Your music theory level

Depending on your choice of courses and degree, you may be expected to have a certain level of musical theory or ability before starting your course of study.

There are a range of Music Studies courses that can be taken by interested students without prior musical knowledge.

For three of the BMus majors – Classical Performance, Jazz, and Composition (instrumental and vocal) – prior knowledge of musical theory is required. The first-year courses MUSC 164 Jazz Theory, or MUSC 166 Classical Theory and Musicianship are basic courses for most Music majors. Admission to these courses requires students to have already passed either the NZSM theory placement test, Grade V Theory, or the course MUSC 160 Basic Musical Techniques with a grade of B+ or better.


Please Contact us regarding making arrangements to sit the NZSM theory placement test. Allow one hour to take the test.