Music Theory Information and Placement

If you are interested in taking music theory or composition, you should take the Music Theory Placement Exam, Monday, September 12, 8:30-9:20 a.m or Tuesday, September 13, 12:00-12:50 p.m, Music Hall Room 103. Results of this Exam will determine if you need to take MUSC 110: Materials of Music and/or MUSC 103: Musicianship Lab I, or if you place in MUSC 204: Musical Structures and/or MUSC 104: Musicianship Lab II.

The exam will include:

  • Advanced keys and clefs
  • Spelling and identifying written intervals, triads, and 7th chords
  • Elementary part writing
  • Analysis of a short phrase for cadences and harmonies
  • Aural identification of intervals, chords, and a short harmonic progression
  • A brief melodic dictation excerpt

Students who have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam are granted 6 credits.

Music theory classes are open to all students regardless of your intended major, but students who are interested in the music major are strongly encouraged to begin the theory sequence as soon as possible. The core courses in Music Theory (110 & 103, and 204 & 104) are offered every fall and winter terms, respectively. Music Theory I: The Materials of Music (110) covers the elements of tonal melody and harmony, and Musicianship Skills Lab I (103) is the companion course which covers solfege, aural skills, and advanced score reading. Music Theory II: Musical Structures (204) examines the nature of musical sounds and how they are combined; Music 104 is the continuation of music 103.   Students who score a 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory exam are granted 6 general education credits but still must take the music theory placement exam to determine if they need to take Music 110 and/or Music 103. Additionally, students who have a strong background in music theory, solfege and/or music dictation may be able to test out of Music 110 and/or Music 103.