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Music Theory Entrance Exam

EKU Music Theory Freshman Diagnostic Exam:

Undergraduate students who have been admitted as music majors or minors must take a Music Theory Placement Exam that will allow the department to place them in the appropriate undergraduate theory courses—Beginning Theory I (MUS 181) for those demonstrating a clear understanding of the fundamentals of music, and Introduction to Music Fundamentals (MUS 102) for those with a more limited theory background.   This exam will be administered during one of the scheduled student orientation sessions.

Students should be prepared to do the following:

Identify and work with the following clefs: treble, bass, grand staff

Identify and work with all major and minor key signatures

Identify and work with all major scales

Identify and work with all natural, harmonic, and melodic minor scales

Identify and work with simple intervals

Spell and identify the following chords: major, minor, diminished, augmented, dominant 7th

Identify basic note and rest values and work with rhythmic values in both simple and compound meters

Identify pitches on the piano keyboard

Students who score lower than 70% on the diagnostic exam will be required to take the remedial theory course MUS 102 Fundamentals of Music before they are allowed to enroll in the first semester theory course MUS 181 Beginning Music Theory.

 Suggested references:

  • Kostka, Stefan, Tonal Harmony With An Introduction to Twentieth-Century Music, 7th edition, New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 2013.
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