Course Map for

AP Music Theory

Last updated on June 5, 2013

Month

Content

Skills

Assessment

August

September







Basic materials of Music: time and sound.

Notation of pitch.

Time classification, elements and principals of rhythmic organization and notation.

Note and rest values.

Time signatures.

Sight singing.

Dictation.

Notation of pitch and rhythm in all clefs - Treble, bass, alto, tenor, and movable c clef.

Counting and understanding of rhythmic values and time signatures.

Sight singing.

Melodic dictation.

Mastery frames and supplementary assignments from chapters 1 - 5 in book - "Basic Materials in Music Theory".

Weekly quizzes.

Mid-term test.

October









Intervals.

The basic scales - major, natural minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor.

Modes - Ionian, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian, locrian.

Sight singing.

Dictation.

Identify intervals by sight and sound - interval recognition.

Identify and write all basic scales.

Sight singing.

Melodic dictation.

Mastery frames and supplementary assignments from chapters 5 - 9.

Weekly quizzes.

Final test.

November

Key signatures.-Major and minor.

Relative major and relative minor concepts.

Circle of 5ths.

Triads - Major, minor, augmented, and diminished.

Sight singing.

Dictation.

Identify and write all major and minor key signatures.

Write the circle of 5ths.

Identify and write all qualities of triads.

Sight singing.

Melodic dictation.

Mastery frames and supplementary assignments for chapter 10 & 11.

Weekly quizzes.

Mid - term.

December

REVIEW - comprehensive.

Some definitions - music terminology.

Triad quality - symbols.

Sight singing.

Dictation.

Identify and notate - basic notation, rhythms, intervals, keys signatures, time signatures, triads.

Know terminology.

Sight signing.

Dictation.

Weekly quizzes and assignments.

Review worksheets.

January

The structure of tonality.

Roman and Arabic numerals - analysis.

Primary and secondary triads.

Substitutions.

Progression vs. Retrogression

Triads in root position - doubling and spacing.

Voice leading.

Sight singing.

Dictation.

Roman numeral analysis.

Identify progression vs. retrogression.

Write triads in root position.

Write on a grand staff with proper doubling and spacing of notes.

Follow proper voice leading

Sight sing.

Melodic dictation.

Mastery frames and supplementary assignments to chap. 2-4 in book. "Harmonic materials in tonal music".

Weekly dictations

Weekly quizzes.

Final - comprehensive.

February

Take 1993 AP music theory exam.

Triads in first and second inversion.

The six-four chord.

Seventh chords.

Dominant seventh chord.

Phrase structure and cadences.

Sight Singing.

Dictation.

Voice leading in inversion.

Identify the four types of six-four chords.

Identify and write all qualities of seventh chords.

Identify and write four types of cadences.

Recognize phrase structure.

Mastery frames and supplementary assignments from Chap. 5-7.

Weekly quizzes.

Mid-term.

Daily dictations.

March

Nonharmonic tones - terminology

Harmonic progression.

Aural analysis.

The technique of harmonization.

Sight singing.

Dictation.

Identify and write all types of non-harmonic tones in context.

Complete aural analysis.

Melodic and harmonic dictations.

Sight sing.

Mastery frames and supplementary assignments from Chap. 8-10

Weekly quizzes

Daily dictations.

Final - comprehensive.

April

Transposition.

Review.

Take 1998 AP Music theory exam.

Transpose for all musical instruments.

Comprehensive knowledge of all materials covered in the course.

Quiz on transposition.

Practice tests.

May

Review.

Take AP Exam - mid-month.

Final history project.

Final composition project.

Comprehensive knowledge.

Aural presentation - history project.

Compose individual piece - composition project.

Practice tests.

Complete two final projects.

June