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Placement Tests & Review

Placement tests are part of your registration process after acceptance.

Placement Tests in the secondary performing area and in theory and aural skills are given when new students come to register, in order to measure their current abilities and place them in the appropriate level of study. Most Theory Placement Tests will be completed online before students come to campus.

Piano Placement Test

Music majors must complete a piano placement test when they come to register. Piano is the required secondary instrument (if piano or organ is not your principal performing area). To prepare for the Secondary Piano Placement Test, you may use the attached Secondary Piano Placement Test Info PDF.  

If you have no experience in piano, you will be placed at the beginning of the sequence of secondary piano study.

Theory and Aural Skills Placement Tests

The Theory Placement Test is designed to place students within the Belmont theory sequence. Most Theory Placement Tests will be completed online before students come to campus. Specific instructions will be sent by email. Aural Skills Tests will be completed on campus. For students who have had minimal theory study, the test may indicate a need for a semester of music fundamentals before beginning the major theory sequence.

Applicants are encouraged to prepare for both the Theory and Aural Skills Placement Tests with a thorough review of music theory. To prepare for the Music Theory Placement Test, you may use the attached Learning Music Fundamentals PDF, Theory Placement Exam PDF, and watch the video below.