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.)
Ms. Buonamici has a Master's Degree in Music Theory from Colorado State University. She is aware of her uber-geeky status.