Interested in majoring in music? Whatever your
experience level, we have a class for you. The first step is to
take a music theory placement test; we’ll offer this test as an
in-person event at 11:00 am on Monday,
September 25, 2023, in Room 115 of the Music Building.
placement test is available if you’d like to see
what kind of material will be on the test. For additional
questions regarding Music 6, please contact Sam Nichols.
Theory. We use the placement test to figure out
which music theory class will be the right fit for you. Students
who need to do some preparatory work with music fundamentals
before enrolling in Music 6A (Elementary Music Theory) will first
take Music 3A (Intro to Music Theory). Music 3A will prepare
students for Music 6A. Please note that Music 6A is offered only
once per year, and it is offered in Winter Quarter. Music 3A is
generally offered every quarter.
Musicianship. Anyone who’s interested in
majoring in music should plan on taking a 2-unit musicianship
course in the Fall Quarter, and for every quarter during their
first two years in the major. (Music 16A, 16B, 16C during the
first year, Music 17A, 17B, 17C in the second year). Currently,
the musicianship class begins with Music 16A in the fall.
However, please note that a new Intro to Musicianship class is
being developed (Music 13), and once it’s approved it will become
the first course in the musicianship sequence.
Overview of current first-year theory and musicianship
Music 6 (Theory) and 16 (Musicianship) are designed to be
taken concurrently; however, please note that Music 16A
begins in the Fall Quarter, and Music 6A starts in the Winter
Quarter. There is some flexibility in the time frame in
which you take these courses. We sometimes make exceptions for
students who want to take Music 6A without the
co-requisite. Additionally, music majors may take
Music 16A without Music 6A with permission of
** starting 22–23, this class is offered in Winter
All new/incoming students should take the Music 6 placement test
at 11:00 am on Monday, September 25. The test
will take place in Room 115 of the Music Building. The
expectation is that any students taking Music 6A will have
already completed one quarter of musicianship, and will enroll
concurrently in Music 16.
Music 16A (CRN 41526)
A basic assessment of musicianship skills will given during
the first week of Music 16A. Students who have prior experience
with ear training and sight singing may schedule an individual
exam with Sam Nichols to place out of Music 16A. This test
includes melodic dictation as well as an individual sight singing
audit using solfège. Please contact Sam Nichols with questions about Music 16A.