The Music Theory Placement Test is required of all incoming graduate music majors.
Graduate students who do not pass the Theory Placement Test will be required to take Theory Review.
Students are required to take the test before their last chance to enroll in Theory Review (MT 499), should they need it. Note that MT 499’s credits are not applicable toward any degree.
The test may be taken only once; it may not be retaken.
Triads, seventh chords, inversions, figured bass, chordal doubling and spacing, part-writing and voice-leading, harmonic analysis, basic first and second species counterpoint, tonic and dominant functions.
Pre-dominant function, non-chord tones, 6/4 chords, the “phrase model,” submediant and mediant chords, phrase-level form (period, sentence, etc.), secondary dominants.
Tonicization and modulation, binary (two-reprise) and variation forms, modal mixture (“borrowing”), neapolitan 6 chords, augmented sixth chords, ternary, rondo, and sonata forms.
Modes and other pitch collections/scales, “conservative” post-tonal harmony (pandiatonicism, extended tertian chords, etc.), basic free atonal set theory analysis, basic serial atonal analysis, identification of representative works of major composers/stylistic trends.
Laitz, The Complete Musician The textbook for BJU undergraduate theory, and the primary source on which all tonal topics for the test are based.
Piper/Clendinning, The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis A similar textbook, with outstanding presentation and similar terms/concepts.
Gauldin, Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music
Kostka/Payne, Tonal Harmony
Roig-Francoli, Understanding Post-Tonal Music Outstanding text on post-tonal music.
Kostka, Materials and Techniques of 20th Century Music Excellent reference for basic terms and trends of post-tonal music. Not recommended for set theory, however.
Joseph Straus, Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory The first couple of chapters are an outstanding introduction to set theory.
Piper/Clendinning, Musician’s Guide The textbook also includes a unit on post-tonality, including quite possibly the very best (and easiest to understand) introduction to set theory currently available.