New Exam for Classroom Use
A secure 2016 AP Music Theory Exam is now available on the AP Course Audit website. To access, sign in to your AP Course Audit account, and click on the Secure Documents link in the Resources section of your Course Status page.
Digital Audio Submission
Beginning with the spring 2017 AP Exams, all sight singing responses must be recorded digitally in MP3 format and submitted online using the Digital Audio Submission (DAS) portal. This new process replaces cassette tape and CD submission.
Welcome, AP Teachers! AP Music Theory corresponds to two semesters of a typical introductory college music theory course covering topics such as musicianship, theory, musical materials, and procedures. Students develop the ability to recognize, understand, and describe basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. Development of aural skills is a primary objective. Students understand basic concepts and terminology by listening to and performing a wide variety of music.
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and describes the exam and the AP program in general.
Audio files containing the recorded sample questions for the AP Music Theory Course Description are also available.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.3MB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
The Teacher's Guide (.pdf/3.29MB) includes instructional strategies and sample syllabi.
The Course Perspective shares one educator's approach to teaching the course.
Search AP Music Theory programs by state and connect with other AP Music Theory teachers.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page describes the current exam and provides access to former test questions.
The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.
You can access secure exams for classroom use by logging in to your Course Audit account.
Access online score reports for your students.
More Exam Resources
The 1998 Released Exam is a resource you might use with your students.
Comparing AP Music Theory Subscore Grades with the Composite Grade provides an explanation of subscores.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has course planning resources, such as curricular requirements, syllabus development guides, sample syllabi, and more.
Benefits of Becoming an Authorized AP Teacher
Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts
Feedback on your syllabus
Access to secure practice exams
Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.
The AP Program offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers, AP coordinators, and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the preparation, resources, and support needed to develop and implement effective strategies for teaching an AP course.
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered.
Search for an upcoming AP Music Theory workshop to register.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues
The AP Music Theory Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP Music Theory publications, released exams, and resources in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and evaluating student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Music Theory.