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I was listening to some sample questions for the Advanced Placement Music Theory examination, given to high schoolers in the United States. I noticed that on a lot of the listening examples, especially the ones featuring piano, the listening track would be consistently one semitone lower than the notated answers. This throws me off when I'm trying to transcribe.

These samples are from 1998. Is this practice still followed in today's exam? Does anyone know why they would do this?

  • Maybe it's a 44100 vs 48000 Hz sampling rate error, or an error with tape speed when transferring from analog to digital. :) Let them know of the error. – piiperi Reinstate Monica Oct 7 at 14:31
  • That's definitely possible! I'll ask! Thank you! – DanDan0101 Oct 8 at 5:19

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