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AP Music Theory Course Home Page

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

AP Music Theory Course Description (PDF/958KB) — Fall 2012

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.

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.

A full practice exam is available by logging into your AP Course Audit account.

Access online score reports for your students.

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.

Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.

Professional Development

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.

Classroom Resources

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.

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