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Diagnostic Exams for Graduate Study

All entering Masters students must take the Diagnostic Examinations in Music Theory and Music History before they may enroll for coursework in these subject areas.  Each test takes approximately one hour to complete. The exams are offered during Departmental auditions and/or at the time of the on-campus audition/interview. The exams can also be administered before classes begin in the fall and spring semesters.

Applicants for a concentration in Music Theory must pass the corresponding Diagnostic Exam as an entrance test prior to acceptance.  Theory applicants must pass all sections of the written theory exam.

The results of the Music History exam will be used to advise students into appropriate graduate level history courses.

Students who do not pass section(s) of the Diagnostic Exam in Music Theory must retake and pass those sections before they may take graduate-level theory courses. Students may study on their own, participate in summer music theory review online, hire a tutor, and/or take the Graduate Theory Review course in the fall to prepare for retaking the exam.

The Department has created two practice exams (pdf) for incoming students, as preparation for the Diagnostic Exam in Music Theory.
Theory Practice Exam 1
Theory Practice Exam 2