Advanced Placement Theory

We encourage area high school students to take Music AP courses, so that they might receive credit at Fresno State for music theory and/or ear training courses (up to all of their Freshman theory requirements).

If you are a high school teacher and need help developing an AP course, go to the College Board AP Central website and/or contact Dr. Boone.

For a full discussion of the Music Theory AP course and test (including topic outline, course description, sample exam, and grade distribution), go to this link on the College Board Website.

The AP test is divided into two components - one which tests written theory knowledge (nonaural) and one which tests listening skills (aural). Credit is given at CSUF as follows:

  • Music majors and minors may receive 3 hours of credit for Music 40 if they receive a nonaural subscore of 3 or higher on the Music AP test.
  • Music majors and minors may receive 3 hours of credit for Music 41 if they receive a nonaural subscore of 4 on the Music AP test.
  • Music majors and minors may receive 1 hour of credit for Music 1A if they receive an aural subscore grade of 3 or higher on the Music AP test.
  • Music majors and minors may receive 1 hour of credit for Music 1B if they receive an aural subscore grade of 4 or higher on the Music AP test.