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College of Arts and Humanities

Transfer Theory Diagnostic Exam

In addition to general education courses, transfer students wanting to major in music at CWU should have completed two years of Music Theory (Written and Aural Skills), Two years of Applied lessons on a major instrument or voice, and also developed basic piano skills (if piano is not your major instrument).  If you do not have any courses in these areas, then you will begin at the first year level as a music major at CWU. Yes, you will be a freshman and it will take a minimum of four years to complete your music degree.

If you are a transfer student, but have yet to take any theory courses. follow the incoming freshman instructions found here. Otherwise, we are happy to give you credit for theory courses taken at other institutions. However, we want to be sure that your knowledge and skills are on a par with the students who have gone through our theory sequence.

If you have taken music courses and you want to receive credit for taking these courses, please read the "Transfer Students" section of the Undergraduate Handbook to learn how. 

If you are transferring any theory courses from another institution, you must take an in house theory diagnostic exam. (See the Transfer Student Theory Review page for more info about the exam itself)

This exam MUST be taken at one of the following times in the McIntyre Music building:

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 7:00 AM
  • Monday, July 22, 2019, 7:00 AM
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24. time TBA 

Contact Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr,, to reserve a seat.


Your registration for other music courses, including applied music (private lessons), will be in jeopardy if you do not take this exam. If you have questions about this, address them to Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr.

The results of this exam will help place the student in the appropriate class within the theory sequence. It will also help ensure that the student is successful and that they complete their chosen music degree program with the appropriate level of content knowledge. The theory curriculum is an integrated and comprehensive program including ear-training skills, melodic/harmonic/rhythmic dictation, solfege and extensive sight-singing skills, keyboard harmony, and extensive written content from fundamental skills through an introduction to post-tonal techniques. Content covered during each quarter can be found in the current course syllabi on the “Music Theory Courses Offered” page.

Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr
Advising & Recruiting Specialist


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