Course title

AP Music Theory Hon


Entrance placement exam administered in January, qualify on a placement rubric

Course description

AP Music Theory integrates aspects of melody; harmony; texture; rhythm; form; musical analysis; elementary composition and; to some extent; history and style. Musicianship skills such as dictation and other listening skills; sight-singing; and keyboard harmony are a part of the theory course. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is considered a fundamental skill to participate in the course. The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize; understand; and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. This course aligns with the National Collegiate Honors Council’s expectations for university Honors course pedagogy. The course format will follow these objectives in the delivery of the content: 1. Discussion and writing are the hallmarks of Honors classes. Students will consistently use writing; both in class and out; as a means to express ideas and prepare for discussions. 2. The course is discussion-oriented rather than lecture. The instructor provides background to inform the discussion and guide the research; as students are given time in advance to read; research and prepare their responses in writing. 3. Students work to develop the ability to think about a broad range of ideas and come to understand how scholars and artists work by reading and responding to primary source material; by exploring issues and problems in-depth rather than quickly and superficially; and by being carefully exposed to and guided through the methods of many disciplines. Students learn to see the broad implications of each issue as well as learning to analyze and synthesize the material. 4. Students work to become more independent as critical thinkers demonstrating the ability to use knowledge and logic when discussing an issue or an idea; while considering the consequences of their ideas; for themselves; for others; and for society. The classroom environment is open to many perspectives and points of view; where students are encouraged to take intellectual risks and feel safe doing so.

School country

United States

School state


School city


High school

Horizon Honors High

School / district Address

16233 S 48th Street

School zip code


Requested competency code

Fine Arts

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • FIAR
  • 1 year of Fine Art

Approved date

Online / Virtual