Proficiency Exams

Music 100/131 Exemption Exam

The MUSIC-100 exemption exam will be given on Wednesday, September 5 at 4:15pm in Pratt-101 and Friday, September 7 at 4:15 pm in Pratt-109.

1. The written portion evaluates:

  • Writing all major and minor scales, including natural, harmonic, and melodic minor.
  • Writing key signatures for all major and minor keys.
  • Identification of all intervals within an octave, both by size (e.g., second or fifth) and quality (perfect, augmented, diminished, minor, or major).
  • Writing triads of specified quality (major, minor, augmented, or diminished) from any given note.
  • Identifying the root and quality of triads in brief musical examples.

2. The aural portion evaluates:

  • Identification of all intervals within an octave, both by size (e.g., second or fifth) and quality (perfect, augmented, diminished, minor, or major).
  • Identification of quality of triads ( major, minor, augmented, or diminished).

In both portions of the exemption exam, the ability to read and write notes in both treble and bass clefs is assumed.

No distribution credit is given for exemption from Music 100.

Useful practice resource: musictheory.net

3. Skills preparation

Basic Theory Skills: The following pages contain materials which may be useful for those wishing to refresh their understanding of written theory material:

And the following links can be used to practice identifying intervals and triads for the aural portion of the Exam:

In order to pass the exam, students must achieve either

  1. minimum scores of 75% on both the written and aural portions, or
  2. a minimum score of 80% on the written and aural portions combined.

Students who demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the rudiments of music will be exempted from the MUSIC-100 prerequisite for certain courses and from the MUSIC-100 requirement associated with individual performance studies (see more details on MUSIC-100 exemption exam). The exam is given at the beginning of each semester as well as during the advising week of each semester.  For information on exemption from other courses, please contact the department.  The MUSIC-100 exemption exam will be given on Wednesday, September 5 at 4:15pm in Pratt-101 and Friday, September 7 at 4:15pm in Pratt-109.

Keyboard Proficiency Exam

The Keyboard Proficiency Exam includes:

  1. Sight-reading of melodic lines.
    Read, in correct rhythm, individual parts of a string quartet or a four-part choral work. Student may choose to be tested on either an instrumental or a vocal example
    Read, in correct rhythm, single atonal melodic lines notated in treble and bass clefs.
  2. Performance of a prepared piece of upper elementary difficulty, at minimum.

Students should direct any questions regarding the keyboard proficiency exam to members of the keyboard faculty.

Music majors are required to demonstrate a level of keyboard proficiency that permits the reading of elementary keyboard repertory with some facility.