skip navigation

This page is designed for modern browsers. You will have a better experience with a better browser.

Brown Home Brown Home Brown Academics

Music Theory Placement at Brown


AMP Theory Placement Exam
Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 12noon in Orwig 315

Theory Placement Test for MUSC0550 Sec. 01
Thursday, Sept. 4 at 10:30am in Orwig 315

Theory Placement Test for MUSC0550 Sec. 02
Thursday, Sept. 4 at 1:00pm in Orwig 315


•   •   •

See below for more information about
Music Theory Placement at Brown!

MUSC 0550/0560 (Theory of Tonal Music)

Students interested in taking MUSC0550 (or in placing out of MUSC0550) MUST take a placement test at the first class meeting. Both sections of the class will meet at that time in the same room. This will be your only opportunity to take the test. Those who miss the test will be unable to take MUSC0550 that year.


Why should I take MUSC0550/0560?
MUSC0550 and MUSC0560 are required for all three music concentration tracks. These courses provide a thorough grounding in principles of voice leading and harmony that are the basis of Western music from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century, as well as training in aural and musicianship skills including sight singing and keyboard harmony.

What if I don't want to be a concentrator but just want to take a few music courses?
Many skilled musicians choose to take MUSC0550-560 regardless of whether they plan to concentrate. These courses are a prerequisite for a number of upper-level music courses.

What if I can't get into MUSC0550, is there a theory alternative for me?
Students who don't yet have the skills for MUSC0550 can register for MUSC0400 (Introduction to Music Theory), which is offered every year. Another excellent way to prepare for MUSC0550 is to take private instrumental lessons, preferably keyboard lessons, that include a strong component in the rudiments of music.

What if I took a lot of theory in high school?
The Department of Music does not award course credit for Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses; however, students with considerable background in theory occasionally place out of MUSC0550 and/or MUSC0560. Students interested in placing out of MUSC0550 or MUSC0560 should take the placement test for MUSC0550 and then consult individually with the director of the course.

When is the placement test offered?
The placement tests for MUSC0550 are always offered at the first class meeting. This year the testst will be administered at the following times:
Thursday, Sept. 4 at at 10:30am in Orwig 315 for Sec. 01 Thursday, Sept. 4 at 1:00pm in Orwig 315 for Sec. 02

If I want to get course credit for private lessons, will I still need to take theory?
Students taking private lessons through the Applied Music Program (AMP) are required to take one semester of college-level theory.

If I have a strong theory background, can I test out of the AMP theory requirement?
Students with extensive background in music theory can test out of the AMP theory requirement by passing the Department's AMP theory exam, which is administered at the beginning of each fall semester. Students who pass this exam may substitute any full-credit music course (or two half-credit music courses) for the required music theory course.

When and where is the AMP theory exam administered?
The theory exam is administered on the first day of classes. This year, the test will take placeat the following time:
Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 12noon in Orwig 315.

Do I just show up or do I have to let someone know I want to take the AMP theory exam?
We ask that students sign up for the exam by using the sign-up sheets posted in the lobby of the Orwig Music Building.

What if I'm not available at the time the AMP theory exam is given?
Students who wish to take the exam but are unable to take it at the specified time should be in touch with Arlene Cole as soon as possible.


R E M I N D E R !

The AMP theory placement exam will take place on
Wednesday, Sept.3 at 12noon in Orwig 315.

The MUSC0550 theory placement tests will be given on
Thursday, Sept. 4 at 10:30am in Orwig 315 for Sec. 01
and Thursday, Sept. 4 at 1:00pm in Orwig 315 for Sec. 02.