Department of Music
F.D. Hall Music Center
Jackson State University
JSU Box 17055
Jackson, MS 39217-0155

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Undergraduate Music Theory Placement Exam


For Undergraduate Placement Exam in Music Theory, students are responsible for the following:

1. Interval identification by size and quality

  • size: unison, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, octave
  • quality: major, minor, diminish, augmented

2. Rhythm and Meter

3. Identification of various key centers and key signatures

4. Identification of various triads

For successful preparation of this exam, please refer to Miguel A. Roig-Francoli’s Textbook Chapters A, B, C, D, and E.

There are also number of web sources and applications that can assist a student in preparing this exam: