Music Theory Placement General Information
The Music Theory Placement Exam is for students who have taken formal music theory training either through college-level classes (including AP Music Theory) or private instruction, and wish to place into Music Theory I or higher. Students who do not test into Music Theory I or higher will be required to take MUS 1010 Essential Music Theory Skills.
- All students entering MSU Denver’s music theory sequence must take a Music Theory Placement Exam, or take MUS 1010 Essential Music Theory Skills, or submit an AP Music Theory score of 3 or higher.
- Music Theory Lab I and Class Piano I are co-requisites for Music Theory I. For advanced theory levels, check specific degree programs for co-requisite requirements.
- Students who have completed MUS 1010 Essential Music Theory Skills with a grade of D or lower must retake Essential Music Theory Skills or take the Music Theory Placement Exam.
Advanced Placement and Transfer Students
Students who wish to place into advanced levels (Music Theory II, III, IV, or out of the sequence) must determine the appropriate level with their Music Department Advisor. Transfer students with prior music theory credits are required to take the Music Theory Placement Exam before those credits can be applied to their degree.