Prior to registering for classes, all prospective music majors (except Music Business and Traditionall Music concentrations) must take the Undergraduate Music Theory Diagnostic Exam. The exam tests students’ listening skills (meter, melodic contour, and notation) as well as basic elements of music theory. The exam is designed to ensure that all students register for the appropriate level music theory class. Advanced students may have the opportunity to earn course credit for up to six credit hours (MUS 120 and MUS 130).
The diagnostic exam will be given prior to advising and registration at select new student orientation dates as well as on the School of Music Audition Days. Students are not required to attend orientation on the date of their diagnostic exam, but may have to change their course schedule if they register before taking the diagnostic exam.
Suggestions for study prior to the exam can be found on our Study Topics page.
Fill out the form below to register for the Undergraduate Music Theory Diagnostic Exam.