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THEORY ENTRANCE EXAM
Purpose of the Exam
The purpose of the theory exam is to ensure that entering students understand the rudiments of music theory so that they may participate fully in the B.Mus. program. It tests knowledge of music notation (pitch, scales, key signatures and rhythm) and aural skills (the recognition of intervals and rhythms) at a level corresponding to Grade II Royal Conservatory (Toronto).
Your results on the theory entrance exam are used in our admission process. If you perform poorly on the Theory Entrance Exam, you may still be considered for admission; however, if admitted you may be required to take remedial theory courses.
Who is required to take the exam?
- All applicants to the first-year of the B.Mus. must take the theory entrance exam.
- Applicants to a higher year, who lack credit for a first-year college or university level music theory course, must take this test. You will not be exempted from the theory test unless you submit a transcript to the School of Music, showing your grades in a first-year college or university level music theory course.
Note: Royal Conservatory of Music Theory Certificates or AP Music credits DO NOT exempt applicants from this exam.
Sample Theory Exam Components
When do I sit the exam?
The theory tests consists of a written component from 12:00 noon to approximately 1:30 p.m. on the afternoon of the audition and, a five minute oral component scheduled shortly before or shortly after the written part of the test, and on the same day.
First-year applicants not auditioning in person must still take the theory entrance examination. In the space provided on the Supplementary Application for the BMUS such applicants enter the name and e-mail address of a qualified music teacher who has agreed to proctor the exam. The exam will be e-mailed to the teacher by mid-February for fax or mail return by February 28th, 2013.