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AP Music Theory


Spring 2025

Monday, January 27 – Friday, May 16, 2025


Student-Paced Course


Foundations of Music Theory



In this course, students will learn to recognize, understand and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. We address fundamental aural, analytical and compositional skills using listening and written exercises. Building on this foundation, we include more creative tasks: harmonizing a melody, composing a musical bass line to provide a two-voice counterpoint, and realizing figured-bass notation. On successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit the AP Music Theory exam.

Completion of this course requires regular access to a laptop or desktop computer with working microphone and webcam, as well as a reliable internet connection.

This Student-Paced course is a time-flexible course format that empowers students to complete rigorous and connected learning experiences while accommodating significant outside commitments, including travel, athletics, internships and camp. Students have full access to course materials and activities throughout the term. They work closely with teachers to set individualized weekly benchmarks to create accountability and build consistency. Students interact with teachers and peers via discussion threads, collaborative readings, video posts and other media. Students have the opportunity to meet live for orientation and introduction at start of term, progress check at midterm, and culminating presentations at end of term.


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Student-Paced Course