Preparing for the Theory Placement Exam
The theory placement exam is given during the summer when you come for your ADVANCE session. The theory faculty use the exam to determine which beginning theory class (Fundamentals of Music or Music Theory I) will provide the most appropriate placement. Click here for information about preparation for this exam.
If you have taken some music theory and wish to be placed directly into Music Theory I, the theory faculty recommend that you review the following topics from the tutorials at www.musictheory.net before taking the placement test:
The Staff, Clefs & Ledger Lines
Measures and Time Signature
Dots and Ties
Simple and Compound Meter
Steps and Accidentals
The Major Scale
The Minor Scales
Introduction to Chords
Note Trainer (treble & bass clefs)
Key Trainer (all keys, major & minor, treble & bass clefs)
Triad Trainer (inversions not necessary)
Keyboard Trainer (all keys on)
Another good supplementary site for drills is www.emusictheory.com/. The following programs (found under “Practice Drills”) will be most useful in preparation for the placement exam:
Intervals (treble clef & bass clef)
*Under “Settings”, select “major”, “minor”, “harmonic minor”, and “melodic minor”.
**Under “Settings”, select “major”, “minor”, and “diminished”; for the “Inversions” setting, select “no inversions”; under “Drill Type”, select whether you want to build the chord on the staff or identify it. If you have any questions, please call the Music Department at 1-800-333-4358, ext. 5929 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to offer you assistance.