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AP Music Theory

For new and experienced AP teachers, this workshop includes College Board resources, released exams and student samples

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Align their instruction with the goals of the AP Music Theory course
  • Identify the skills and knowledge that the exam will assess, and identify the tasks and materials for which students might need more preparation
  • Draft a syllabus that meets the curricular requirements for the course
  • Make equitable access a guiding principle in designing instruction

Workshop materials

At every AP Music Theory workshop held by the College Board, each participant receives a copy of the Workshop Handbook, which contains:

  • AP Music Theory Course Description
  • AP Course Audit information
  • Sample syllabus for AP Music Theory and a Syllabus Development Guide
  • AP Music Theory free-response materials (student samples, scoring guidelines and commentary)

Curriculum Module: Minor Matters: Developing Competence in Minor-Mode Dictation

This curriculum module is designed to help AP Music Theory teachers and their students focus on and practice aural and notational competency in the minor mode. It models ways of presenting and reinforcing the core concepts involved and provides example exercises in hearing and notating the melodic minor patterns primarily used in melodic construction, as well as the harmonic minor patterns that characterize chord progressions in minor keys. Chapters include:

  • Working in the Minor Mode: Melodic Minor Scales and Melodic Dictation
  • Working in the Minor Mode: Harmonic Minor Scales and Harmonic Dictation

Note: Curriculum module materials reflect important topics in AP courses, and the materials are meant to provide teachers with resources and classroom ideas. However, curriculum module materials should not be taken as an indication that a particular topic will appear on the AP Exam.

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