Choosing Music Courses and Taking the Music Theory Placement Evaluation

Students interested in taking music courses or lessons are encouraged to enroll in our introductory gateway course, MUS 100:  Musical Literacies, which offers a broad introduction not only to music theory, but also to the different kinds of musical topics taught by the academic faculty members in the Music Department, including ethnomusicology, historical musicology, composition, and electronic music.

Students who have prior experience with music theory can attempt to pass out of MUS 100 by taking the Music Theory Placement Evaluation, an online exam designed to assess your level of theoretical knowledge in both classical music and (optionally) jazz.  The Evaluation will enable us to place more advanced music students into the appropriate music theory course.  The Music Department strongly encourages students wishing to major or minor in music to take the Music Theory Placement Evaluation.  The Music Theory Placement Evaluation will be available online starting June 1.  You reach the exam by following the link in the Entering Student Checklist in MyWellesley.

If you would like to take private lessons in musical performance, you must place out of MUS 100 or take it during the first year.  Students wishing to take lessons for credit must also receive the permission of the instructor via an audition and take a co-requisite of one academic music course for each year of credit lessons.

Full information about the opportunities offered by the music department is available on the music department website at