Introduction to Music

Catalog Number
Exam Type
Multiple Choice
Credit / Level
3.0 / Lower

The UExcel Introduction to Music examination measures is based on material and skills typically taught in a one-semester, three-credit, lower-level undergraduate course in music appreciation. The content of the examination is drawn from that commonly included in course offerings with titles like Introduction to Music Literature, Music Appreciation, Survey of Music, and Music in the Western World. The examination measures knowledge of facts and terminology, an understanding of concepts and forms related to music theory (for example: pitch, dynamics, rhythm, melody), types of voices, instruments, and ensembles, characteristics, forms, and representative composers from the Middle Ages to the present, elements of contemporary and non-Western music, and the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding in audio excerpts from musical compositions. No prior knowledge of music is assumed. (Multiple-choice examination)

The Introduction to Music exam requires the use of headphones. Not all test centers have headphones. If a testing center does not have headphones, you will not be able to register to take the Introduction to Music examination at that test center (even though the test center will show up on the list of available test centers). Note that all test centers that are listed as “Pearson Professional Center” will have headphones.

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