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Placement Exams & Auditions

Placement exams and orchestra/chamber music auditions for new students take place in the fall.

2018-19 Exam Dates

Sept 4 Hearing and Analysis Exam Glee Club Room
Sept 5 History Exam Glee Club Room
Sept 4–6 Orchestra/Chamber Music Auditions Orchestra Rehearsal Hall
Sept 17, Oct 15, Dec 3, Feb 4, Apr 1*, Apr 8*, Apr 15* Keyboard Proficiency Exam
*dates for graduating students only
Leigh Hall Room B01

 

Placement Examinations

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.

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Music History Placement Examination
Incoming M.M., M.M.A., A.D., and Certificate candidates take a music history placement examination in the opening week. The examination includes short-answer identification of musical styles and genres based on listening and score excerpts, as well as essay questions concerning each period in music history. The purpose of the exam is diagnostic. On the basis of the test results, candidates may be required to enroll in one or more of the music history surveys.

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.

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Proficiency Exams

Keyboard Proficiency
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.

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Foreign Language Proficiency

The foreign language proficiency requirement for all degree programs has been canceled as of September 4, 2018. This announcement supersedes any information in the 2018-2019 Bulletin or the 2018-2019 Student Handbook.