Diagnostic Exam

Tuesday, July 20, 2021


Diagnostic Exam

Music majors and minors entering the theory sequence, should expect a test on the first day of class. The Diagnostic Exam serves to place students in the appropriate class, and to access students’ knowledge and readiness for Music Theory I and Ear Training I at the beginning of the semester.

The Theory faculty recommends that students who earn a score below 70% to drop Music Theory I and Ear Training I and enroll in Fundamentals of Music Theory – MU 1003, in the Spring semester. Meanwhile, to replace the 4 credit hours, take other classes pertinent to your major.

IF YOU ARE A MUSIC MAJOR OR MINOR:
You should enroll in Music Theory I (MU 1213) and Ear Training I (MU 1321) at the same semester. Both classes are co-requisite and pre-requisite for all theory classes, and they are offered only in the Fall semesters. You can only take the second section in the Spring if you have taken and passed both classes in the Fall.

IF YOU ARE A MINOR:
We encourage you to take both classes together, but if you decide to take one class at a time, you can take Theory I, MU 1213, without taking Ear Training I, MU 1321. However, the opposite is not recommended, and you will not proceed to Theory II unless taking and passing the first semester sequence. You still will need to take the Diagnostic Exam on the first day of class to assure readiness.

IF YOU ARE A NON-MUSIC MAJOR:
The music theory sequence is designed for music majors and minors only. If you are not a major or minor and want to learn more about music, please take Fundamentals of Music Theory – MU 1003, offered in the Spring.

WHERE TO TAKE THE EXAM?
On the first day of class, students should attend class at the indicated location listed in Banner:
• MU 1213 section 1: Music Building C
• MU 1213 section 2: Choral Hall, room 108 (Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall)
• MU 1213 section 3: Symphonic Band Hall, room 130 (Band and Choral Rehearsal Hall)

WHAT TO BRING?
There is no need to bring anything but a pencil and an eraser for the first day of class. Please do not purchase any textbook until you learn your exam results.

For more information please contact Dr. James Sobaskie at jsobaskie@colled.msstate.edu and visit the following links: 

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