MUSC 164 entry requirements

To be eligible to enrol in this course, you must have passed one of the following:

  • Jazz theory entrance test
  • MUSC 160 Basic Musical Techniques with a grade of B or better
  • Grade 5 Theory from Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM or AMEB
  • Grade 3 Theory from NZMEB
  • one of NCEA Scholarship Music, NCEA Standard AS91420 ("Integrate aural skills into written representation”), or NCEA Standard AS91421 ("Demonstrate understanding of harmonic and tonal conventions in a range of scores”).

Students who have not passed any of the above requirements may still commence study by enrolling in MUSC 160 Basic Musical Techniques.

Course requirements MUSC 164 Jazz Theory 1

At the beginning of MUSC 164 it is assumed that students have a knowledge of, and quick facility with:

  • all note names in treble and bass clefs
  • all major key signatures
  • the order of sharps and flats as they appear in a key signature
  • modern chord symbols for major 7, dominant 7, minor 7, half-diminished 7, fully diminished 7
  • modes of the major scale (Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian)
  • other scales including the chromatic scale, whole-tone scale, half-whole diminished, whole-half diminished.

Jazz theory entrance test

To help you prepare for the Jazz theory entrance test, you can download the following Study Guide, which covers all of the theory concepts in the test.

The following self assessment test is intended to give students practice material of a level similar to the jazz theory entrance test. The answers are available here also, so that you can judge your preparedness.

For further details, please contact us—music@vuw.ac.nz, regarding making arrangements to sit the jazz theory entrance test.