Placement Exams

The Music Theory Placement Test is a diagnostic exam that is used to place students in the class that is most suited for their own musical background and training.  The Music Theory Placement Test will be offered on or before the first day of classes each semester.  Please see the calendar page of our website for exact dates. Students seeking admission to MUSI 210, 211, 218, or 219 must take a placement examination.

MUSI 210a or b, Elementary Studies in Analysis & Composition I
Practical investigation of the basic principles of tonal harmony, counterpoint, and composition through exercises in analysis, motivic development, phrase rhythm, texture, form, performance, and model composition. Recommended to be taken concurrently with MUSI 218a or b, Elementary Musicianship I or MUSI 219a or b, Elementary Musicianship II. Admission by the Music Theory Placement Test. To be followed by MUSI 211a or b.

MUSI 211a or b, Elementary Studies in Analysis & Composition II
Continuation of MUSI 210a or b. Investigation of further applications in tonal harmony, counterpoint, and composition through exercises in analysis, motivic development, phrase rhythm, texture, form, performance, and model composition. Recommended to be taken concurrently with MUSI 218a or b, Elementary Musicianship I or MUSI 219a or b, Elementary Musicianship II.  Admission after MUSI 210a or b or by the Music Theory Placement Test.

MUSI 218a or b, Elementary Musicianship I
Exercises in melodic and harmonic dictation, sight-singing, keyboard harmony, and aural analysis. Recommended to be taken concurrently with MUSI 210 or 211.

MUSI 219a or b, Elementary Musicianship II
Continuation of MUSI 218. Prerequisite: MUSI 218. Recommended to be taken concurrently with MUSI 210 or 211.  Admission after MUSI 218a or b or by the Music Theory Placement Test.