Music Theory and AP Music

Introduction

This section of the Music Department Web Site is intended to provide extra help in the areas of theory to all members of the Music Programme. You will find information below relating specifically to the Music Theory Advanced Placement course but you will also find help in reading music, building chords, improvising and anything else that involves music theory and will help you to understand your music and play it better. 

Music AP

Music AP is offered at St. George's as an opportunity to learn what is equivalent to first year university theory. Depending on the background of the students taking the course in any given year, the content of the course will emphasize the learning and application of theoretical constructs in Western European Art Music (classical music) from the Baroque to Romantic periods. Equal value is put on the learning of written theory, aural and oral understanding of the written theory and application of the knowledge through composition.

Enrollment in the course is not limited to those already taking other courses in the Music Program although it ability to read music is essential and some prior experience with music theory through programs like the Royal Conservatory is recommended.

Course work leads to the writing of the Music AP Theory Exam in May and to a major third term project demonstrating the students knowledge of theory.

For more information on the course, please see Dr. Markel, the course instructor, or visit the College Board's Music AP Theory website.

Theory Resources

Following are links to a number of external web sites that have general information on theory that will be of help to you:

General Resources:
Grove Encyclopedia of Music - the best starting point for all music research. Check the school library for subscription information.
Online Music Dictionary - a good place to look up all those funny words you find in your music.
Public Theory and History Dictionary - What's a Neapolitan Sixth Chord? How high can a Castrato sing? Find the answers here!

Composers
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Composer Biographies - A good start to find out who's who.
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