Music History and Musicianship Placement Examinations

All incoming graduate students are required to take placement test in Music History, Musicianship and 20th Century Analysis.

The Music History Placement Test includes three sections:

I.  Listening. For each excerpt, write a short response that discusses likely composers, approximate date of composition, and rationales for your answers. 

II. Score Identification.  For each excerpt, write a short response that discusses likely composers, approximate date of composition, and rationales for your answers. 

III. Essays. Questions cover major genres in the history of Western Art Music (e.g., mass, motet, madrigal, opera, symphony, sonata), world music, popular music, feminism and music, and technology and music. 

The Musicianship Review Placement Test includes harmonic dictation, harmonic analysis, part writing, structural analysis, contrapuntal analysis, sight singing (including chromaticism, tonicization, and modulation) and keyboard harmony (including harmonizing a melody and reading a choral score).

The 20th Century Analysis Placement Test includes excerpts from the literature to be analyzed in essay format that should include the appropriate technical details.

These tests may be retaken one time during the orientation period of the second semester of enrollment.

Any questions about these examinations for incoming graduate students may be directed to:

Anthony Kosar, Chair, Music Composition, History and Theory Department
Marjory Klein, Academic Coordinator