Music Theory AP

    AP Music Theory is a course of study that will greatly expand on the knowledge Noblesville High School musicians have gained in their performance classes. We will study a wide variety of music, but will focus on Western tonal music. Not only will students analyze written music, but we will also compose using music technology, transcribe music heard into written music, and also sight sing and play basic keyboard harmonies. Upon completion of the course, students will be prepared to take the AP Music Theory Exam.
    Students will:
    • Master notational skills, intervals, scales and keys, chords, metric organization, and rhythmic patterns.
    • Compose a bass line for a given melody, implying appropriate harmony.
    • Realize figured bass.
    • Realize a chord progression from Roman numerals.
    • Analyze musical repertoire from a wide variety of styles and instrumentations, according to its: Sound, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm and meter, and Growth of form (SHMRG).
    • Compose using modern and non-traditional harmonic systems such as twelve tone, modes, and jazz.
    • Transpose music into different clefs, keys, and octaves.
    • Notate from dictation rhythms, melodies, and harmonies.
    • Learn and apply the rules of the common practice period to their compositions, analyses, and realizations.
    • Sight sing.
    • Play basic keyboard harmonies.

    The State of Indiana requires students to sit for AP exams in order to qualify for the Academic Honors Diplomas as well as the new Graduation Pathway requirements.  Therefore, any student at Noblesville High School enrolled in a College Board Advanced Placement course will be required to sit for the corresponding exam.  Cumulative grade point averages will be re-calculated retroactively without the grade weight for students who do not take the exam.  The cost of AP assessments are decided by the College Board and are currently $98 with a $7 administration fee at Noblesville High School.

    Prerequisites: None
    • A one year course (2 credits earned)
    • A Core 40 and AHD Course
    • Grades 11 and 12