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Music Theory Diagnostic Exam for Incoming Students

In order to help all students succeed, all incoming freshmen music majors will complete a music theory diagnostic exam on Thursday, August 21, 2014, in Petree Recital Hall at 9:00 AM. Students will be placed in a class based on their background in music theory and the results of the exam.

The exam will consist of two parts: a written section and an aural skills section. Items on the written section will include: key signatures (major and minor), time signatures, rhythm, scales, intervals, triads, keyboard reading, and bass and treble clef. Items on the aural skills section will include: identification of scales (major and minor), rhythmic dictation, interval identification, and melodic dictation.

 Jane Clendinning and Elizabeth Marvin’s The Musician’s Guide, 2nd Edition.  



These will be the books that you will use for Theory and Aural Skills I-IV.  Also, be wary of used textbooks and workbooks, because pages and assignments may be missing, and you may not realize it until it’s too late. These materials are also available at the OCU Bookstore.

If you have any questions, please contact the Bookstore 405-208-5220

For information on preparing for the exam, please read “Suggestions for Preparing for Music Theory at the Collegiate Level”.

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