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  • Artusi converted our placement exam to its online format during the pandemic.  Perhaps contact them?
  • Hi John -- can the student discriminate between a major and minor scale?  If so, then I would try to force the student to think in scale degrees (no note names, no solfege).  Sing up the scale:  is it 1 - 3 - 5?  Or is it 1 - b3 - 5?  You could have…
  • HI David -- we have both an MA and an MM (no MFA).  The MM is for performers primarily, and the MA for researchers (who may very well continue into a PhD).  Some majors (composition, music education) offer both an MA and MM track, depending on how m…
  • Hi Rick -- I guess I'll chime in by saying that our textbook (Clendinning and Marvin, The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis) does try to represent the accentual strength of beats in a way that gets at some of what you describe. In the third ed…
  • Hi all -- Although I hate to put in a shameless plug, I will do so.  Have you looked at The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills, vol. 2 by Phillips, Murphy, Marvin, and Clendinning?  This volume focuses on dictation, and includes both "inductive listen…