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Placement Tests & Review

Basic Musicianship Test
(given on your audition day)

On the audition day, a Basic Musicianship test will be given to determine if the student has the basic music skills needed for success in a rigorous music program. The test will involve rhythm memory and reading, pitch memory and reading as well as basic information about key signatures and pitch names. The test will be done individually and will last only a few minutes.  

For students who audition by video, specific instructions for the Basic Musicianship Test will be sent to the applicant's email address (as provided on the application) once the student registers for the video audition.

Placement Test

(part of your registration process after acceptance)

Placement Tests in the secondary performing area and in theory and aural skills are given when new students come to register, in order to measure their current abilities and place them in the appropriate level of study. Most Theory Placement Tests will be completed online before students come to campus.

Secondary Placement Test
Music majors must complete a placement test in a secondary performing area when they come to register. Piano is the required secondary area if piano or organ is not your principal performing area. To prepare for the Secondary Piano Placement Test, you may use the attached Secondary Piano Placement Test Info PDF. If piano or organ is your principal performing area, you may select a secondary performing area from a variety of instruments or voice. Voice is the required secondary performing area for Church Music or Music Education majors whose principal is keyboard.

If you have no experience in a secondary area, you will be placed at the beginning of the sequence of study.

Theory and Aural Skills Placement Tests

The written Theory Placement Test is designed to place students within the Belmont theory sequence. Most Theory Placement Tests will be completed online before students come to campus.  Specific instructions will be sent by email.  Aural Skills Tests will be completed on campus.  For students who have had minimal theory study, the test may indicate a need for a semester of music fundamentals before beginning the major theory sequence.

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for both the Theory and Aural Skills Placement Tests with a thorough review of music theory. To prepare for the Music Theory Placement Test, you may use the attached Learning Music Fundamentals PDF, Theory Placement Exam PDF, and watch the video below.