AP Music Theory is offered at Cypress Falls High School. The class curriculum will consist of the basic fundamentals of music theory including but not limited to music notational reading, intervals, harmonic analysis, melodic analysis, and modal analysis. As an advanced placement class, students will have the option of taking the AP exam at the completion of the class for college credit and/or advanced placement. Please see the band director for any questions regarding the class.
It is the goal of this course to gain knowledge of music elements (melody, harmony, form, rhythm, meter, texture, timbre, etc.) and use this knowledge through various listening, singing, writing, analytical, and creative activities to develop various speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills associated with the language of music.
General knowledge/Language of Music: Students are expected to achieve fluency with the terminology and symbols used to describe musical elements, including their interaction.
Oral Skills: Students are expected to sing independently, demonstrating accurate intonation and rhythm, using literature ranging in difficulty from moderate to difficult. This includes sight-singing major, minor, and chromatic melodies in simple and compound meters.
Aural Skills: Students are expected to identify through listening: intervals, scales and keys, harmonic structure, metric organization, rhythmic patterns, texture, and form. These skills will be developed through dictation (both melodic and harmonic) as well as aural analysis of standard Western tonal repertoire.
Writing Skills: Students are expected to master notational skills such as clef placement, use of key and time signatures, proper metric use of beaming, vertical alignment of chords, etc. These skills will progress to include more sophisticated and creative tasks: melodic harmonization, figured bass realization, and the realization of a Roman numeral progression.
Visual skills: Students are expected to identify and describe musical elements and their interaction from visual representation, including study of motivic treatment, examination of rhythmic and melodic interaction between individual voices of a composition, and harmonic analysis of functional tonal passages.