ADMISSION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

The application to VCSU Music, performance audition, and theory/aural skills placement exam are required of all prospective majors, minors, and transfer students in music.
ENTRANCE AUDITION
An on-campus audition is preferred. Students located at considerable distance may, with permission, submit a good quality DVD videorecording:
  • Piano.   Two selections in contrasting styles, preferably from different eras. Repertoire equivalent to that described in the NFMC Junior Festivals Bulletin as Moderately Difficult II or higher. Memorization is not required but is preferred.
  • Instruments.   Two selections in contrasting styles, preferably from different eras. Repertoire equivalent to high school contest solos listed by the North Dakota (or other state) High School Activities Association, showing both technical and musical facility. Memorization is not required.
  • Voice.   Two selections in contrasting styles, preferably from different eras. Repertoire equivalent to high school contest solos listed by the North Dakota High School Activities Association. Memorization is not required but is preferred.
THEORY / AURAL SKILLS PLACEMENT EXAMINATION
The Theory / Aural Skills Placement Examination tests the student's ability to read notation and rhythms; as well as knowledge of chords, intervals, key signatures, and scales. Admission to MUS 109 Theory I / MUS 121 Aural Skills I requires a score of 80% or better on the placement examination; or a grade of "C" or better in MUS 101. Students may take this exam twice; if an 80% score is not achieved on the second attempt, the student must enroll in MUS 101 Music Fundamentals (offered Fall, Spring, and Summer). Students without theory background are advised to begin with MUS 101. [Recommended practice site: musictheory.net by Ricci Adams]

Admission into MUS 110 Theory II / MUS 122 Aural Skills II; MUS 201 Theory III / MUS 203 Aural Skills III; or MUS 202 Theory IV / MUS 204 Aural Skills IV requires a transcripted grade of "C" or better in the previous level of theory / aural skills.

Exam Schedule: It is recommended that the Placement Exam be completed no later than July 1 if enrolling for fall semester; and no later than October 1 if enrolling for spring semester. To schedule the online theory placement exam, contact nicholaus.meyers@vcsu.edu.
Department of Music
101 College Street Southwest
Valley City State University
Valley City, ND 58072
1-800-532-8641, Ext. 3-7272
FAX: 701-845-7264