ADMISSIONS
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Fall 2014 Term: The university application deadline for Fall 2014 admission is November 30, 2013. Primary auditions for the Department of Music will be on November 17, 2013 and February 16, 2014, though additional dates will be offered in December, January and May.

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Theory/Piano Placement
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MUSIC THEORY/PIANO PLACEMENT

PLACEMENT EVALUATION DATES:
Friday, July 11, 2014 or Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Placement Exam Level A for placement into Music 4 or Music 5
For students with minimal theory background including most first-semester freshman music majors. Harmony exam covers music theory fundamentals including key signatures, meter signatures, intervals, major and minor scales, triads. Aural theory exam covers identification of intervals, scales, and triads; melodic dictation, vocal reading.

Placement Exam Level B for placement into Music 6- Intermediate Theory
For students with an excellent high school theory background or one semester of college theory. Harmony exam covers intervals, triads, harmonic analysis including all diatonic triads, non-harmonic tones, phrases, cadences, and part-writing in chorale style with figured bass. Aural theory exam covers identification of intervals, triads, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, and vocal reading.

Placement Exam Level C for placement in Music 7-Advanced theory
For students with two semesters of college theory or the equivalent.
Harmony exam covers seventh chords, harmonic analysis including secondary dominants, modulation, part-writing in chorale style from figured bass or Roman numerals including seventh chords and secondary dominants. Aural theory exam covers identification of seventh chord qualities, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, and vocal reading.

Placement Exam Level D for placement into upper division theory courses
For students with three or more semesters of college theory.
Harmony exam covers harmonic analysis including secondary dominants, borrowed chords, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, chromatic mediants; harmonization and part-writing including all altered chords. Aural exam covers harmonic dictation including all altered chords, aural analysis of form and cadences in classical song forms or rondo, and vocal reading.

Recommended Study Materials
These materials are recommended for students who wish to review for placement exams. These materials are widely available in college bookstores, college libraries, and sheet music stores such as Byron Hoyt Music in San Francisco.

  • Level A: Bruce Benward & Barbara Jackson: Practical Beginning Theory- A Fundamentals Worktext. W.C. Brown Pubishers.
  • Level B: Ralph Turek: The Elements of Music, Volume I. McGraw- Hill Publishers. Chapters 1-9. ( This is a required textbook for Music 5 and 6)
  • Level C: Ralph Turek: The Elements of Music, Volume I. McGraw- Hill Publishers. Chapters 10-19. ( This is a required textbook for Music 5 and 6)
  • Level D: Ralph Turek: The Elements of Music, Volume II. McGraw- Hill Publishers. ( This is a required textbook for Music 7)
Program Requirements
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Music
Minor in Music
Graduate Studies

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Audition Application
Advising Worksheet
Course Substitution
Degree Recital Packet
Graduation Petition
Jury Form
(Instrumental)
Jury Form (Vocal)
Special Problems
Voice Handbook
University Information
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For more information, please write or call:
Sacramento State Department of Music
ATTN: Mark Allen, Music Admissions Counselor
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6015
(916) 278-6543
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