Information for Prospective and Incoming Students
Welcome to the Music Theory preparation and information
website. This site contains important information to help
prepare all prospective and incoming students for degree
programs in the Division of Music.
FALL 2013 UNDERGRADUATE
(first-year and transfer) theory placement testing is scheduled
for Wednesday, August 21, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in room 2020 of the
Owen Fine Arts Center. STUDENTS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE
First-year students who will be
taking Theory and Musicianship courses SHOULD
NOT purchase textbooks for these
courses before the first day of class. Different
sections of the same course may require
different textbooks. Section
placements are based on the results of testing
that are not generally available until classes
FALL 2013 GRADUATE
theory placement testing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21,
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM in room 2020 of the Owen Fine Arts Center. The
aural skills portion will take place from 6:30-7:15PM and will not
be repeated. (Plan to arrive early!) The written exams will
follow, and students may leave when finished.
are required and will normally NOT be made up. Students are
advised to make appropriate end-of-summer plans to be present and
on time for these exams.
undergraduate students are required to have a Macintosh laptop
computer. Additionally, Music Theory courses at SMU may also
require Finale and other music software such as MacGamut,
as well as hardware such as external microphones, MIDI keyboards,
etc. Since these courses make extensive use of laptop computers,
the Department of Music Theory will support only computers
and software that meet these requirements. Please select the
appropriate link below for the complete policy and requirements.
You will need to have Adobe Acrobat (tm) to view and print some
files. If you do not have it, you may download it by clicking Adobe
Please email any comments regarding this site to Dr. Robert Frank.
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