AP MUSIC THEORYThe Course

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Important Updates

New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2016 AP Music Theory Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.

Course Overview

AP Music Theory corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course covering topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music.

Essential Course Resources

College Board Store

Find AP Music Theory publications, released exams, and resources in the College Board Store.

 

AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and evaluating student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Music Theory.