All students must audition in the chosen area of concentration:
piano, instrument, or voice. As a result of the audition, students
without adequate preparation will be assigned applied music for zero credit.
Entrance examinations are required for all students to determine qualifications
for placement in music theory and piano class. A music theory placement examination will
be used to determine placement in the "Introduction to Music" course or the freshman level
"Theory and Musicianship" course. The "Introduction to Music" course does not count toward a
major in music.
All music majors must take 4 semesters of keyboard skills class.
The piano placement test will be used to place students with minimal piano skills in
one section and those with greater skills in
a different section.
The music theory examination contains three parts: 1) Terms, 2) Key
Signatures and Scales, and 3) Rhythm Notation. Three sample tests for each
part are provided below. These links work best on a windows based computer
with Netscape Navigator 4 or above.
We have prepared a set of instructional pages to help students learn the basic music theory skills which
are necessary to begin the freshman level sequence of music courses. It is recommended that entering students
spend some time studying and practicing these materials before arriving on campus.
The pages can be found by following the link below.
Basic Music Theory Instruction
You may contact Dr. Larry Konecky if you have questions or concerns.