AP® Music Theory

AP® Music Theory


Instructor: Ms. Seray

Please review course details below.



REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN - Classes start August 26, 2019 and end May 1, 2020.

No classes:

  • Thanksgiving Break: November 25 - December 1, 2019

  • Winter Break: December 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020

  • Spring Break: March 9 - 15, 2020


AP® Music Theory is a course directed at students who have a keen interest in learning the elements of music. The mantra of this course is “Practice, practice, practice”, and as such, students’ learning will be continually reinforced through the practical application of theoretical knowledge. Students will develop their aural, sight-reading, written, compositional, and analytical skills by engaging in regular singing exercises, dictation exercises, and by listening to recordings.

This course requires a study commitment, outside of instruction time, of approximately 7 hours per week.


  • Define basic musical terms and theoretical concepts

  • Understand how to construct major, minor, chromatic, whole-tone, and modal scales

  • Demonstrate the ability to construct and analyze major, minor, augmented, diminished intervals and triads

  • Recognize, audiate, and sing or play scales, intervals, triads, rhythms, and melodies

  • Sing simple conjunct and disjunct melodies at sight

  • Construct compositions in four-part texture

  • Analyze harmonic structure utilizing Roman numerals and figured bass

  • Identify basic forms and cadences

  • Analyze musical works to articulate responses to formal, stylistic, and aesthetic qualities of the works

  • Complete weekly pre-recorded lectures

  • Participate in interactive online student forums

  • Deliver assessments, assignments, and/or practice AP® exams in a timely manner


  • This course is recommended for students 15 years of age or above

  • Students must be fluent in being able to read and write music in at least one clef

  • It is recommended that students have established piano skills, and have access to a piano


  1. Kostka, Stefan and Payne, Dorothy. Tonal Harmony: With an Introduction to Twentieth Century Music, 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000 (with the accompanying CD)

  2. Brye, Joseph. Basic Principles of Music Theory. New York: Ronald Press, 1965.

  3. Ottman, Robert. Elementary Harmony: Theory and Practice, 5th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 1998.

  4. MuseScore or FinaleNote (both apps are free to download)

  5. Staff Paper, binder with loose leaf paper, pencil, and eraser

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Ms. Seray’s musical career spans twenty years with formal education in classical violin performance, music theory and aural studies from the Manhattan School of Music. She has completed all musical education board exams in both New York and Australia, and was a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has and continues to perform in international orchestra competitions, regional orchestras, chamber groups, theatrical performances, private and corporate functions. For the past ten years, Ms. Seray has provided musical education to homeschoolers, community groups, and private students worldwide. Read more.