This assessment is intended to accurately place incoming students in a theory course appropriate to their level of experience and instruction. The test should be taken without external assistance and completed within an hour.

Topics covered include:

  • Notes
  • Clefs
  • Key Signatures
  • Time Signatures
  • Triads and Inversions
  • Seventh Chords and Inversions
  • Major Scales
  • Minor Scales (natural, harmonic, melodic)
  • Harmonic Analysis (roman numerals)

The textbook used for the Music Theory sequence at Bucknell University is Kostka & Payne's Tonal Harmony. You may wish to consult this text as a resource prior to completing the theory assessment. Should you have additional questions, please contact Professor Paul Botelho.

Please download, print, and complete the Theory Assessment (pdf) and mail it to:

Dr. Paul Botelho
Department of Music
Bucknell University
1 Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837

The assessments must be received by June 5 so the theory faculty can advise incoming students before the June 13 course registration deadline for first-year students.