Hello Music Theorists!
Welcome to AP Music Theory. You will be receiving three textbooks:
1. The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis, 3rd Ed. (textbook)
2. The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills, 3rd Ed. (Sight-Singing)
3. The Musician's Guide: Workbook and Ear Training
This class is a detailed analysis of Aural and Written music. There will be singing and composing, as well!
Your first assignment is to send a quick email to email@example.com and tell me...
1. Your name
2. What instrument(s) you play and your level of mastery (how many years?)
3. What career path you are interested in
4. Why did you choose this class?
5. Anything that will help me get to know you better!
6. Watch this (and listen to the harmonies): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLm07s8fnzM
FRQs 5 and 6 are due at 9am on Wednesday, April 15th!
We will do FRQ 7 together that day!
Have a great break!
The AP Music Theory Exam will be at 7:30am on Friday, May 17th.
Please meet in the Band Room at 7:25am
We are currently learning meter and time signatures.
1. Duple, Triple, and Quadruple = what the conductor is beating
2. Simple Meter is when the beat is divisible by 2
Compound is when the beat is divisible by 3
Eg. Compound Triple is be 9/8 time.
COMPOSITION: Nursery Rhyme Melody
Simple Songwriting 101:
The composition will be due Tuesday, October 2nd. You will have all period this Friday (Sept. 28th) to work on it.
NOTE* Take Home Test on Major and Minor Scales and Key Signatures is Due Wednesday!
1, 4, 5, 8, = Diminished/Perfect/Augmented Qualities
2, 3, 6, 7, = Diminished/Minor/Major/Augmented Qualities
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This week we are working on Major and Minor Key Signatures and Scales.
Our study of Intervals will begin on Wednesday, August 29 and continue until Wednesday, September 5th.
1. Sight Singing Test: #16-19 is Due on Thursday, August 30th at Midnight. Submit your recording to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state your name and the number you are singing. You may choose any from the list.
2. There will be an Interval Quiz on Wednesday, August 29th.
3. The first big test (Chapter 1: Scales, Keys, and Intervals) will be Friday, September 7th.
Remember that Music Theory is a Spiral Curriculum! Just like math, we build on previous information! Please ask if you start to get confused!
AP Theory: August 25-29th8/24/2014
This week we are covering the following GA Standards:
1. Major and Minor Key Signatures and Forms of Scales
2. The tonal relationship between key areas or Tonal Centers.
3. Sight-Singing and Melodic Dictation.
You will need to be able to define the following tonal relationships.
1. Relative Keys: Keys that have the same pitches (key Signature) but different tonic. (F and d)
2. Parallel Keys: Keys that share a tonic, but have different key signatures. (A and a)
3. Enharmonic Equivalent Keys: Keys that have a tonic that is Enharmonic (F# and Gb)
4. Closely Related Keys: Keys that are within ONE accidental of each other. (C, a, G, e, F, d)
5. Foreign Keys: Keys that are NOT Closely Related. (D, E)
Be able to notate Major scales and the three forms of minor scales: natural, melodic, and harmonic, both with and without accidentals, as well as correctly define key signatures in Major and minor modes and their relationship to each other.
Major Scale: Half steps between 3/4 and 7/8
Natural Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3 and 5/6 (Matches the Key Signature)
Harmonic Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3, 5/6 and 7/8. (It is a natural minor scale with a raised 7th scale degree.
Melodic Minor Scale: Half steps between 2/3 and 7/8. (It is a natural minor scale with raised 6th and 7th scale degrees and then use the natural minor on the descent.)
This week we are learning how to construct a simple melody.
a. Mostly it needs to be conjunct
b. It needs a high point and a low point
c. It should begin and end on tonic
d. All melody tones that fall on a strong beat should be a chord tone of the supporting harmonic structure
We are also learning how to compose a simple counterpoint line against a given melody
a. Use only consonances: m3, M3, m6, M6, P1, P5, P8
Perfect intervals need to be approached by contrary motion and cannot appear with too many in succession
b. Avoid all dissonant harmonies. Forbidden intervals are m2, M2, P4, m7, and M7 and ALL Augmented and Diminished intervals
c. Always start with tonic in the lower voice and end with tonic in the upper voice
Sight-Singing Test THIS FRIDAY!!!
There are three different kinds of 6/4 chords. All of them must be approached and resolved by step, because they are UNSTABLE.
1. Cadential 6/4 I6/4 Bass Line= Sol Sol Do STRONG BEAT
Common Progression: I6/4 V7 I
2. Pedal 6/4 IV6/4 or I6/4 Bass Line = Do Do Do or Sol Sol Sol WEAK BEAT
Common Progressions: I IV6/4 I or V I6/4 V
3. Passing 6/4 Bass Line = Do Re Mi or Mi Re Do (stepwise) WEAK BEAT
Common Progressions: I V6/4 I6
QUIZ on WEDNESDAY 01.13.16
Sight-Singing test on Friday 01.15.16
Ms. Buonamici has a Master's Degree in Music Theory from Colorado State University. She is aware of her uber-geeky status.