Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
School of Music
Dr. Christopher Hanning
Administrative Assistant to Dean
Will Hillegeist, M.M.
Matthew Scott Miller
Robert (Bob) Rust
Recording Engineer/Video Technician
Director, Acoustic Instrument Technical Services
The first portion of the examination will assess student competencies in music history and literature. History/literature-styles, forms and genres of all major periods of music history, representative composers and their works, philosophical and societal issues relating to music history. This knowledge will be assessed through a combination of written questions and aural listening exam.
To prepare for this exam, students may find the following materials helpful:
You can also view the study guide for the Music History and Literature portion of the examination.
The second portion of the examination will assess student competencies in music theory.
Theory: harmonic and melodic structures, basic arranging and composition, and aural skills. These skills and knowledge will be assessed through a combination of written questions and aural listening exam.
To prepare for this exam, students should review such topics in music theory as:
Stefan Kostka's Tonal Harmony is a useful text to review in preparation for this portion of the Graduate Admission Test. You can also view the graduate placement test study guide and a graduate placement test sample lead sheet for the Music Theory portion of the examination.
The GPT will be administered by the Graduate Coordinator for the School of Music on the dates advertised. Members of the Music History and Literature Department will assess the history/literature component. Members of the Music Theory and Composition Department will assess the theory component. Based upon the results of the examination and other admissions criteria (including, but not limited to, auditions, samples of written work, interviews), the School of Music will recommend one of the following actions:
*MHL 501 - Style, Form, Genre as remedial history course
**MTC 591 - Advanced Chromatic Harmony
Each applicant will be notified as to need for remedial courses as identified through this exam.
Students identified as needing remedial coursework must register for and successfully complete such course(s) during the first semester in which the course(s) is/are offered following the examination.
Students identified as needing remedial coursework and attending summer sessions only must register for and successfully complete such course(s) during the first summer session in which the course(s) is/are offered following the examination.
Students identified as needing remedial coursework must register for and complete the required course(s) prior to registering for any other course in the department in which remediation is required.
Remedial course credits will not be counted toward the total number of credit hours required by the student's degree curriculum. Remedial courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.
Students identified as needing remedial coursework who do not register for and successfully complete the required course(s) within the time frame detailed above will not be allowed to register for further graduate study in music until remedial courses are taken.
Students who otherwise meet admission criteria for a degree curriculum (e.g. degree requirement, grade point average in field, departmental assessment through audition, assessment of writing samples, etc.) may be admitted to graduate study in music as "Provisionally Matriculated."