Graduate Diagnostics

Graduate Diagnostic Exam Information
When: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: School of Music, Room 218

The music theory portion will be given from 1:00 - 3:00. The content of the diagnostic exam covers concepts from undergraduate music theory, including: music fundamentals (e.g., major and minor scales, major and minor key signatures, intervals, time signatures (simple and compound); diatonic and chromatic harmony (Roman numerals -- be sure to know chordal qualities and inversions); figured bass/4-voice part writing; and phrase/periodic analysis. For review, we recommend Kostka/Payne/Almen's Tonal Harmony, 7th edition, chapters 1-25.

The music history portion will be given from 3:00 - 5:00. The exam measures the student's knowledge of rudimentary facts concerning musical style, time periods, composers, music literature, genres, forms, and expected instrumentation of period works. The test includes objective questions as well as short essay questions; the essay questions ask for either detailed comparative discussion between time periods (e.g., Baroque vs. Classic) or detailed discussions of a particular time period, and count as a substantial portion of the test score.

Please direct all questions regarding the exams to Dr. Kevin Clifton at kmc053@SHSU.EDU.

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