Undergraduate Theory Placement Exam


Jan. 14, 2015, 9am to 12pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 147


Please contact the Department of Music office to sign up for this exam at music@unlv.edu 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:

  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

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

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.

Admission Information

This event is open to new students.

Contact Information

Department of Music

External Sponsor

Department of Music