Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination and Piano Proficiency Examination: Preliminary Information

Sunday, May 26, 2019


Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination and Piano Proficiency Examination: Preliminary Information

The MSU Music Department will offer the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Monday, August 19, 2019, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Composed of three component tests – written theory, musicianship skills, aural dictation – the Music Theory UDPE is an MSU music major degree requirement, not an entrance exam, that also enables participation in certain advanced courses.  Incoming transfer students who have successfully completed at least three semesters of music theory and ear training courses, as well as 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 these tests.  Students are urged to renew their aural dictation skills over the summer using the MacGAMUT aural training application.  More specific information, including musicianship proficiency materials, will be available by July 19th on the Music Department website.  An overview of the Music Theory UDPE is available on the Department of Music website, and more information may be obtained from Dr. Sobaskie at jsobaskie@colled.msstate.edu .

PIANO PROFICIENCY INFORMATION
The MSU Music Department will offer the Piano Proficiency Examination on Tuesday, August 20, 2019, starting at 2:00 pm.  Transfer students who do not feel prepared to take the Piano Proficiency Exam may opt to do a placement appointment to determine enrollment in an appropriate piano class or applied lesson.  Please contact Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry at jehenry@colled.msstate.edu to indicate whether you wish to take the Piano Proficiency Exam or simply schedule a piano placement appointment; students will be grouped and scheduled according to their choice.  Both the Proficiency Exam and placement appointment may be accomplished in 15 minutes. 

Following are links to prepare for the Exam or determine the need for placement:

Piano Proficiency Exam Contents
https://www.music.msstate.edu/files/PPE%204-18%20revised%20form.pdf

Alfred Group Piano for Adults, Bk 1 and Bk 2 Options for Prepared Pieces
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vbm3ls9ferkbfj4/TEXTBOOK%20OPTIONS%20FOR%20PRE...

Sight Reading/Transposition Sample and Improvisation Sample
(Note:  We use the same example for sight reading and transposition.)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ymgq6nlmxm1zsrz/Transposition%20and%20Improvis...

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