Diagnostic Survey

Diagnostic Survey in Music Theory (Option I & III only)

As a preliminary step in advising, all Option I students (except those music education students following Plan D) and all Option III students for the Master of Music degree (including all music graduate students who received their bachelor’s degree from UNL and are continuing in the MM program) are required to take the Diagnostic Survey in Music Theory prior to their initial enrollment in classes. The Theory Diagnostic is given on the Monday before classes begin in the fall semester and during the week before classes begin in the spring semester.

This diagnostic survey is designed to determine whether or not students must take the Graduate Theory Review course (MUSC 848). Students who take the Diagnostic Survey will be informed shortly thereafter if they are required to take the review course. Credit hours earned from the review course are not applicable toward the graduate degree program. If a student is required to take Graduate Review of Music Theory, it is important for that student to take it as soon as possible, preferably during the first semester of full-time enrollment. No graduate courses in music theory can be taken until the theory review course has been passed.

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 counter-subject entries, etc.). The following sources are suggested as aids in preparing for the Theory Diagnostic:

(i) 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).

(ii) a form textbook, such as Douglas Green, Form in Tonal Music (Wadsworth/Thomson Learning).