Frequently Asked Questions
General Music FAQs:
Students can complete the first two years of a B.M. in Music Education, B.M. in Performance or B.M. in Composition. Admission to the B.A. in Music is currently suspended.
- Classical Guitar
- Electric Guitar
- Double Bass
- Electric Bass
- Oboe/English Horn
Visit www.stark.kent.edu/academics/depts/mus/placement.cfm for preparation instructions and testing hours. The test take less than one hour.
You will be contacted within one to two weeks with your approval of admission to the department.
- Read music proficiently in treble and bass clefs up to three ledger lines above and below the staff.
- Identify and notate rhythmic values (notes and rests).
- Identify meters and associated time signatures (i.e. simple quadruple for common time, etc.)
- Identify and notate major and minor (natural, harmonic, melodic) scales.
- Identify key signatures.
- Identify and notate simple intervals.
- Identify and notate major, minor, augmented and diminished triads in root position.
I want to be placed into Theory I and avoid taking Fundamentals and Rudiments of Music. What can I do to prepare for the Music Placement Test?
- Take private piano/theory lessons.
- Take AP Music Theory if it is offered at your high school. AP test scores in music do not directly count for credit at Kent State Stark, but students who score highly on the AP test generally test into advanced sections of theory.
- Study on your own using a textbook or a web-based course. The same material used to prepare for an AP Music Theory test would prepare you well for our Music Placement Test.
- Music Rudiments - Depending on your background and Music Placement Test score, this class can prepare you to enter Theory I directly.
- Piano Class for Non-Music Majors - This class is actually private piano lessons in the summer. This can give you a "leg up" on your keyboard skills.
- Composition - This class allows you to work with an instructor and compose original music for acoustic or electronic instruments. Instructor permission is required. NOTE: This is not a necessary degree requirement for most music degrees.
- Applied Lessons - Applied lessons on an instrument or voice are given after audition approval.
My primary instrument is violin, viola or cello. Can I take lessons? Can it be my primary instrument?
Appointments are scheduled online at www.stark.kent.edu/academics/advising.
- Music Production I (if you are a Music Technology major)
- Theory course as determined by the Music Theory Placement Test
- Applied lessons on your major instrument or voice
- Ensemble (choir or band)
- The Understanding of Music
- Kent Core class
- US 10097 - Destination Kent State: First Year Experience
"Applied Studio Musicianship" refers to individual and class instruction on modern instruments such as electric guitar, electric bass, drum-set, and non-classical vocal styles. The emphasis is on musical styles outside the Western Art Music tradition.
Music Technology FAQs:
- Music Production I
- Music as a World Phenomenon
- Applied Instrument
- Ensemble (choir or band)
- Kent Core classes