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Music Theory Placement Examination:

Students StudyingThis examination, which includes both written and ear-training components, is required of all junior college students and undergraduate transfer students who have not completed a four-semester theory sequence with an accredited NASM school. New freshmen (non-transfer) students who have received training in music theory may take the exam; however, new freshmen students are not required to take the exam. The subject material for each exam may be gleaned from the following sources:

Theory I exam: Jane Clendinning and Elizabeth West Marvin, The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis, 2nd edition, chapters 9-17 (diatonic theory, harmonic function in phrases, embellishing chords, non-chord tones, cadences)
Theory II exam: Clendinning and Marvin, 2nd edition, chapters 18-24 (all of the above plus sequences, cadential 6/4, and secondary dominants)
Theory III exam: Clendinning and Marvin, 2nd edition, chapters 25-30 (all of the above plus chromatic harmonies and enharmonic modulation)
(NB: These three exams will all contain part writing in four parts, figured bass realization, and melody harmonization.)
Theory IV exam: Clendinning and Marvin, 2nd edition, chapters 33-40 (modes, non-diatonic scales, set class, twelve-tone procedures, and other post-tonal techniques)

This examination is given on the Friday prior to the first day of classes in the fall and spring semester. Advanced registration for the exam is not necessary; incoming students interested in taking the exam may simply arrive at one of the specific times and locations listed below:

Fall 2014
Music Theory Undergraduate Placement Exam: Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM in 123 Murphy Hall

Spring 2015
Music Theory Undergraduate Placement Exam: Friday, January 16, 2015, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM in 123 Murphy Hall

Keyboard Skills Placement Examination:

piano keysPlacement Examination for the piano proficiency requirements for the various music degrees is required of all new freshmen and transfer students. All students, except piano majors or piano emphasis students, MUST either enroll directly in PIAN 144 or sign up in advance for an appointment to take the placement examination during the time period listed below. Questions may be directed to the Professor Scott McBride Smith, 304 Murphy Hall, 785-864-1470, smcbsmith@ku.edu.

Click here for more information on the Keyboard Skills Exams (pdf).

Fall 2014
Keyboard Skills Undergraduate Placement Exam: Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM in 404 Murphy Hall (Students will sign up in advance for an exam appointment to be held during this time period.)

Spring 2015
Keyboard Skills Undergraduate Placement Exam: Friday, January 16, 2015, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM in 404 Murphy Hall (Students will sign up in advance for an exam appointment to be held during this time period.)

Graduate Diagnostic Examinations

All new graduate students except those in music education, music therapy, or M.M. opera are required to take the music history and music theory diagnostic exam. New graduate piano majors must also take an exam in piano literature.

The Graduate Diagnostic Examinations are given on the Wednesday (MUSC & PIAN) and the Thursday (MTHC) prior to the first day of classes in the fall and on the Thursday (MTHC & PIAN) and the Friday (MUSC) prior to the first day of classes in the spring semester. See specific times and locations below.

Fall 2014 exams:
Musicology: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 2023 Haworth
Music Theory: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2023 Haworth
Piano Majors: (New graduate student piano literature exam)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 402 Murphy Hall

Spring 2015 exams:
Musicology: Friday, January 16, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 123 Murphy Hall
Music Theory: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 123 Murphy Hall
Piano Majors: (New graduate student piano literature exam)
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., 402 Murphy Hall

 

 


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