Master of Music
Music Theory Competency Exam
Ear Training Practice Test
Part II: Harmonic Portion

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A. Chords

You will hear a series of six triads in root position. Identify the quality of each (M, m, A, d). Chords Nos. 1 through 3 will be in close spacing, and chords Nos. 4 through 6 will be in open spacing. Each chord will be played one time.

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You will hear a series of seventh chords in root position. Each chord will be either a major-minor seventh chord (Mm7), a minor seventh chord (m7), or a fully diminished seventh chord (o7). (A major-minor seventh chord is the same as a dominant seventh chord.) You should identify the quality of each chord, using the abbreviated labels shown above—that is, Mm7, m7, or o7.

Chords Nos. 1 through 3 will be in close spacing, and chords Nos. 4 through 6 will be in open spacing. Each chord will be played two times.

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B. Harmonic Progressions

You will hear two progressions in four parts. For each progression, you should provide (1) the soprano line, (2) the bass line, and (3) a Roman numeral analysis underneath. Be sure to notate the correct rhythmic durations, and provide bar lines as necessary. Each progression will be played four times.

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2012-07-30


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