AP® Music Theory is an intensive, fast-paced course which aims to increase students’ overall musicianship and prepare them for the Advanced Placement exam. Students will begin to look at music on a deeper level and relate theory to their personal instrument, experiencing growth in performance and technicality. There are both aural and analytical components to the class: students will learn to sight sing, analyze a variety of genres, and strengthen their ear. Students will have the chance to compose and perform original compositions as well as explore different fields of the music world. AP® Music Theory starts with the basics (clef reading, scales, and chords) and continues all the way up to a college level theory course (harmonic and form analysis, modulation). This is a crucial course for anyone looking to pursue music professionally or for anyone who wants to pursue their passion in music. AP Music Theory students often pass out of entry level theory classes in college and use this course to help them on theory entrance exams.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
"I just want to say that while this is a really challenging course (probably one of the most challenging I've taken in my high school years thus far!), I'm so, so, so happy I decided to take it. Not only is music theory something I'm passionate about. It's now something I'm becoming good at, and the more I work on my skills, the more I know I will improve! This course is so interactive and I actually look forward to many of the assignments. I feel inspired to succeed and even if I don't end up doing music professionally, I know taking this course was a great idea!"
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
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This course is approved by: the College Board and the University of California.
Fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools & the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025.
B.A., Cornell University
M.A., Columbia University
M.Ed., Columbia University