Graduate Student Diagnostic Exams

Music History and Music Theory Diagnostic Exams for Graduate Students

All graduate students are required to take diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory at the beginning of their program. These tests assess undergraduate knowledge of music history and theory. 

The diagnostic exams are administered to admitted students during the School of Music's Graduate Student Orientation, held the week before autumn semester.

Graduate Diagnostic Exam in Music Theory

The graduate diagnostic exam in music theory assesses your proficiency with the following skills:
  • Reading in treble, bass, and alto clefs
  • Identifying and writing key signatures, chords, and scales, including modes
  • Harmonizing a melody
  • Realizing a figured bass in 4-part SATB chorale style
  • Harmonic and formal analysis

The following includes a more detailed study guide: