The Frost School of Music requires certain incoming graduate students to take a Musicology Placement Exam prior to enrolling in courses. If you are pursuing one of the following degrees, you are required to take this exam:
All Doctoral Degrees (DMA and PhD), with the exception of Jazz.
Master of Music Degree in:
• Music Theory and Composition
• Instrumental Performance
• Instrumental Conducting
• Keyboard Performance
• Collaborative Keyboard
• Music Education
If your degree program is not listed here, then you are not required to take this exam.
Exam Content: The exam covers undergraduate knowledge of music history and literature and serves to ensure that students have sufficient background in these areas to succeed in their graduate coursework. The content of the exam covers concert music from antiquity to the 21st century, and also makes significant reference to jazz. This exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and is organized into two parts. In the first part, students will answer questions about listening examples that represent different styles and periods. In the second part, students will respond to questions about musical terms, styles, genres, composers, and periods.
All doctoral students who take this exam should note that later in their degree program, they will also be required to take a Musicology Qualifying Exam. Thus, the Musicology Placement Exam provides doctoral students with an opportunity to identify any deficiencies that need to be remediated prior to the Qualifying Exam.
PLEASE NOTE: students are expected to be well-prepared for this exam. Students who do not pass the exam may be required to take additional course work that may or may not count toward graduate degree requirements but will count toward their credit load. Consequently, students may be responsible for the financial aspect of such courses, regardless of any funding that has been awarded. Additionally, such coursework may extend the period of time needed to obtain the degree. For these reasons, students are strongly encouraged to devote considerable time and effort toward preparing for this exam.
Date/Time/Location: The exam will take place on Thursday August 22 from 10:15am-12:15pm in room 101 of the Volpe Building. Please arrive on time and bring your own writing implements.
How to Prepare: Students may find the following resources helpful in order to adequately prepare for the exam:
Bonds, Mark Evan. A History of Music in Western Culture, 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall: Prentice Hall, 2010. This book includes companion score anthologies and CDs. More information appears on the publisher’s website: www.pearsonhighered.com
Burkholder, J. Peter, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca. A History of Western Music, 8th ed. New York: W.W. Norton, New York: W.W. Norton, 2009. This book includes companion score anthologies and listening materials). Online study resources are also available, as well as a paper study guide that students have found valuable. More information appears on the publisher’s website: www.wwnorton.com
Hanning, Barbara Russano. Concise History of Western Music, 4th ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2009. This book also includes companion score anthologies and listening materials. Online study resources are also available, as well as a paper study guide that students have found valuable. More information appears on the publisher’s website: www.wwnorton.com