Texas Tech University

Placement/Preliminary Exams

For all graduate programs:

Every student is required to take the Preliminary Examinations in Music immediately prior to enrolling for the first semester of graduate study. The purpose of these diagnostic examinations is to determine the student's level of preparation for graduate study. They are administered during the registration period prior to each semester and consist of examinations in music history and music theory. Students are expected to take the Preliminary Exam prior to their initial enrollment. Based on the examinations, specific courses may be recommended or required as part of the student's program of study. Students may not enroll in graduate courses in music history or music theory until after they have taken the Preliminary Exam.