Undergraduate Theory Placement Exam exam tests the student’s level of theory knowledge and ear training and determines if he/she needs to take an introductory music theory course.
Students should contact the music department via email to indicate their exam date preference. They will be notified of their placement results, and given a class schedule at a new student orientation that they will attend during the summer. Students do not have to take the exam prior to attending a new student orientation session, but earlier dates will result in greater scheduling priority.
The exam is free of charge, and students will only be allowed one attempt for placement (No repeating for better scores or higher placement).
Students may not retake placement exam or take it later than the first semester of matriculation. Students who do not take this test need to register for MUS 102E and MUS 102F.
To prepare for this test, it is recommended that students review:
- Recognition (aural and visual) and writing of key signatures of all major and minor keys in treble and bass clef
- Recognition (aural and visual) and writing of scales, intervals, and triads in root position and inversions in treble and bass clef
- Ability to sight read and play at the keyboard basic music notation in treble and bass clef
- Ability to play at the keyboard and aurally differentiate intervals in one octave, triads (major, minor, augmented, diminished), and scales (major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor)
- Ability to take melodic dictation of simple diatonic melodies or rhythmic phrases in binary and ternary meters
Lynn, Theodore A. Introductory Musicianship. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2011
Ottman, Robert W., and Nancy Rogers. Music for Sight Singing. Boston:
Prentice Hall, 2011.