Master of Music in Contemporary Music
Conveying the broad scope of applied musical practice in the 21st century
All new graduate students are required to take placement examinations in Theory/Aural Skills, and Music History/Literature. It is the purpose of these tests to determine if prospective candidates for the M.M. degree have adequate musicianship and scholastic preparation. All faculty members who advise graduate students should be informed of their entrance records and should be familiar with policies and procedures for removing any deficiencies revealed by the GPE. All new Music Department graduate students must take the GPE or sign a waiver stating that they will complete the courses related to each exam waived. The GPE covers theory, aural skills, and music history and literature. The examination will be administered once annually prior to the Fall term during new student week. If remedial coursework is assigned based on the results of the GPE, the student must enroll in these courses in the first semester they are offered during a students degree program.
Theory and Aural Skills
The examination is divided into historical periods: Medieval-Renaissance-Baroque-Classic-Romantic-Contemporary. The exam tests the student's knowledge of the major musical styles and forms, important compositions and treatises, composers and musical terminology.
Guidelines for GPE Results