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Is it worth taking AP Music Theory exam if I'm not going into music?

iopewqiopewq Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
edited March 2013 in AP Tests Preparation
I take music theory right now and our teacher says that if we want to take the AP, we can. I don't plan on going into music, or even taking any music class ever again, so is it even worth taking? Will colleges even care?
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Replies to: Is it worth taking AP Music Theory exam if I'm not going into music?

  • iopewqiopewq Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Bump. How does this get 550+ views and no replies?
  • div301div301 Registered User Posts: 761 Member
    The concept is very interesting, that's why in particular.


    Many of the students who take AP Music Theory... have several if not 10+ years in music.. be that instrumental or voice.

    I'm in my highschool's "advanced" choral ensemble. We do decently..., with the most remedial understanding of theory, and we enjoy ourselves.

    No need to take theory if you're not versed in it already, if you're interested in music.. there's no beginning ensemble or general music history course?
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,136 Senior Member
    Do the colleges you are considering attending give any useful credit for it?
  • iopewqiopewq Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    No, I don't think so. Besides I'm a freshman so I don't really know, and disregard what the age on my profile says because I just put in a random birthday.

    Also div301, I've played my instrument for 10 years and I know I'm qualified to take the exam. I'm wondering whether it's worth it to fork up the money to take the exam if I don't plan on going into music in the future.
  • lldm21lldm21 Registered User Posts: 1,403 Senior Member
    Some colleges you may want to attend may require that you take some sort of art credit. If you take the exam, perhaps it would count for said credit?

    I'll be in the same situation next year, but I won't have to pay for the exam myself.
  • NightMusicNightMusic Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    From what I hear, it's not useful even if you are majoring in music. Colleges want you to take their theory courses. You may get credit for it if you are not a major, though; it depends on the college.

    Only do it if you really just want to study music theory. The admissions people may or may not care, depending on where you apply. But, this probably won't make or break your chances.

    (Just my $0.02. I was accepted to Middlebury early decision as a likely music and physics double major, and I never took the theory test.)

    Good luck!
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