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Barron's AP Music Theory with Audio Compact Discs Pap/Com Edition
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Now that we've had a chance to use this book for a couple of weeks, I can tell you what a wonderful job the authors have done. In 22 chapters and 632 pages they masterfully cover every topic on the AP Music Theory course syllabus, every topic on the exam outline, and so much more. The review material that they provide in each chapter is very thorough, and the exercises are interesting and challenging. After every few chapters is an aural unit that presents additional multiple choice questions. The questions on the audio CDs are presented in the same style as the sample exam questions available from the College Board. The final 6 chapters of the book present sound strategies for each part of the exam. The two practice tests promise to offer the most realistic exams outside of those actually given by the College Board. I especially appreciate all of the information and exercises that this book has for the sight singing portion of the AP exam. It's impossible to find anything like that in any other source.Read more ›
This study guide walks you through all the sections of the exam, with great aural examples. Every chapter is concluded with practice questions designed to the same flow and feel of the questions on the AP exam. Early chapters cover more introductory materials, but still use the AP format for questions. Each unit has an Aural Skills exam with the accompanying CDs. There are 2 full practice exams at the end of the book. Used in conjunction with released AP exams, your students can practice on 4 or 5 total AP style exams to be more prepared for the actual exam itself.
I have found it difficult to find materials that will help develop the aural skills necessary for exam success. In this book, you have a logical progression (no pun intended) of exercises to help develop both melodic and harmonic dictation skills. In addition, there are great examples and exercises for preparing for the sight-singing portion as well.
I have recommended to all my students that they purchase this book to help prepare for the exam. Next year, I hope to use it as a supplementary text book for the class starting in the beginning.
I would recommend this study guide to any student who is serious about being prepared for the AP Music Theory exam.
Caveat: My daughters haven't taken the AP test itself, so we can't say if using this book will guarantee a good score.
While the four CDs add to the price, they're well worth it, given that the test has lots of audio portions. Two of the four CDs have tons of musical examples for the listening portion of the test (the other two CDs are used for the test itself).
We had not used the Barron's products prior to this year, but now that we have, we're definitely going to check out their other offerings. They're a lot cheaper than college tuition...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I know the author and think this is and excellent resource for anyone interested in AP music theory or just music theory in general.Published 13 months ago by Bruce Canafax
Very impressed with this book. As an AP music theory teacher I appreciate having another useful resource for teaching.Published 15 months ago by Welsh Dragon
It's wonderful. All 4 CDs and the numerous information of each subject. It's marvelous.Published 16 months ago by Park Min Tae
When I bought this it was the only AP Music Theory study guide available (maybe it still is, I don't know), but I was a little skeptical and worried that without the competition,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by wsander2
This covers more than I need to know for my Theory and Harmony classes in music. Going through the material I learned quite a few things never covered by the teachers or text... Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I signed up for AP Music Theory my freshman year and used Barron's and Julie Johnson's Guide to AP Music Theory. Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by NerdyScholar
I purchased this book my sophomore year when I hadn't taken the AP Music Theory class because I wanted to start learning music theory to compose music. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Barbara L. Mazur