Graduate Orientation

Fall 2020 Orientation Schedule

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

9:00 AM–9:55 AM Orientation Meeting required for all new graduate & transfer students – Britton Recital Hall, Moore Building

10:00 AM–3:00 PM Theory Placement Exam (for new graduate students and undergraduate transfer students in music) – Britton Recital Hall, Moore Building

  • 10:00 AM–11:00 AM – First Year Aural Skills
  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM – Second Year Aural Skills
  • 12:00 PM–1:00 PM – Lunch break *on your own*
  • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM – Writing Skills
  • 2:00 PM–3:00 PM – Basic Tonal Analysis

5:00 PM–6:00 PM Analysis of 20th Century Music Exam (required for piano, organ, composition and theory majors; suggested for students who have training in this area)

6:00 PM–7:00 PM Keyboard Harmony Exams (required for music theory majors; if you are required to take this exam, you will be scheduled for a 10-20 minute appointment)

You will receive your placement results by email at your address. SMTD Faculty Advisors will also be able to see your results. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thursday, August 27, 2020

  • Graduate Musicology Conference
  • Pre-Doctoral Advising
  • Lyric Diction Exam

Friday, August 28, 2020

  • Graduate Student Welcome
  • Lyric Diction Exam

Winter 2020 Orientation Schedule (additional details  to be posted soon)

Theory Placement Exam (TPE) will be Monday, January 6, 2020 beginning at 12:00 pm (EST)

  • 12:00 PM–1:00 PM – First Year Aural Skills
  • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM – Second Year Aural Skills
  • 2:00 PM–3:00 PM – Writing Skills
  • 3:00 PM–4:00 PM – Basic Tonal Analysis