AP® Music Theory

  • Name:

    AP® Music Theory (MTHR500)

  • Department:

    Fine Arts

  • Credits:

    1.0 (yearlong course)

  • Suggested Prerequisites:

    Music Theory (MTHR100)

AP® Music Theory


Not available 22-23

This course will develop the student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music. The goal is identifying and analyzing what is heard and presented in a musical score. This goal is achievable by developing the following: aural skills through listening exercises, sight singing through performance exercises, written analysis through essay, compositional skill through creative exercises, and analytical skill through analysis. Students taking this course will be prepared to successfully complete the AP® Music Theory Exam.

Special Notes:

If you are planning to take the AP® exam associated with this course, then be aware that beginning in Fall 2019 the College Board requires that all students register in October of each school year to take the exam which is held in early May. You must make your decision early. There are penalties associated with late registration and with registering and then deciding not to take the exam at a later date. Please plan accordingly. For more information or if you have more questions, please visit  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org . Once on the site, search Home-Schooled Students to find information on locating testing locations near you.

As an online school, NorthStar Academy is not a testing center. We are a certified AP course provider. Students must locate a face to face school in their local area that will allow them to sit the exam with their students.

This version of the course is not Dual Credit eligible. To receive Dual Credit, you must register for the DC version of this course, if available.


How do composers choose notes, rhythms, and harmonies? Musical elements combine into the great music we hear and play. Musicians join these notes, rhythms, and harmonies, creating a unique and interesting musical work of art. This course covers all of the musical topics and abilities needed to perform well on the AP® Music Theory Exam. We’ve had a great success rate. Become another success story!

If there are books and materials for this course, they can be purchased from our Online Bookstore.

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