Undergraduate Theory Placement Exam
Please contact the Department of Music office to sign up for this exam at email@example.com or 702-895-3332.
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 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
The following websites are recommended to practice for the exam:
Exercises/Interval Ear Training:
All intervals in one octave, ascending and descending
Scale Ear Training:
Major, minor, harmonic minor, melodic minor
Chord Ear Training:
Major, minor, augmented, diminished
Select all major, minor, and perfect, augmented 4th/diminished 5th, melodic
ascending and descending
Select major, minor, augmented, diminished
Select major, minor, melodic minor, harmonic minor
Lynn, Theodore A. Introductory Musicianship. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2011.
Ottman, Robert W., and Nancy Rogers. Music for Sight Singing. Boston: Prentice Hall, 2011.
This event is open to new students.
Department of Music