In this semester length course, students will: identify, in written and performed music, pitch, rhythm, meter, intervals, scales/key signatures, expressive elements, musical terms, chords and chord progressions. Students will use these skills to notate performed music, sing a notated melody, and compose 4-part music in the common-practice style. The course, which is taught in the fall (Quarters 1 and 2), prepares students for the AP Music Theory Exam. Students may choose to enroll in Quarter 3 for guided exam preparation. MNOHS does not administer the AP exam, so students will need to make arrangements with a local district or school.
Course Materials: Web-based music theory and music notation software are provided online..
Standards met: his course meets the 2018 Minnesota Arts Standards in Music with an emphasis on Creating and Performing.
Prerequisites: Introductory Theory: The Minutiae of Music or another high school level music theory course. Prospective students should be able to read and write musical notation and have basic performance skills with voice or an instrument. Understanding of scales, key signatures, intervals and chords is recommended, but not required.