Entrance Assessment Information

THEORY

Music majors and minors are required to take music theory courses. To enroll in the first of these courses students need to have basic music reading skills in both treble and bass clef. To ensure that students are in the correct course, music theory placement is done during fall orientation at the same time as vocal and instrumental placement auditions. Assessment topics include treble and bass clef reading, rhythm, meter, major scales, key signatures, and intervals.

PERFORMANCE

Instrumental (wind, string) music majors will be asked to perform two short musical selections of contrasting styles that demonstrate your musicianship in the best possible light. A chromatic scale as well as major scales in any key may also be requested.

Vocal music majors will be asked to perform vocal exercises during voice lesson placements. No advance preparation is required.

Piano majors and minors are expected to have a certain level of ability when entering the program, so that they can pass piano proficiency exam as required as well as other applicable undergraduate milestones such as End-of-Second-Semester Evaluation, Jury into 3200-level lessons, and Senior Recitals (if that is what is chosen as Capstone experience) within a reasonable amount of time.

Prior to your assessment, you will be asked to fill out a brief biographical form, indicating number of years of piano experience, previous teachers, etc. Please bring with you a typed repertoire list including titles of pieces, opus numbers, movements (if applicable), and composer; include all pieces you have played of intermediate level and above. Indicate which pieces you have performed in public, as well as which pieces you have memorized.

All students will be asked to sightread at the piano.

Intended Piano Majors will be asked to play at their entrance assessment:

  • Scales: You will be assessed on your knowledge/playing ability of all major and harmonic minor scales, 4 octaves hands alone or 2 octaves hands together (no tempo requirement)

  • 2 or more contrasting pieces, at approximately the level of MMTA syllabus Level VII or above, such as easy Scarlatti Sonatas; Bach Inventions or selected movements from the Keyboard Suites; a movement from a Haydn or Mozart Sonata; a movement from an easy Beethoven Sonata such as Op. 49 or Op. 79; a short romantic character piece such Mendelssohn Songs without Words; Debussy Preludes, Arabesque or movements from Suite Bergamasque; or Tcherepnin Bagatelles.

Intended Piano Minors will be asked to play at their entrance assessment:

  • Scales: You will be assessed on your knowledge/playing ability of all major and harmonic minor through 4 sharps and 4 flats, at least 2 octaves, hands alone or together (no tempo requirement)

  • 2 or more contrasting pieces, at approximately the level of MMTA syllabus Level V or above, such as Bach Little Preludes; Clementi, Kuhlau, Mozart or Beethoven Sonatinas; a short romantic piece such as Gade ‘Boys Round Dance’; a short 20th-century piece such as William Gillock’s Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style or New Orleans Jazz Styles.