I've noticed a lot lately that people on here post the "Should I quit band/orchestra/choir/etc to take more AP classes?" questions.
I am here to answer with a resounding "NO," and here's why:
I'll start with an personal statement. I have been involved with music since the age of about six years old. Since then, music has grown to become the most important aspect of my life. I started as a piano player, and as the years rolled on, I entered high school, and tried some new things, I am now part of my school's most advanced choral ensemble, section leader of the percussion section in marching band, and I have taught myself guitar.
So why am I telling you this? I promise I'm not bragging (or not trying to). I'm trying to show the important of music in someone's life. Is it really necessary for you to cut music out of your life just for that one AP class?
At most schools, summer school is an option. You can take required courses over the summer to complete graduation credits, but also free up space in your schedule during the year for AP classes. This is how I spent my entire high school career. Never, not even once, did I think of cutting music classes out of my schedule just for an additional AP class, because I know there are other options. I challenge anybody who has these thoughts to consult a guidance counselor about other options.
Not only are there other options, but the dedication and invaluable skills learned through a performing art are precious. Just as sports team see the results of their hard practicing when they win their first game, musicians see the results of practicing through successful performances. Music forces you to challenge yourself in ways that you never have before. There is something magnificent about hearing beautiful melodies and resonating harmonies after hours of hard rehearsal. In the process, we all know that we meet like-minded and similarly motivated individuals that push us even further.
So whenever anybody has a question about "Should I take AP Chem instead of Orchestra?" or "Is dropping choir just to take an extra AP class good?", you should refer to this thread. Because music is not something you should simply drop from your collection of skills. Music requires dedication and learning in a very different style from reading a textbook and spitting back answers.
In the end, I believe that the skills learned in a music ensemble are much greater than the benefits of taking another AP class that may or may not impress admission committees at all. Please keep this all in mind when you make these decisions.