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Undergraduate Placement Examinations

Keyboard Skills Placement Examination:

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Freshmen and transfer students with no previous piano study experience should sign-up for PIAN 144. No examination or permission number is necessary. Check with your advisor about your particular degree requirements.

If you have a background in piano playing, you may choose to take a Quiz-Out test. Successfully passing the Quiz-Out will exempt you from having to take that particular class. Check with your advisor about how this will impact your particular degree requirements.

Links to the Quiz-Out test information for each class are here: PIAN 144 , PIAN 148, PIAN 284, PIAN 288 & PIAN 310

Fall 2021
Quiz-Outs for Fall semester 2021 will take place online. Deadline for recording submission is Friday August 20 at 11:59 p.m. Submit your recordings, uploaded to an unlisted YouTube file. It's permissible to send multiple files, or combine all the elements into one file. Send the completed

YouTube video link(s) to Yudi Ouyang, KU Group Piano Coordinator, at yudi_oy@ku.edu.

Spring 2022
Quiz-Outs for Spring semester 2022 will take place online. Deadline for recording submission is January 14 at 11:59 p.m. Submit your recordings, uploaded to an unlisted YouTube file. It's permissible to send multiple files, or combine all the elements into one file. Send the completed YouTube video link(s) to Yudi Ouyang, KU Group Piano Coordinator, at yudi_oy@ku.edu.

Graduate Diagnostic Examinations

All new graduate students except those in music education, music therapy, or M.M. opera are required to take the music history and music theory diagnostic exams. New graduate piano majors must also take an exam in piano literature.

Fall 2021 exams:
Music History

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The exam will be available online through Blackboard during this time. Students are encouraged to study a Music History textbook from their undergraduate courses as preparation for the Musicology diagnostic exam.

Please log onto Blackboard one or two days before the exam to download the required Respondus lock-down browser. Instructions are on Blackboard.

Music Theory

Thursday, August 19, 2021: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Online through Blackboard. All incoming graduate students will take the following 4 exams (60 minutes each) 1) aural skills, 2) basic harmony and voice leading, 3) form, and 4) post-tonal theory. Keyboard players, composers, theorists, and musicologists will take an additional exam in counterpoint (60 minutes).

A Practice Exam is available for those wishing to practice before the actual exam.

Piano Majors (New graduate student piano literature exam)

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 402 Murphy Hall

Spring 2022 exams:

Music Theory

Thursday, January 13, 2022: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m. Online through Blackboard. All incoming graduate students will take the following 4 exams (60 minutes each) 1) aural skills, 2) basic harmony and voice leading, 3) form, and 4) post-tonal theory. Keyboard players, composers, theorists, and musicologists will take an additional exam in counterpoint (60 minutes).

Music History

 

Friday, January 14, 2022, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The exam will be available online through Blackboard during this time. Students are encouraged to study a Music History textbook from their undergraduate courses as preparation for the Musicology diagnostic exam.

A Practice Exam is available for those wishing to practice before the actual exam.

Piano Majors (New graduate student piano literature exam)

There is no formal piano major graduate diagnostic exam in the spring semester. This exam is only offered prior to the fall semester. If for any reason a student must take the exam prior to the spring semester, please communicate directly with Dr. Michael Kirkendoll, 310 Murphy Hall, michaelkirkendoll@ku.edu.


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