Theory & Musicianship Placement
I. Regular Placement
Part I of the exam covers written theory fundamentals- treble and bass clefs, note names (identification on staff and on keyboard), accidentals, enharmonic pitches, major key signatures, rhythmic values and meter signatures. Based on this part of the exam students are advised to take either Mus 1200 (Introductory Theory) or Mus 1301 (Theory I).
Part II of the exam tests basic aural skills-intervals, triad quality, meter identification, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, and melodic error detection. Based on this part of the exam, students are advised to take either Mus 1100 (Introductory Musicianship) or Mus 1101 (Musicianship I).
II. Advanced Placement
A student seeking advanced placement has several options:
1. Credit by Baylor Exam-- receive credit for Mus 1301 and/or Mus 1101 by scoring 80 or higher on Baylor advanced placement exams (see description below). A $286.00/per course fee is paid to Baylor University.
2. Credit by AP Exam-- receive credit for Mus 1301 by scoring 4 or higher on the theory portion of the College Board Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam and/or receive credit for Mus 1101 by scoring 4 or higher on the ear-training portion of same. A student with a score of 3 on either part of the AP exam may place out of the corresponding course (1301 or 1101) by making a score of 80 or higher on the corresponding portion of the Baylor advanced placement exam, without paying a fee to the university.
3. Advanced Placement Without Credit-- place ahead in theory or musicianship by scoring 80 or higher on the Baylor advanced placement exam(s). No fee is required. The student must make up the missed hours by taking a more advanced theory course later in his/her course of study.
The Baylor advanced placement exams are equivalent to the final exams for Mus 1301 and Mus 1101. The following skills are tested:
triad and seventh chord spelling and identification
aural identification of melodic intervals, m2 through P8
To inquire further about placement testing, contact Dr. Jana Millar, WE-212, 710-4413 or e-mail at:
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