AP Music theory prepares students to sit for the AP Music Theory Exam after one academic year. Students have the opportunity to study with an experienced music theory instructor with extensive experience in teaching music theory at the collegiate level. Levine’s music theory students have a longstanding track record of success and have scored a full point (out of 5) over the national average on the AP exam.

This 32-week course is designed for students to participate remotely and asynchronously. Each week, students will complete a prerecorded lesson, a reading assignment, and theory/musicianship assignments. While this work can be completed at any time during the week, assignments are due by end of day on Saturdays.

There will be a weekly review session on Saturdays 1:00-1:45pm ET held via Zoom. Students are required to attend at least two sessions per month, or schedule two appointments per month with the instructor at another time.

AP Music Theory serves as an introduction to college-level music fundamentals, musicianship (sight singing, listening, dictation, and transcription), harmony, musical analysis, and composition. AP Music Theory prepares students with a broad base of knowledge and skills that are essential for performance and composition in many musical genres, including classical, jazz, and popular music.

This course uses an online classroom and music-theory-software. Students are also given access to College-Board approved review materials on the AP Classroom website. All software fees are included with tuition. The required textbook is Harmony in Context, 2nd edition, which students should purchase prior to the first session.

This course has been authorized by the College Board. Students who complete the course can earn college credit, based on AP Exam performance. Students who wish to earn high school credit in addition may request independent study credit, with the approval of their high school counselor. Students who are not able to take the exam at Levine’s Washington, D.C. location are responsible for finding a local testing site.

Please note: Students must have access to a laptop or desktop computer with a microphone. Students must have the ability to read and write standard musical notation. Basic musical performance skills are also recommended.

Students must take a placement exam prior to registering for the class

For more information, please contact Evan Meier, Theory Department Chair, at (202) 686-8000 x1598 or EMeier@levinemusic.org.


AP Music Theory Online

Levine Virtual Campus

Sep 7, 2024 - May 10, 2025

Saturdays, 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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