The ultimate goal of an Advanced Placement Music Theory course is to develop a student's ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The focus of this class is to learn the music principles of the Common Practice Period upon which Western music is based.
If a student cannot read the basics of music, such as note names of the treble and bass clefs, time signatures, and rhythm, they should not enroll in this course. Throughout the year the students will work to develop aural, sight-singing, written, compositional, and analytical skills. By the completion of this course students should master the rudiments and terminology of music, including: notation, intervals, scales and keys, chords, metric organization, rhythmic patterns, harmonization of a melody, realization of a figured bass, analysis of repertoire, functional triadic harmony, tonal relationships, modulation, phrase structure, and formal analysis.
All class assignments, quizzes, tests, etc. are found in Canvas.