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First-Year (Freshman) Music Theory Placement Examination Information (Required)

All incoming first-year undergraduate music majors are required to take a short music theory placement exam. The exam tests fluency in music fundamentals to determine whether students need to take an introductory music theory course. Students who cannot correctly answer at least 65% of the questions will be required to take Fundamentals of Music (MUT 1001) before beginning the four-semester music theory sequence. The course will help ensure students' success in subsequent theory classes. Students who take MUT 1001 during their first fall semester will take first-year music theory courses (MUT 1111, MUT 1112) during the following spring and summer semesters. They will then be ready to continue the second-year theory courses on track during their second year.

The exam contains timed sections, testing fluency in identifying:

  1. Notation
  2. Major and minor key signatures
  3. Scales
  4. Intervals
  5. Triads

The exam will take approximately 30 minutes. Please take it on a computer (not a phone) with a reliable internet connection. Some sections are timed and the timer begins as soon as you click on the section. The time limit for each section will be specified before each section begins. One you have completed a section and submitted it, you will not be able to return to it. Although it is possible to pause between sections, be careful not to get "timed out" of the system because you will be prevented from taking the exam a second tim. Please be sure that you have 30 minutes of uninterrupted work time.

The exam will be available online on the following dates:

May 24-31, 2016 (available until 11:59 pm on June 1)

August 10-24, 2016

Remember that the purpose of this exam is to determine which theory class is best suited for you, and this should help you succeed in the theory sequence. Students without adequate mastery of the material covered on this exam typically do poorly in Music Theory I. You must therefore take this entrance exam without any form of outside help or assistance.

Take the exam online


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