Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination Information

Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination Information

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


The MSU Music Department will offer the three component tests of the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Thursday, August 10, 2017, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Incoming transfer students who have successfully completed at least three (3) semesters of music theory and ear training courses, and current MSU music majors who have successfully completed at least three semesters of music theory and ear training courses but have not yet passed both halves of the Music Theory UDPE, are eligible to take them.

The three component tests of the Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination evaluate written theory, aural dictation, and musicianship skills, and they correspond to the final examinations given in Music Theory III and Ear Training III at Mississippi State. The written theory test corresponds to one half of the Music Theory UDPE, while the aural dictation and musicianship skills tests correspond to the other half.

The Music Theory UDPE is a graduation requirement of all music majors and determines readiness for the advanced theory courses of Orchestration and Form & Analysis.  A passing score of at least 70% on the Written Theory Test, AND a passing score of at least 70% on the combined Aural Dictation test and Musicianship Skills audition test, are required.

Four downloadable documents concerning the MSU Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination are available by visiting this website:

http://www.music.msstate.edu/areas/theory/theory/

These documents include a Theory UDPE Preparation Guide, a Written Theory Examination Sample, a Musicianship Skills Rubric, and Musicianship Materials.  This last document, Musicianship Materials, contains musical elements that should be practiced in the month before the tests are administered.

The Written Theory Examination for new and continuing students will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017, in Room 112 of Music Building B.  The Aural Dictation test for new and continuing students will be administered at 11:15 a.m. in Room 112 of Music Building B.  Musicianship Skills auditions will be arranged upon arrival that morning, starting at 12:00 noon.

THERE WILL BE NO MAKEUPS FOR THESE MSU MUSIC THEORY UDPE COMPONENT TESTS AND THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THEM WILL BE IN DECEMBER 2017.

Questions about the MSU Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination are welcome, and all students planning to participate are encouraged to contact Dr. Sobaskie by e-mail at jsobaskie@colled.msstate.edu.

Information regarding the Piano Proficiency Examination, another graduation requirement for MSU music degrees, is available from Dr. Rosângela Sebba, who may be contacted by e-mail at rys3@colled.msstate.edu.

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