Music Theory Assessment

When you arrive on campus for your audition, you will also be expected to take a short assessment in music theory. This assessment will determine whether you will start in Music Theory I/Skills I (MUS 111/113) or Music Fundamentals (MUS 101). The assessment will take approximately 30–45 minutes.

To do well on the placement assessment, you must be familiar with the following items:

  • Pitches
    • You must be able to name and notate pitches in both treble and bass clefs.
  • Notes and rests
    • You must be able to name notes and rests (quarter note, half rest, etc.)
    • You also need to know how many counts these notes and rests receive.
  • Rhythm and meter
    • You must be able to assign an appropriate time signature to a series of notes and rests (containing bar lines).
    • You must be able to place bar lines in appropriate places, when given a time signature and a series of notes and rests.
  • Key signatures
    • You must be able to identify and write all major and minor key signatures, in both treble and bass clefs.
  • Scales
    • You must be able to write all major and three types of minor scales in both treble and bass clefs, using accidentals, not key signatures.
  • Triads
    • You must be able to correctly identify both the root and quality of major and minor triads in root position and first inversion, in both treble and bass clefs.

 

Preparing for the assessment
The first step toward preparing for this assessment is to ask your private teacher or ensemble director for help. In addition, here are several useful websites that will allow you to practice:

 

Piano Conference
A short piano conference will determine your specific placement in Secondary Piano.

 

Questions
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Christine Boone (christine.boone@indstate.edu)