The College of Arts and Architecture

What AP Courses are Helpful for Music Majors?

See: http://admissions.psu.edu/academics/credit/ap/

Music Education (BME)

Music Theory – AP Music Theory does not replace music-major theory coursework, but is valuable preparation for freshman theory and musicianship classes.

English Literature and Composition – For a grade of 4 or 5, credit is awarded for English 001, a General Education Humanities course. English 001 also fulfills the PA Department of Education's Literature requirement.

Psychology – For a grade of 5, credit is awarded for Psychology 100, a General Education Social and Behavioral Science course. Psychology 100 can also be used to fulfill a requirement for the BME degree. 

Science, Mathematics and Statistics – For any AP courses in these fields for which the required grade is earned, credit will be awarded for a General Education course in that field.

All Performance Areas, Composition, Bachelor of Arts in Music (BM, BMA, BA)

Music Theory – AP Music Theory does not replace music-major theory coursework, but is valuable preparation for freshman theory and musicianship classes.

All Other Courses – For any AP course for which the required grade is earned, credit will be awarded for a General Education course in that field.

Voice Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Music (BM, BMA- Voice, BA)

Voice Performance Students – For AP courses in French, German, or Italian for which the required grade is earned, language credit will be awarded. (8 credits comprised of courses in French, German or Italian are required for this degree.)

Bachelor of Arts in Music Students – For AP courses in languages for which the required grade is earned, language credit will  be awarded. (12 credits of a single language are required. While French, German, or Italian are the most appropriate for BA students studying voice, any language will meet the BA requirement.)

Bachelor of Arts - Music Technology (BA)

Physics 1, Physics 2 and Physics B – For AP courses in any of these for which the required grade is earned, credit can be used to fulfill a requirement for the BA in Music Technology.