For Transfer Applicants:
In order to receive credit for coursework completed at another institution, applicants must exhibit skills and understanding of materials at a level required of students in programs at the ECU School of Music.
During the audition process, transfer applicants for programs in the ECU School of Music will be given timed examinations which will gauge their previous work. Results of these examinations may indicate the need for remedial work. [See preparation for Transfer Applicants, below, for suggested pre-examination study and/or review.]
These audition examinations cover each applicant's understanding and awareness of Music History and Music Theory. The materials covered on these examinations represent the breadth and depth of understanding required of ECU School of Music undergraduate degree recipients.
See sample test in Music History.
See sample test in Music Theory (each part is a PDF file):
In order to prepare for the Transfer Student Audition Exams, or to further prepare for required courses in all ECU School of Music programs, it is suggested that:
- Those students needing some review in Music Theory read/re-read:
Cooper, Paul. Perspective in Music Theory
Spencer, Peter. The Practice of Harmony
Gauldin, Robert. Harmonic Practice in Tonal Music *
- Those students needing some review in Music History read/re-read:
Crocker, Richard L. A History of Musical Style
Grout, Donald J. History of Western Music *
* Texts used in the Undergraduate curriculum of the ECU School of Music, available at ECU Dowdy Student Stores Bookstore.
We strongly suggest that you work with these materials on your own before beginning your first semester of study with us.