Music Theater

AP Music Theory

AP Music Theory – a two-semester course – introduces the study of tonal harmony and voice-leading in music of the common practice era (roughly 1600–1900). Students will study melodic function and counterpoint, harmonic function; voice-leading practices both locally and over longer spans within a composition. Students will begin to expand their knowledge of the manner in which harmonic function; melody, meter, and cadential formulae interact to create musical phrases and larger formal structures. Additionally, students will develop aural skillsets necessary to identify functional characteristics of music. While the course concentrates on European classical music, the concepts will often be applicable to much tonal music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including certain styles of film music, popular music, jazz, and some modern “classical” compositions. Prequisite knowledge of the music lexicon is not necessary to enroll in this class. This course is recommended for all students who are enrolled in Instrumental or Vocal Music Ensembles as well as Musical Theater. Advanced private instruction and tutoring is available for interested and/or capable students.

 

Throughout this course students will:

1)     Develop and master the critical vocabulary appropriate to the study, analysis, and evaluation of works of musical art so that they may be better able to communicate about music and exhibit awareness of musical styles and genres previously unknown to them ultimately allowing them to expand their own interests and goals

2)     Develop a familiarity with the names of key creative artists and their outstanding works

3)     Develop and master harmonic conventions and linear voice leading as relating to intervals, triads, seventh chords, and their inversions

4)     Develop and master chromatic compositional and analytical techniques – aural and written –  as pertaining to linear voice leading as relating to non-harmonic tones, tonicization, applied dominants, and modulation

5)     Develop and master compositional and analytical techniques – aural and written – as pertaining to melodic and formal structures

6)     Develop and master compositional and analytical techniques – aural and written – as pertaining to counterpoint, cadential structures, and four-part chorale-style part writing

7)     Develop intelligences and a foundation by which to continue a dialog on the central issues of human existence, such as beauty and truth, as they are reflected in works of art

 

Upon completion, students will:

1)     Demonstrate competence and the ability to communicate ideas and concepts using the traditional music lexicon

2)     Demonstrate the ability to aurally and visually identify linear and vertical events within a musical context found in common-practice period music

3)     Demonstrate the ability to aurally and visually identify formal constructs within a musical context found in common-practice period music

4)     Demonstrate the ability to aurally and visually identify errors within musical contexts found in common-practice period music

5)     Demonstrate the ability to compose music whose context includes elements outlined throughout the course

6)     Demonstrate the ability to convey by way of singing the various elements outlined throughout the course

7)     Be able to enunciate similarities or connections between music and other arts or other historical events; to seek elements of truth and beauty as reflected in the music studied

8)     Be able to demonstrate familiarity with the methodological approaches for interpreting creative works and connecting them to appropriate cultural background and context; be able to comment musically about their own preferences

 


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Mount St. Mary Catholic High School
2801 S Shartel Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73109
(405) 631-8865
A Catholic Mercy School in Oklahoma City serving Grades 9-12
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