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College of Arts and Sciences School of Music

Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Theory, History and Piano Diagnostic Examinations

Monday and Tuesday of the week before classes

The Graduate History Exam

To prepare for the history portion of the Graduate Diagnostic Exam, students should review their undergraduate music history courses. Be prepared to discuss each historical period, including compositional trends, representative composers and works. There will also be a listening portion, requiring identification. Allow two to three hours for this exam. Tests, a CD and blue books will be in the Kemble Stout Listening Library in the School of Music.

The Graduate Theory Exam

The study guide for this exam is here: Graduate Diagnostic Examination Study Guide

Written portion: Allow two to three hours for this exam. Tests and blue books will be in the Kemble Stout Listening Library in the School of Music.

Aural Skills and Keyboard Portion: The keyboard and oral portions of the theory exam will be administered by Dr. Hare (Kimbrough 441). Please contact him for a specific time, rhare@wsu.edu.

Piano Proficiency Exam

A description of this exam and a pdf of the Star Spangled Banner Harmonization are here:  Piano ProficiencyStar Spangled Banner Harmonization

This exam will be administered by Dr. Jeffrey Savage (Kimbrough 470). Please contact him for a specific time, jrsavage@wsu.edu.

Graduate Student Activities and Orientation August 15-18, 2016

Monday, August 14, 2017
  • Individual Aural Theory, the specific professor will be determined
  • Piano Proficiency Exams with Dr. Jeffrey Savage
    (contact by e-mail to set up appt. at jrsavage@wsu.edu)
  • 8 a.m.–Noon and 1-5 p.m. Music Theory, Music History diagnostic exams
    New Graduate students may take the written portions of Music Theory and History Diagnostic Exams in the Music Library 

Graduate School Orientation for new students, register here: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/orientation/

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • Individual Aural Theory, the specific professor will be determined
  • Piano Proficiency Exams with Dr. Jeffrey Savage
    (contact by e-mail to set up appt. at jrsavage@wsu.edu)
  • 8 a.m.–Noon and 1-5 p.m. Music Theory, History diagnostic exams
    New Graduate students may take written portion of Music Theory and History Diagnostic Exams in Music Library. 
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
  • Wednesday afternoon individual advising sessions with Dr. Scott for all NEW graduate students, sign-up sheet posted on K342

5:00-6:30 p.m.  Mandatory meeting for all graduate students 
(returning and new) All Graduate Students in Music meet with Dr. Scott in K254 (aka Green Room)

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