On audition day you will perform on your primary instrument, and also take a simple diagnostic assessment to determine your aural skill development (ability to connect written music with music as you hear it or can imagine its sound).
You will demonstrate your ability to:
All degree programs in the School of Music include required courses in music theory and aural skills. These courses are designed to increase your musical skills and your knowledge about how music "works," about how composers combine scales and chords to create music; and about so much more!
During summer advising, first-year students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP theory test will be advised into Theory II and Aural Learning II.
First-year students who took and passed a HS theory course with an A or B will be advised into Theory I--Aural I (regardless of whether they took or scored well on the actual AP Exam).
Remaining first-year students will be advised temporarily into Basic Musicianship.
On the first day of classes, all sections of Aural Learning I and Basic Musicianship (a prerequisite to Theory/Aural I for those with no background in music theory) will give a placement test. This placement exercise will determine placement, that is, readiness to proceed with Theory I and Aural Learning I or the need first to study Basic Musicianship.
This test includes:
The above list is comprehensive. If any of the material is unfamiliar to you, the one-semester course at Texas State titled Basic Musicianship will give you the opportunity to learn this material before enrolling in Theory 1.