Undergraduate Placement Exams

As part of the audition process for the Ball State School of Music, all prospective undergraduate students are asked to take two placement exams:

  • piano placement exam
  • sight-singing/ear-training placement exam

These exams are designed to determine each student's proficiency level in these skills. They are for placement within our program only and are not part of the decision process to gain acceptance to the program.

For the piano placement exam, students are asked to perform, if possible, a short repertoire selection that demonstrates their current piano ability level. Proficiency in functional and technical skills such as scales, chord progressions, sight-reading, melody harmonization, transposition, improvisation, and score-reading will also be assessed. (Please note: the piano placement exam guidelines are different from the piano audition guidelines.  If you are interested in piano as your principal instrument, the piano audition guidelines will provide important information.)

For complete information on program requirements, please consult the Ball State University Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Admissions and Scholarships.

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5400
Fax: 765-285-5401
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