AP Music Theory
Keith Schmink, Instructor
This course is a full year course giving the student an extensive background in the harmonic
materials of music in the style of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, culminating with the
opportunity to receive college credit through taking the AP Music Theory Exam in May. This
course has a prerequisite of Music Theory I or instructor permission. In addition to studying the
harmonic materials of music, students will continue to hone their ear training skills in melodic
and harmonic dictation and sight-singing, continue to develop their piano keyboard skills,
continue the use of computer technology as available, and study music of the 20th century.
60% Written Tests & Quizzes
10% Ear Training Tests & Quizzes, Keyboarding Skills
10% Homework Completion – failure to complete homework assignments will affect
your grade in many ways. Git er done!
10% Projects as assigned
10% Classroom Participation
Benward & Saker, Bruce & Marilyn. Music in Theory and Practice. 7th edition. Boston:
Allyn & Bacon, 1998
Kerman, Joseph. Listen. 3rd brief edition. New York: Worth Publishers, 1996.
Benward, Bruce. Ear Training, A Technique for Listening. 7th edition. New York, NY, 2005
Review of Music Theory I concepts (intervals, key signatures, & triads)
Music Theory – Benward Text, Chapters 5-16
Music History – Kerman text, Chapters 20-24
Ear Training – Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Transcription, Keyboard Skills, Sightsinging
On a daily basis, you will need:
1. Theory Text
3. Ear Training Text
4. Pencil X 3 – NO PENS!!!!!
5. Other material as assigned
The ability to send assignments, get assignments, complete assignments, and evaluate
assignments electronically is now a part of this class. I will need your email to communicate
with you from time to time. Assignment #1: Send me an email from your preferred email
account so that I can include you in my address book. If this address should change, be sure to
update that change with me.