Master of Music
Music Theory Competency Exam
Ear Training Practice Test
Part I: Melodic Portion

Please print out a copy of this page in order to record your answers as you take this practice test. This test includes sound clips that will not function at a mobile device.

A. You will hear a series of melodic fragments, all in the key of E-flat major. Each melodic fragment consists of three pitches. For each fragment, notate the three pitches on the staff using whole notes, as shown in the sample below.

Each fragment will be played two times.

Melody clef for MHST exam

B. Intervals

The first pitch of a melodic interval is notated for you. You should (1) notate the second pitch, and (2) identify the interval on the blank underneath, specifying both quality and size (for instance, "P5" for perfect 5th). Intervals Nos. 1 through 4 are ascending; Nos. 5 through 8 are descending.

 

 

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C. Rhythmic Dictation

You will hear two brief unaccompanied melodies. For each melody, you should notate the rhythm in the meter indicated. You will need to decide on the number of measures for each dictation; be sure to provide bar lines as necessary.

There will be two playings for each melody. Before each playing you will hear two measures of beats counted out for you.

(a)

2

4

(b)

6

8

D. Melodic Dictation

You will hear an accompanied melody. Notate the melody on the following staves. You wll need to decide on a meter and the number of measures. (There are several possible correct answers.)

Be aware that this melody could conclude with any of the following cadences: perfect authentic, imperfect authentic, or half cadence. (To put it another way: the final scale degree of the melody might or might not be the tonic.)

You will hear this melody six times.

Melody clef for MHST exam

 

Finished?

When you have finished writing down your answers, you may check them using this answer key (PDF file).

2012-07-30


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