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Incoming Masters Students

Once you have been accepted to Temple and the Boyer College of Music and Dance and paid your tuition deposit, please send an e-mail to the Boyer College to update your new Philadelphia contact information.  Please include your new Philadelphia address and cellphone number.

Diagnostic Testing for Music Therapy Students

Master of Music**

Diagnostic examinations are required for ALL entering Master of Music students (excluding Music Therapy students) in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Theory, and Music History.  The exams may be taken in one day or split over three days. The exam schedule can be found here.

Registration for Diagnostic Testing for Incoming Masters (Music) Students

• Music Education majors take an additional one-hour examination in Music Education.
• Keyboard Majors take an additional two-hour examination in Keyboard Literature.
• Music Therapy Diagnostic Examinations take an additional examination.

Please re-read your admission letter, especially the “Special Notes” section on page 2, regarding any entrance deficiencies.  If there are courses you need to complete, they should completed by the end of the first year of study.  Begin taking any necessary remedial coursework in the Fall semester.  Research in Music - It is best for you to complete this course (required for all except Music Therapy and Music Education students) in your first year of study.

**Please note: Boyer College Graduate Handbook: “(Master’s) students may not take final qualifying examinations nor perform graduation recitals until all diagnostic examinations have been successfully completed” (9). 

 

Graduate Master of Music Diagnostic Examination in Aural Theory
The examination lasts approximately forty minutes and consists of a written portion in which students are asked to identify intervals and chords, to write out a harmonic dictation, and to write out a melodic dictation (played by instruments).

Graduate Master of Music Diagnostic Examination in Harmony
The examination lasts one hour and is in three parts as follows:

1. Realization of a figured bass in either four-part chorale or keyboard style. Provide a Roman numeral analysis under the bass line.
2. Provide a Roman numeral analysis of a four-part chorale style excerpt. Circle and label all non-chord tones.
3. When presented with a brief melody and accompaniment, provide a Roman numeral analysis, bracket and label the cadences, and label the phrase structure.

The Harmony Diagnostic covers both diatonic and chromatic harmony, including applied chords (i.e. secondary dominants), the Neapolitan sixth chord, and augmented sixth chords.

Graduate Master of Music Diagnostic Examination in Counterpoint
The examination lasts one hour and is in three parts as follows:

1. Identification of contrapuntal techniques (e.g. canon, stretto, inversion, diminution).

2. Analysis of a fugal exposition, indicating each statement of the subject and answer (real or tonal). Indicate any statements of a countersubject.

3. Two-part writing: select one out of three possibilities (either a species exercise, free counterpoint, or canon).

Graduate Master of Music Diagnostic Examination in Music History
The examination lasts one hour and contains objective questions (multiple choice and/or true/false) covering musical works, composers, forms, styles, terms, and instruments from 1450 to the present. A few sample questions are:

  1. The basso continuo came into use in about which year?
    (a) 1500 (b) 1600 (c) 1650 (d) 1700
  2. Who composed Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)?
    (a) Mahler (b) Bruckner (c) Brahms (d) Schumann
  3. Which of the following instruments would not be found in the score of a symphony by Haydn?
    (a) horn (b) oboe (c) timpani (d) trombone (e) trumpet.

Graduate Master of Music Therapy Diagnostic Examinations
A diagnostic examination in voice, piano, and guitar is required for all students entering the master's degree program in music therapy. The examination covers two broad areas of competence: the ability to sing and play by memory a large repertoire of songs from the standard, popular, traditional, folk, rock or country literature; and the ability to sight-sing and sight-harmonize songs from a fake book.

 

For the examination, students are asked to bring in a list of at least 12 songs which they are prepared to sing and play by memory. The examiners will then select one or more songs to be sung and played on the piano, and one or more to be sung and played on the guitar. In the next portion of the examination, students are asked to sight-sing and sight-harmonize tunes from a fake book, using piano and guitar as accompaniments.

If a student has not studied piano, guitar and/or voice, or if the student is not prepared to play popular music or use a fake book, s/he may waive any or all portions of the examination and opt to take the appropriate remedial course(s). This is not unusual. Most students entering the program need instruction or practice in one or more of these areas. Students are therefore encouraged to view these as merely placement examinations.

Depending on each student's background and competence, as demonstrated on the examination, students may be placed in the following remedial courses:

Voice 1211 and/or 2211 (1 credit each)
Functional Voice 3631 and 3632 (1 credit each)
Guitar 1658 and/or 1659 (1 credit each)
Functional Guitar 3635 and/or 3636 (1 credit each)
Jazz Piano 2105, 2406, 3105, and/or 3406 (1 credit each)
Functional Piano Skills 3633
Credits earned in required remedial courses may not apply toward the master's degree.

Important:
All students must present themselves for the diagnostic examinations at the designated time shown; otherwise, permission to register for the first semester of study will not be granted. Students who wish to waive any portion of the examination by taking the remedial courses are still required to present themselves for the scheduled diagnostic examination, unless they send written notification to the music therapy faculty stating their intent to waive all portions of the examination. When students waive all portions of the examination, they will be required to take all remedial coursework without any further opportunity for taking or retaking the examination. Diagnostics are scheduled prior to the beginning of each semester or in conjunction with the intensive courses. However, advisement and registration take place before or at the beginning of each semester (not during the intensive days). Students will be notified of the dates of diagnostic examinations.