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All new music graduate students are required to attend our New Music Student Orientation Day in August in the Hughes Fine Arts Center (HFAC). A basic schedule of events for the day is:
|8:30 AM||Registration||Hughes Fine Arts Center||Lobby & 110|
|9:00 AM||Orientation Session||Josephine Campbell Recital Hall||202|
|5:00 PM||History Placement Exam||See Dr. Gary Towne|
|Theory Placement Exam||Smart Classroom||164|
Entrance examinations in music history and music theory (written and aural) are administered every year prior to the opening of the term of admission. The exams are designed to test retention of materials learned during students' undergraduate education.
The music history exam consists of a multiple choice test covering the essential outlines of the undergraduate Western music history sequence from classical Greece through the twentieth century. Questions may include listening and score recognition, as well as of period, style, genre and composer identification. Students may wish to contact the music history faculty (Drs. Keyser and Towne) if questions arise about studying for or taking the exam.
The music theory exam consists of identification and construction of theoretical concepts from the tonal and twentieth-century periods, as well as harmonic and formal analyses of works from these periods. An aural skills portion will test interval identification, harmonic dictation, and sight singing. More information about the examination is available from Dr. Wittgraf.