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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media
 

Music Theory and Ear Training Placement Tests

Test Explanation and Instruction Guide


Information about the placement tests:

  •  All students in the Music & Entertainment Industry Studies program are required to complete a minimum of 2 semesters of Music Theory and Ear Training & Sight Singing (consult your advising sheet for the required number of semesters for your degree plan).
  • PMUS 1100 Music Theory I and PMUS 1110 Ear Training & Sight Singing I are NOT entry level courses and they assume some previous formal study in music.
  • Students must complete the online Music Theory Placement Test and Ear Training Placement Test before registering for any Music Theory or Ear Training course. These tests may only be taken once.
  • The placement tests are required to determine if the student has adequate background to enroll in PMUS 1100 Music Theory I and PMUS 1110 Ear Training & Sight Singing I.
  • Students must receive a minimum average score of 55% to register for these courses as they are co-requisites.
  • Students who receive a 55%-65% average score must also register for PMUS 1101 Music Theory & Ear Training Lab as a supplemental course to Music Theory I and Ear Training & Sight Singing I. It does not fulfill any specific course requirement for the Music degree but may be applied as a general elective (if needed).    
  • Students who receive a 54% or below average score will be required to register for PMUS 1020 Beginning Musicianship as a preparation course. Students must earn a D- or better in Beginning Musicianship before continuing on to take PMUS 1100 and PMUS 1110. Beginning Musicianship is offered during the Fall semester only. It does not fulfill any specific course requirement for the Music degree but may be applied as a general elective (if needed).
  • Questions regarding the Music Theory and Ear Training Placement Tests should be directed to MEIS.Dept@ucdenver.edu.

 

Study Guide:

Music Theory I Placement Test

  • Know the Circle of 5ths and how it is used with key signatures
  • Identify major and minor key signatures
  • Understand relative major and minor key relationships
  • Name notes on a piano keyboard
  • Identify whole step and half step intervals
  • Identify diatonic and chromatic intervals (minor 2nd, major 2nd, perfect 4th, augmented 4th, etc.)
  • Spell and identify major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads
  • Identify major, natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales
  • Identify if a measure has the correct number of beats
  • Identify the missing note value in a measure
  • Recognize musical symbols (clefs, D.C., D.S., Coda, Fine, repeat signs, dynamic markings, etc.)

  

Ear Training I Placement Test (Flash file will play audio examples for the questions)

  • In hearing a series of two pitches, identify if the second is higher, lower, or the same as the first
  • Identify the rhythm that is heard from the notated choices
  • Identify the melody that is heard from the notated choices
  • Identify the interval that is heard (major 2nd, major 3rd, perfect 5th, or major 7th)
  • Identify the triad that is heard (major, minor, and diminished)
  • Identify the scale that is heard (major or natural minor)
 
Computer Requirements:
  • PC or Mac desktop or laptop
  • Valid CU Denver e-mail account
  • Internet access (Broadband or Cable/DSL, Dial-up not recommended)
  • Internet Browser (one of the following):
    • Google Chrome (highly recommended for Mac users)
    • Internet Explorer 6 or higher
    • Mozilla Firefox 2.0 or higher
    • Safari 2.0 or higher
  • Flash Player 8 or higher
  • Speakers or Headphone capability

Download instructions to taking the Music Theory and Ear Training Placement Tests here.
Log in to the Music Theory and Ear Training Placement Tests here.

Questions regarding the Music Theory Placement Test and the Ear Training Placement Test should be directed to MEIS.Dept@ucdenver.edu.