Freshman Theory

In order to be placed into Freshman theory, you must be fluent in both treble and bass clef and know all major key signatures (including order and placement of flats and sharps on the staff).  There will be a placement test on the first day of class. Those who do not know both treble and bass clef and major key signatures will be required to take MUSC 1000 (Music Fundamentals) before taking the theory class.

Freshman theory will be divided into two sections: a faster-paced section and a regular-paced section. Those who have studied Music Theory in high school will be placed in the faster-paced section.  There WILL be a placement test on the first class day to be sure that you are ready to join Music Theory 1011 instead of Music Fundamentals.

To practice both treble and bass clef, as well as learning major key signatures, you may visit:

It is suggested that you drill on treble or bass clef, whichever you are least familiar with. Also, go through the lessons and exercises on major key signatures.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Goode at