Music Theory Upper Division Proficiency Examination Information

Thursday, July 7, 2016


The MSU Music Department will offer the three component tests of the Upper Division Proficiency Examination in Music Theory on Thursday, August 11, 2016, 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 fully passed 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 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:

//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 11, 2016, 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 2016.

Questions are welcome, and all students planning to participate are encouraged to contact Dr. Sobaskie by e-mail at jsobaskie@colled.msstate.edu .

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