AP Music Theory: Example Textbook List

The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Music Theory. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

All editions of the following textbooks after 2005 are appropriate for use in meeting the AP Music Theory curriculum requirements. Earlier editions of these texts and other textbooks not listed here (including concise textbooks) may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Music Theory classroom, please consult the Resource Library in the Online Teacher community,or the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.

Written Theory: Harmony and Comprehensive Texts

Aldwell, Edward, and Carl Schachter. Harmony and Voice Leading. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Benjamin, Thomas, Michael Horvit, and Robert Nelson. Techniques and Materials of Tonal Music: From the Common Practice Period Through the Twentieth Century. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Benward, Bruce, and Marilyn Saker. Music in Theory and Practice. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Clendinning, Jane Piper, Elizabeth West Marvin, and Joel Phillips. The Musician's Guide to Fundamentals. New York: W. W. Norton.

Clendinning, Jane Piper, Elizabeth West Marvin, and Joel Phillips. The Musician's Guide to Fundamentals. New York: W. W. Norton.

Gauldin, Robert. Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music. New York: W. W. Norton.

Henry, Earl, and Michael Rogers. Tonality and Design in Music Theory Vols. 1 & 2. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson,.

Kostka, Stefan, Dorothy Payne, and Byron Almen. Tonal Harmony. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Laitz, Steven G. The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis, and Listening. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mayfield, Connie. Theory Essentials: An Integrated Approach to Harmony, Ear Training, and Keyboard Skills Vols 1 & 2. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Roig-Francoli, Miguel. Harmony in Context. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Spencer, Peter, and Barbara Bennett. The Practice of Harmony. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Steinke, Greg A. Harmonic Materials in Tonal Music: A Programmed Course, Parts 1 and 2. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Straus, Joseph N. Elements of Music. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Turek, Ralph. The Elements of Music: Concepts and Applications, Vols. 1 & 2. New York: McGraw-Hill.


Anthologies for Music Analysis and Study

Benjamin, Thomas E., Michael E. Horvit, and Robert Nelson. Music for Analysis: From the Common Practice Period and the Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford University Press.

Burkhart, Charles, and William Rothstein. Anthology for Musical Analysis. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Clendinning, Jane Piper, and Elizabeth West Marvin. The Musician's Guide to Anthology Recordings: for The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis. New York: W. W. Norton.


Aural Skills: Sight Singing, Ear Training, Keyboard, and Rhythmic Reading Texts

Benjamin, Thomas E., Michael Horvit, and Robert S. Nelson. Music for Sight Singing. Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.

Benward, Bruce, and J. Timothy Kolosick. Ear Training: A Technique for Listening. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Benward, Bruce, and Maureen Carr. Sight Singing Complete. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Durham, Thomas. Beginning Tonal Dictation. Waveland Press, Inc.

Hall, Anne Carothers. Studying Rhythm. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Pearson.

Karpinski, Gary, and Richard Kram. Anthology for Sight Singing and Manual for Ear Training and Sight Singing. New York: W. W. Norton.

Krueger, Carol. Progressive Sight Singing. New York: Oxford University Press.

Marcozzi, Rudy. Strategies and Patterns for Ear Training. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Pearson.

Ottman, Robert, and Nancy Rogers. Music for Sight Singing. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Phillips, Joel, Jane Piper Clendinning, Elizabeth West Marvin, and Paul Murphy. The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills, Vols. 1 & 2. New York: W. W. Norton.

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