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 papers 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. Students enrolling for these majors will take a theory placement test (which Performance majors can take at the time of their audition).

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 or the course MUSC 160 Basic Musical Techniques with a grade of B+ or better.

Unless you will be taking the test at your audition, we are holding NZSM theory placement tests on the following Wednesdays between 12:00 noon and 5:00pm:
23, 30 October; 6, 13, 20, 27 November; 4, 11, 18 December 2013; 8 and 15 January 2014.
Allow one hour to take the test 

If you are unable to attend on any of these Wednesdays, please Contact us regarding making alternative arrangements to sit the NZSM theory placement test.