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AP Music Theory Online Class with College Credit

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Tuning Fork and Musical Staff for Online High School AP Music Theory ClassTake high school AP Music Theory online and earn 1 full credit toward your high school diploma. It's free for Wisconsin students.

AP Music Theory


AP Music Theory is a rigorous study of music theory for students interested in pursuing music beyond high school. The focus will be on skills required to be successful as a first year music student at a college, university or conservatory. The course is designed to prepare students for the AP music theory test in the spring. Students considering this class should have a strong background in music, including the ability to read both bass and treble clefs fluently.

Course content will include harmony and harmonic analysis, melodic and rhythmic structure, part-writing, formal analysis, score reading, and a music history overview. Personal musical skills will be developed daily through ear-training, dictation and sight-singing. Although keyboard skills are not required, they are beneficial and should be developed during the term of the class.

Semester 1: The Rudiments of Music and Elementary Counterpoint

  • Staff, Clefs, Pitches
  • Beat, Meter and Rhythm
  • Scales, Keys and Intervals
  • Triads and Chords
  • Roman Numeral Analysis
  • Introduction to Two-Voice Counterpoint

Semester 2: Basics of Harmony, Phrase Structure and Form

  • Scoring and Transposition
  • The Phrase Model
  • Melodic, Harmonic and Rhythmic Embellishment
  • Chorale Harmonization and Voice-Leading Procedures
  • Figured Bass Realization
  • Harmonic Expansions and Progressions
  • Formal Analysis
  • Phrase Structure

Learning Targets:

  1. Composition: Synthesize and apply knowledge of rudimentary musical materials to the construction of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
  2. Analysis: Deconstruct the elements of a piece of music in order to become more aware of the elements out of which it is composed and how they are connected to one another.
  3. Aural Awareness: Discern between various aural stimuli in order to develop a practical understanding of the rudimentary aspects of music theory in an application-based context.
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What you need to know about AP Music Theory

Unlike other online schools, eAchieve Academy offers AP Music Theory for students looking to pursue a career in music practice or performance—all online! With that kind of freedom, students can work towards their high school diplomas how and where they want.

Where can I take AP Music Theory classes?

It's important to know your options. Our comprehensive list of Wisconsin school districts by county gives you the full picture: if the school you attend doesn't offer AP Music theory, then you might be eligible to transfer schools within your district. OR you can take online AP Music Theory for FREE at eAchieve Online Academy.

Are AP Music Theory classes hard?

AP students are expected to comprehend and discuss complex topics in music with the same aptitude as a freshman in college. Although AP coursework may be difficult, many of our students found the material to be a fun challenge, and beneficial towards their college careers.

Are AP Music Theory Classes worth it?

The rigorous work involved in an AP course can be intimidating, but the benefits of taking an online AP course are worth it! In addition to gaining incredible knowledge, students will get college credit and college course experience to prepare them for future higher education courses.

How does AP Music Theory work?

The course takes one semester to complete, and works much like a regular class except more in-depth. AP Music Theory involves thorough comprehension of music theories and performance practices. Students will take an AP Exam at the end of the semester to determine how much college credit they’ve earned.

Is AP Music Theory necessary?

AP class are not necessary to graduate high school, but are beneficial for students who want to earn college credit and reduce their high-level education costs in the future. AP Music Theory is specialized for students who want to further their music knowledge or careers.

Can I take online AP Music Theory online?

Absolutely! eAchieve offers an extensive collection of online AP classes for high school students to enroll in. Start your path today to further your knowledge, advance your credits, and prepare for college with courses offered at eAchieve.

How many AP classes should I take?

Research often helps students figure out how many AP classes they should take in a year, but someone’s ability to handle coursework changes year to year as that individual grows. Challenge yourself at first, but try not to overwhelm yourself with work, and go from there.

How does the weighted AP GPA work?

One of the many benefits of taking AP classes is that they count more towards your GPA than standard courses: which means that it is possible for students to achieve a GPA greater than 4.0! Many of our AP students see this as a safety net and a challenge to graduate with a 4.0+ (very impressive to colleges). 

How do I take AP classes outside of high school?

Start your path to online AP classes today to begin getting college credit, advance your knowledge, and prepare yourself for higher education with the courses offered at eAchieve, all on your terms.

What’s the best way to choose which AP classes to take?

Start with subjects you’re genuinely interested in, especially in subjects where you’ve been successful in the past. If you’re college-bound after high school, it can be a good idea to choose AP classes based on your major.

What’s the difference between AP Music Theory and regular high school music classes?

AP, Honors, and regular high school classes have key differences you should know so you can take fullest advantage of your time in high school. Only AP classes give you the opportunity to earn college credit as a high school student.

Can homeschooled students take AP Music Theory online?

Yes. Students who are homeschooled can enroll in up to two AP classes per semester. Many students at eAchieve are homeschoolers earning AP credit online to supplement their curriculum.

What are the pros and cons of AP courses?

AP classes can be very advantageous for the right type of students. Of course they’re not for everyone – it really depends on your academic or career goals after graduation.

Is AP Music Theory the same as taking music theory classes in college?

AP classes are designed to be as difficult as first-year college courses. Beyond the introductory level, college courses are much more rigorous and in-depth than AP classes.

Do colleges like AP Music Theory?

If you’re able to earn good grades and exam scores, having AP classes on your transcript looks great on college applications. Of course there’s no point in taking lots of AP classes only to get poor grades.

How do I manage my time when taking AP Music Theory along with other AP classes?

Handling multiple AP classes is challenging, but there are some strategies you can adopt to make things more manageable. Time-management skills will give you an advantage in college and beyond.

Is taking AP Music Theory better than an equivalent dual enrollment class?

AP classes vs. dual enrollment classes isn’t an easy comparison to make. AP classes and exams are standardized in each state, while dual enrollment classes can vary in difficulty based on where you take them.

Contact the education professionals at eAchieve Academy to get started on your personalized path to education. 
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Our AP Music Theory online course is FREE for Wisconsin residents under 21.
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