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Graduate Diagnostic (Entrance) Exams

Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history are required of all incoming graduate students, except those who received a Master’s degree from the LSU School of Music within the preceding four years and are entering a doctoral program. The purpose of diagnostic examinations is to determine whether students are equipped to undertake history and theory courses at the 7000 level.

The degree of accomplishment expected is equivalent to that of LSU’s graduating seniors. On the basis of these examinations, Music 3703, Music 3704, and/or Music 3710 may be required as prerequisites for 7000 level courses in music history and music theory.

These examinations are critically important. Diligent preparation and review can significantly improve your performance on them. If you are required to take remedial courses, they will provide a valuable opportunity to enhance your knowledge and sharpen your skills.

For additional information about diagnostic Exams, contact Dr. Andreas Giger for music history and Dr. Robert Peck for music theory.

Examples of Diagnostic Exams

Examples of each diagnostic exam can be found here:

Graduate Music History Diagnostic Exams

Graduate Music Theory Diagnostic Exams

Upcoming Exams

Spring 2017

Monday, 1/9/17
Music History 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Music Theory 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Music & Dramatic Arts, room 245

Summer 2017

Thursday, 6/1/17
Music History 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Music Theory 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Music & Dramatic Arts, room 245

Note: Students who do not take these exams will be automatically enrolled in the remedial courses in music history and music theory.