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Music Theory & Class Piano Placement Exam Dates

Online Music Theory Placement Exam dates for Fall 2020:

  • Friday, August 7, 3:00-4:35 pm - Music Theory I Only (Deadline to sign up is 2:00 pm, August 7, 2020)

  • Saturday, August 8, 10:00 am - All Levels (Deadline to sign up is 5:00 pm, August 7, 2020)

 

Online Class Piano Placement Exam dates for Fall 2020:

  • Monday, August 10 - by individual appointment

Music Theory Placement Exam

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. 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. Students who do not test into Music Theory I or higher will be required to take MUS 1010 Essential Music Theory Skills.

To help determine which level of theory placement is best for you, refer to the Theory Placement Exam Guidelines (PDF).

All levels of the Music Theory Placement Exam will be administered online during the dates/times listed above. Students may only take the exam once per semester. The exam consists of three timed assessments: written, aural skills, and sight-singing. At the start of the exam, students will be emailed a link to the first assessment by the proctor, who will be available via email throughout the duration of the exam to answer any questions or concerns.

Items to have ready before beginning your online Music Theory Placement Exam:

  • Pencil and eraser
  • Blank Staff Paper (if you cannot print this and do not have your own blank staff paper, please draw lines of staff before the test)
    • Music Theory I: 11 lines of staff
    • Music Theory II: 13 lines of staff
    • Music Theory III: 16 lines of staff
    • Music Theory IV: 7 lines of staff
    • Test out of Music Theory Sequence: 11 lines of staff
  • A smartphone camera or a camera that can quickly upload a photo and video to your computer
  • Headphones or a computer speaker
  • A YouTube account
  • YouTube app (if uploading your video via mobile device)

Take a Practice Music Theory Placement Exam!

We highly encourage all students to practice taking an online Music Theory Placement Exam with the Practice Exam below. This will familiarize you with all the types of questions you will see on the Music Theory Placement Exam for entry into Music Theory I, as well as help you troubleshoot any technological issues prior to taking the exam. The Practice Exam includes an answer key. Your answers are not recorded, and you are welcome to take the practice exam as often as you like. 

Practice Written Assessment
Practice Aural Skills Assessment
Practice Sight-Singing Assessment

Written Assessment

Entry into Music Theory I: 45 minutes
Entry into Music Theory II: 50 minutes
Entry into Music Theory III: 60 minutes
Entry into Music Theory IV: 75 minutes
Test out of the Music Theory Sequence: 90 minutes

 

Aural Skills Assessment

Entry into Music Theory I: 20 minutes
Entry into Music Theory II: 25 minutes
Entry into Music Theory III: 30 minutes
Entry into Music Theory IV: 40 minutes
Test out of the Music Theory Sequence: 40 minutes

 

Sight-Singing Assessment

Entry into Music Theory I: 30 minutes
Entry into Music Theory II: 35 minutes
Entry into Music Theory III: 40 minutes
Entry into Music Theory IV: 45 minutes
Test out of Music Theory Sequence: 50 minutes

Class Piano Placement Exam

Students with prior piano instruction or students testing into advanced levels of Music Theory may take the Class Piano Placement Exam to place into advanced levels of Class Piano. Students have the option of testing into Class Piano II, Class Piano III, or out of the Class Piano requirement entirely by taking the Piano Proficiency Exam.

The requirements for each level of Class Piano Placement vary; please refer to the packets below for preparation information.

Class Piano Placement Exams are held by appointment. Students may sign up for the Class Piano Placement Exam by emailing the Music Department, music@msudenver.edu.

If you have questions about any of the Class Piano Exam requirements, please contact Jooeun Pak, jpak14@msudenver.edu.


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