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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
December 20, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Theory Placement Test

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Theory Requirements
On the day of your audition, you will be asked to write a theory placement test. You should have thorough knowledge of the rudiments of music equivalent to Conservatory Advanced Rudiments, and be able to identify, by ear, intervals, triads, rhythmic patterns, and short melodies. The test includes:

  • Values of notes and rests
  • Meanings of time signatures
  • Rhythmic patterns
  • Clefs
  • Accidentals
  • Enharmonic equivalents
  • Intervals
  • Scales
  • Key signatures
  • Triads
  • Harmonic function of triads

  • Intervals–melodic and harmonic 
  • Triad colours 
  • One-measure rhythmic patterns
  • Four-measure melodies