Diagnostic Surveys

There are diagnostic surveys in bibliography, music theory, and jazz studies for students entering the DMA program. These Diagnostic Surveys are given on the Monday before classes begin for the fall and during the week before classes begin in spring semesters. They are a preliminary step in advising for all incoming students pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree

BIBLIOGRAPHY: All students (including Glenn Korff SoM students who received their Master's degree from UNL and are continuing in the DMA program) are required to take the Diagnostic Bibliography Survey if they want to be considered for a waiver of the Bibliography class.

The Bibliography Diagnostic Survey is for DMA students, including those who have completed the Introduction to Graduate Studies course in their Masters program at UNL, who believe their bibliographical skills are current enough to allow them to be successful in writing their document.  DMA students may elect to take this examination to demonstrate their competency; or they may elect to simply omit taking the Bibliography Diagnostic Examination and enroll in the Bibliography class in the fall semester.  (No waivers or substitutions will be allowed for this course unless the diagnostic examination has been taken.) To prepare for this examination, it is suggested that students choose a specific style guide and review bibliographical and footnote entry formats of that guide; distinctive features of information retrieval indices such as RILM, Music Index and World Cat; and the utilities of using thematic catalogues or bio-bibliographies.

JAZZ STUDIES: For information on the diagnostic survey in Jazz Studies, contact the Director of Jazz Studies. Jazz Studies students are required to take the Diagnostic Bibliography Survey if they want to be considered for a waiver of the Bibliography class. Moreover, jazz studies students who wish to be eligible for theory classes besides Jazz Theory must take the Diagnostic Theory Survey.

THEORY: All DMA students are required to take the Diagnostic Theory Survey except Glenn Korff SoM students who received their Master's degree from UNL and are continuing in the DMA program, and except for Jazz Studies students.

The music theory survey is designed to determine whether or not students must take a review course in music theory. Credit hours earned from the review course are not applicable toward the graduate degree program. The theory review course must be passed with a grade of P before the student is admitted to full standing in the Graduate College.

The theory diagnostic covers: 1) four-part writing (figured bass realization, spelling and resolution of chromatic chords, including Neapolitan and augmented sixths); 2) analysis of a movement in sonata-allegro or rondo form; and 3) analysis of an excerpt from a fugue (real vs. tonal answer, labeling subject and countersubject entries, etc.).The following sources are suggested as aids in preparing for the Theory Diagnostic:

  1. a harmony textbook, such as Kostka & Payne, Tonal Harmony (McGraw-Hill); Aldwell & Schachter, Harmony and Voice Leading (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich); Turek, The Elements of Music (McGraw-Hill); or Ottman, Elementary Harmony and Chromatic Harmony (Prentice-Hall).
  2. a form textbook, such as Turek, The Elements of Music (McGraw-Hill); or Spencer & Temko, A practical Approach to the Study of Form in Music (Prentice-Hall).

The applicant may reasonably expect to be admitted to the program with deficiencies in several of these areas.