Music Theory Placement

 Music Theory and Aural Skills Placement for Incoming Students

This page contains instructions for the music theory placement exam for transfer and AP Music Theory students entering into the Fredonia School of Music. If you did not take AP Music Theory or any music theory courses at a college (not high school), you will automatically enroll in Music Theory I (MUS 123) and Aural Skills 1 (MUS 121).

 

Here’s what’s on this page:  

  1. Placement Exam Instructions for Incoming Transfer Students
  2. Placement Exam Instructions for Incoming AP Music Theory Students
  3. Placement Exam Dates for Incoming Transfer Students and AP Music Theory Students
  4. Online Resources to help you prepare!

The music theory and aural skills placement assessments are administered online. In order to complete any of these exams, you must have a Google account. Create one for free here

1. Placement Exam Instructions for Incoming Transfer Students:

If you have taken some music theory in a college, you are eligible to test out of courses in the music theory sequence at Fredonia. AP Music Theory students should see the AP section of this webpage.

Here’s how you test out:

  • Take a theory or aural skills exam online during one of the scheduled time slots listed under “Placement Exam Times.” Note that the theory and aural skills exams are separate and have separate exam times.

What you’ll need:

  • A Google account. Create one for free here.
  • For theory exams:
    • Scratch paper and a pencil
    • Please do not use any other resources to complete the exam
  • For aural skills exams:
    • Headphones or speakers for sound files
    • Manuscript paper (you can find this for free online) and a pencil
    • Please do not use any other resources to complete the exam


To Place out of Theory Courses:

If you are currently enrolled in a music theory course, take the exam as if you have completed that course (i.e. if you are currently in Theory II, take the Level II exam).

Transfer students who have completed one semester of college-level music theory may take the Level I exam.

Transfer students who have completed two semesters of college-level music theory may take the Level II Exam.

Transfer students who have completed three semesters of college-level music theory may take the Level III exam.

Transfer students who have completed four semesters of college-level music theory may take the Level IV exam.

 

To Place out of Aural Skills Courses:
If you are currently enrolled in an aural skills course, take the exam as if you have completed that course (i.e. if you are currently in Aural Skills II, take the Aural Skills II exam).

 

Transfer students who have completed one semester of college-level aural skills may take the Level I exam.

Transfer students who have completed two semesters of college-level aural skills may take the Level II exam.

Transfer students who have completed three semesters of college-level aural skills may take the Level III exam.

Transfer students who have completed four semesters of college-level aural skills may take the Level IV exam.

 

2. Placement Exam Instructions for Incoming AP Music Theory Students:

Note to AP Music Theory students: Students having earned a score of 4 or higher on the AP Music Theory Test automatically enter into Music Theory II (MUS 124); students with a 4 or higher on the AP Aural Skills Test enter into Aural Skills II (MUS 122). Only take an online exam if you want to test into a level above MUS 124 or 122!

If you would like to place into Music Theory III and/or Aural Skills III, take the exams below.

Here’s how you test out:

  • Take the theory or aural skills exam online during one of the scheduled time slots listed under “Placement Exam Times.” Note that the theory and aural skills exams are separate and have separate exam times.

What you’ll need:

  • A Google account. Create one for free here.
  • For theory exams:
    • Scratch paper and a pencil
    • Please do not use any other resources to complete the exam
  • For aural skills exams:
    • Headphones or speakers for sound files
    • Manuscript paper (you can find this for free online) and a pencil
    • Please do not use any other resources to complete the exam

To place into Music Theory III (MUS 223):

Take the Level II Exam.

To place into Aural Skills III (MUS 221):

Take the Level II exam.
 

3. Placement Exam Dates for Incoming Transfer Students and AP Music Theory Students:

 

The exam links above will be live during these windows. You may use up to the full 90 minutes for whichever exam you take, but be sure to submit before the window closes. If you fail to submit before the window ends, we cannot guarantee receipt of your score.

Please note: the theory and aural skills tests are separate. If you are planning to take one harmony and one aural skills exam, you may take them in two different sessions or in one session, depending on your preference. If you want to place into higher levels of both theory and aural skills, you will need to take two tests. It is up to you to determine the order.

For students entering in Spring 2018, the theory exams will be open on the following dates:

 

  • Sunday, November 5th, 5:30-7 PM
  • Tuesday, November 7th, 4-5:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 18th, 9:30-11 AM

            Must be completed by November 18th, 2017

 

For students entering in Spring 2018, the aural skills exams will be open on the following dates:

  • Monday, November 6th, 3:30-5 PM
  • Wednesday, November 8th, 5:30-7 PM
  • Saturday, November 18th, 8-9:30 AM

            Must be completed by November 18th, 2017

 

For students entering in Fall 2018, the theory exams will be open on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 30, 7-8:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 9, 3:30-5 PM
  • Saturday, May 12, 9-10:30 AM

          Must be completed by May 15, 2018

 

For students entering in Fall 2018, the aural skills exams will be open on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 29, 7-8:30 PM
  • Monday, May 7, 3:30-5 PM
  • Friday, May 11, 3:30-5 PM

          Must be completed by May 15, 2018

 

4. Online Resources to Help You Prepare:

There are currently dozens of free and inexpensive music theory tutorials available online, such as musictheory.net, Music Theory Flashcards, and teoria.com.

An excellent, current, and comprehensive bibliography of music theory texts and materials, maintained by Mary Winnerstrom and Garry Potter is available in PDF format from Indiana University here.

Another such bibliography is available from the Society for Music Theory here.

The Eastman School of Music offers pre-college courses in music theory, including the AP music theory program, at their Eastman Community Music School here.

Questions?

If you have questions about the exam process, please contact MusicTheory@fredonia.edu.

 
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