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Placement Exams & Auditions
|Sept 5||History Exam||Glee Club Room|
|Sept 5||Hearing and Analysis Exam||Glee Club Room|
|Sept 5–8||Orchestra/Chamber Music Auditions||Orchestra Rehearsal Hall|
|Sept 29, Jan 22, Apr 3||Language Proficiency Exams||Leigh Hall Room 402|
|Sept 18, Oct 16, Dec 4, Feb 5, Apr 2*, Apr 9*, Apr 16*||Keyboard Proficiency Exam
*dates for graduating students only
|Leigh Hall Room B01|
Hearing Placement Examination
Incoming M.M., M.M.A., A.D., and Certificate candidates take a diagnostic Hearing placement examination during the first week of school. Students will be assigned to an appropriate Hearing class on the basis of the test results.
Music History Placement Examination
Incoming M.M., M.M.A., A.D., and Certificate candidates take a diagnostic Music History placement examination during the first week of school. Students will be assigned to an appropriate Music History class on the basis of the test results.
Orchestra / Chamber Music Auditions
All wind, brass, string, percussion, and harp players must perform an audition during the first week of school. This is a placement audition for the Philharmonia Orchestra as well as our chamber music program.
All M.M., M.M.A., A.D., and Certificate students must complete this proficiency in order to graduate and are encouraged to complete it during the first semester of study. Students should strive to acquire keyboard skills before entering Yale. Basic keyboard proficiency is a requirement of the M.M. degree. Proficiency examinations are administered several times during the year.
Sign-up sheets are posted outside of Room B-01 in Leigh Hall.
Foreign Language Proficiency
All M.M., M.M.A., and Certificate students whose first language is English must complete this proficiency in order to graduate and are encouraged to complete it during the first year of school. This exam is designed to evaluate a student’s ability to read scholarly writing on musical subjects in a modern foreign language. A passing grade depends on accuracy and the amount translated in the two hours allowed. A dictionary may be used. Students deficient in language preparation must begin work during the first year and continue until the required proficiency is reached.
Copies of previous language proficiency tests are available below.