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Department of Music and Theatre
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Malloy Hall 137
Phone: 785-628-4533
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 Music Theory Placement

Placement exams for Music Theory will take place at noon during Music & Theatre Audition Days (February 20 or March 5). Any student who chooses not to take the placement exams will begin in Music Theory I in the spring semester of their first year at FHSU. Questions about the Music Theory placement process should be directed to Dr. Ofcarcik at jjofcarcik@fhsu.edu.


Placement Exams Process

All incoming transfer students will take the proficiency exam for Music Theory I.
Students who earn 60% or higher on each section of the exam will receive a P (pass).
Students who earn 75% or higher on each section of the exam will receive a HP (high pass).

Students who receive a P on any exam do not need to take that course and will enroll in the next course in the sequence. A student who receives a P on the Theory I proficiency exam, for instance, will not need to take Theory I and will enroll in Theory II during their
first semester at FHSU.

Students must earn a HP on an exam in order to take the exam for the next course in the sequence. A student who receives a HP on the Theory I proficiency exam, for instance, will not need to take Theory I and is eligible to take the Theory II placement exam.


Preparing for the Placement Exams

The Department of Music & Theatre at FHSU aims to provide a seamless transfer experience for incoming students. Success in the FHSU music curriculum requires an active fluency in theory skills, and the proficiency exam process ensures that students have these skills. The resources below are intended to help students review or develop essential theory skills and increase their chances of placing into the appropriate level of theory (or placing out of theory altogether).

Study Guides

Additional Resources for Review

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