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AP* MUSIC THEORY

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You may not be Mozart (or maybe you are—hey, we think that's a great name), but we bet Wolfie A. himself wouldn't have been able to compose his way to a 5 on an AP exam.

Probably. Lucky for you, that's where Shmoop's guide to AP Music Theory exam comes in.



Test-Taking Tips

Specifically designed for mastering the AP Music Theory exam. Learn the secret to figuring out figured bass, what exactly "texture" has to do with music, and how to sight-sing your way to greatness.

Two Full-Length Practice Exams

Curious about what it's really like to answer 75 multiple-choice questions, 7 free response problems, and then sight-sing to boot? Take a full-length practice exam on Shmoop…and then take another one. Because we have two.

Practice Drills

If you forget everything you read approximately three seconds after you read it, never fear: refine your mad music theory skills with drills, more drills, and—you guessed it—even more drills.

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Check out our in-depth study guide and practice problems galore.



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  • Musical Terminology

  • Notational Skills

    • Rhythms and Meters
    • Clefs and Pitches
    • Key Signatures, Scales, and Modes
    • Intervals and Chords
    • Melodic Transposition

  • Basic Compositional Skills

    • Figured-Bass Symbols and Roman Numerals
    • Bass Lines

  • Score Analysis

    • Harmonic Procedures
    • Melodic Organization and Developmental Procedures
    • Rhythmic/Metric Organization
    • Texture
    • Formal Devices and Procedures

  • Aural Skills

    • Sight Singing
    • Melodic Dictation
    • Harmonic Dictation
    • Isolated Pitch and Rhythmic Patterns
    • Errors in Pitch and Rhythm
    • Musical Literature

  • Terms and Symbols

    • Form
    • Harmony
    • Intervals
    • Performance Terms
    • Rhythm/Meter/Temporal Organization
    • Scales/Keys/Modes
    • Text/Music Relations
    • Texture

  • And a lot more!

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