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Summary of Skills to be Evaluated

Students must be able to:

  • Take Melodic Dictation
  • Take Harmonic Dictation
  • Sing a Melody at sight
  • Sing a Rhythm at sight
  • Realize a Figured Bass and Provide Harmonic Analysis
  • Analyze a piece of music tonally, harmonically, and formally
  • Display understanding of standard musical terminology
  • Recognize and identify standard musical constructions such as sequence, cadence, and modulation
  • Identify and describe, through a given piece of music, characteristic elements of the various style periods normally designated in Western music (i.e. “Romantic, Classical, etc.)
  • The music history & musicology portion of the DMA Entrance Exam covers the standard eras — Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and
  • 20th-Century. Students will be asked to discuss major composers and works, identify names and terms, and discuss style characteristics. To be well prepared, students are advised to study either Peter Burkholder’s A History of Western Music (7th ed., 2006) or Barbara Hanning’s Concise History of Music (3rd ed., 2006)