Undergraduate Theory Placement Exam


Jan. 15, 2014,
9am to 12pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 147


This 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 may not retake placement exam or take it later than the first semester of matriculation. Students who don’t take this test need to register for MUS 102E and MUS 102F.

To prepare for this test, it is recommended that students review:

  1. Recognition (aural and visual) and writing of key signatures of all major and minor keys in treble and bass clef
  2. Recognition (aural and visual) and writing of scales, intervals, and triads in root position and inversions in treble and bass clef
  3. Ability to sight read and play at the keyboard basic music notation in treble and bass clef
  4. 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)
  5. Ability to take melodic dictation of simple diatonic melodies or rhythmic phrases in binary and ternary meters


Suggested bibliography:

Lynn, Theodore A. Introductory Musicianship. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2011.

Ottman, Robert W., and Nancy Rogers. Music for Sight Singing. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2011.  

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No admission.

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Department of Music