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School of Music


Upcoming Dates

The next dates for the Theory and Piano Placement exams will be June 13, July 18, July 22, and August 20, 2019, CPS 223, 1:00 PM.

Theory/Piano Placement Sign Up

All incoming undergraduate music students must take the Theory and Piano Placement exams (minors do not take the Piano Placement exam). These do not affect any grades, but are simply used as a tool to place you in the correct course(s) when you start enrolling at Sac State.

Piano Placement Information

In addition to the Theory Placement exam, all entering undergraduate music majors must take a Piano Placement Exam. Both exams are offered together on the same day and time. You will be placed in a class piano level based on a careful assessment of your current ability level. 

In your placement evaluation we will assess your current knowledge of and ability to do the following:
  • Major and minor scales
  • Chord progressions
  • Melodic transposition
  • Sight reading

If you wish, you may prepare a piece of your choice. Students who pass the exit exam for 14D will not be required to take class piano. If you find that you have an unavoidable conflict with your assigned class time, it is your responsibility to discuss this conflict with your teacher within the first week of classes. If, within the first 3 weeks of class, you feel that you have been placed in an inappropriate level, please feel free to discuss this with your teacher

All music majors must continue to enroll in class piano until the 14D exit exam has been passed. (or 14C for BA students)