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Washington State University
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. 

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. 

Aural Skills and Keyboard Portion: For August 2020, this is conducted by individual Zoom meetings Tuesday, August 18 starting at 12:00 pm.

Piano Proficiency Exam (Postponed for Fall 2020)

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

Graduate School Orientation is entirely online. Entering graduate students will receive information directly from the Graduate School.

The 2020 School of Music Orientation is via Zoom meeting, and starts at 2:00 pm. Wednesday August 19.

2020 Advising for entering students is via individual Zoom meeting, and takes place starting at 9:00 am. Thursday, August 20.