Challenge Exams

Music Theory Challenge Exam
Aural Skills Challenge Exam
Instructions for Returned Missionaries

Overview

Challenge exams are intended for students who have previously learned and mastered the concepts covered in a music theory class, either through coursework, private study, or practical experience. Please DO NOT sign up for a challenge exam unless you are confident that you have the skills required, as described in the Requirements section below.

Challenge exams for 195 are offered in Fall and Spring semesters, during the first week of classes only.

Those who pass a challenge exam with a 90% or higher may choose to either waive the class or take the exam grade as their final grade in the class.
Those who pass with an 80% or higher may take the exam grade as their final grade in the class (or remain in the class).
Those who score below 80% must remain in the class.

Contact Dr. Steven Ricks, chair of the Music Theory division, to schedule a challenge exam

Requirements

Music 195 (Music Theory 1)

Review Videos

Music Theory 1

Music Theory 2

Other Documents (Grad School Review)

Overview

Challenge exams are intended for students who have previously acquired the skills covered in an aural skills or sight-singing class, either through coursework, private study, or practical experience. Please DO NOT sign up for a challenge exam unless you are confident that you have the skills required, as described in the “preparation / requirements” section below.

Challenge exams for 193, 197, 293, and 297 are offered in Fall and Spring semesters, during the first week of classes only.
Challenge exams for 194, 198, 294, and 198 are offered in Winter and Summer semesters, during the first week of classes only.

Those who pass a challenge exam with a 90% or higher may choose to either waive the class or take the exam grade as their final grade in the class.
Those who pass with an 80% or higher may take the exam grade as their final grade in the class (or remain in the class).
Those who score below 80% must remain in the class.

Fall 2020

Aural Skills 1 and 3: Challenge exams will available through Learning Suite from August 31 through 5:00 PM on Labor Day (September 7). A password is required to access the exam. Contact Dr. Yorgason at brent_yorgason@byu.edu for the password. It would be helpful if you could tell me about any prior experience or training that you have had. Also, let me know which section you are currently enrolled in, or if you are currently not enrolled.

Sight Singing 1 and 3: Challenge exams for sight singing will take place through Zoom meetings with Dr. Yorgason, by appointment from September 1 through September 6, noon to 3 PM sign up here – again, please only sign up if you have reviewed the requirements (below) and are confident that you can pass.

Preparation / Requirements

Music 193 (Aural Skills 1)

  • Content: see Karpinski manual, Chapters 1-25 (diatonic, major and minor)
  • Test: error detection, rhythmic dictation, and melodic dictation

Music 293 (Aural Skills 3)

  • Content: see Karpinski manual, Chapters 51-61 (chromaticism, modes, secondaries, altered chords)
  • Test: error detection, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, harmonic sequences, harmonic dictation, chord progressions

Music 194 (Aural Skills 2)

  • Content: see Karpinski manual, Chapters 26-49 (diatonic progressions, triads and sevenths, inversions)
  • Test: error detection, rhythmic dictation, melodic dictation, two-voice dictation, chord progressions, and harmonic dictation

Music 294 (Aural Skills 4)

  • Content: see Karpinski manual, Chapters 62-76 (sequences, modulation, advanced rhythm and meter)
  • Test: scale identification, error detection, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, modulation identification

Music 197 (Sight Singing 1)

  • Content: see Karpinski melodies 1-608 and Hall rhythms Chapters 1-7
  • Test: two rhythms, two melodies, call-and-response improvisation
  • Also, be prepared to sign at least two of these sequential patterns from memory
  • You must use correct solfege (movable do / do-based minor) and counting syllables [hand signs not required]

Music 297 (Sight Singing 3)

  • Content: see Karpinski melodies 984-1047 and Hall rhythms Chapters 16-23
  • Test: two rhythms, two melodies, call-and-response improvisation, arpeggiation of chromatic chord progressions [example]
  • Also, be prepared to sign at least two of these sequential patterns from memory
  • You must use correct solfege (movable do / do-based minor) and counting syllables [hand signs not required]

Music 198 (Sight Singing 2)

  • Content: see Karpinski melodies 609-983 and Hall rhythms Chapters 8-15
  • Test: two rhythms, two melodies, call-and-response improvisation, arpeggiation of diatonic chord progressions [example]
  • Also, be prepared to sign at least two of these sequential patterns from memory
  • You must use correct solfege (movable do / do-based minor) and counting syllables [hand signs not required]

Music 298 (Sight Singing 4)

  • Content: see Karpinski melodies 1048-1744 and Hall rhythms Chapters 24-31
  • Test: two rhythms, four or five melodies (shifting tonic when modulating)
  • Also, be prepared to sign at least two of these modulating patterns from memory
  • You must use correct solfege (movable do / do-based minor) and counting syllables [hand signs not required]

Access to the online Playlist for aural skills is good for 720 days from the time of purchase. This works fine for most universities, but at BYU students frequently leave on a mission and resume their studies two years later. This situation has been explained to the folks at W.W. Norton, who have agreed to extend access for at least one additional year for returned missionaries. Here are the instructions for requesting extended access for the online playlist:

  • Go to the WW Norton Help Desk at https://wwnorton.com/tech-support, scroll down, and click on “Submit Support Ticket”
  • Fill in the form with your information [see sample below]
  • In the “Request Information” section, use the following information:
    • Category: eBook
    • Type of Issue: Registration Code
    • Discipline: Music
    • Book Title: Karpinski, Manual for Ear Training
    • Subject: Access Code
    • Description: I am a student at Brigham Young University. After beginning my studies in [year], I left on a service mission for [two years / 18 months]. I am now resuming my studies and would like an extension of [360 / 720 days] for online access to the Playlist at https://digital.wwnorton.com/eartraining2. Thank you.
  • Submit the request and it shall be granted
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