The Best AP Music Theory Books

Exam Info And Course Content

The AP Music Theory exam consists of 2 sections. The first one is multiple choice, has 75 questions, lasts 80 minutes, and counts for 45% of your overall exam score.

The second section is free response. It consists of 9 exercises, lasts 80 minutes, and counts for 55% of your total exam score.

College Board provides free example test questions, so click here if you want to check them out.

Next Exam Date

Monday, May 14th 2018

Last Time The Exam Changed

The AP Music Theory exam has not been changed, and there are no plans for changing the exam in the near future.

The Best AP Music Theory Textbooks for 2018

Barron’s AP Music Theory, 2nd Edition

Barron's AP Music Theory Best AP PrepWe recommend buying Barron’s AP Music Theory book to use for review.

It has two full length practice tests with both aural and non-aural sections, and all of the questions are answered and explained in the back of the book.

It also includes a CD that provides aural skill development and contains material that complements exercises and examples in the book.

There are detailed chapters covering everything you need to know for the exam, and they give you tips and strategies for passing the test.

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Self-Study Tips

If you can play an instrument or sing, then the AP Music Theory exam should be fairly easy for you to self study.

All you need to do is buy Barron’s book, read through it, and take the practice tests, and you should be able to get a 4 or a 5.