M.M. Placement Exams

Exam Dates: August 30 and 31

During orientation, all incoming Boston Conservatory M.M. students are required to take proficiency exams in ear training, harmony, and music history. 

The exams will be offered via Zoom during the following times (noted in ET):

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: History
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Harmony and Ear Training

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: History
1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Harmony and Ear Training

You will only need to register for one time slot for the History exam and one time slot for the harmony/ear training exam. Please register here for your preferred exam times.


Preparing For Your Exam

Why These Exams Are Required

Entering M.M. students are expected to demonstrate knowledge and competence in these subjects at a level that is equivalent to that of students who have completed the B.M. course of study at Boston Conservatory. 

The results of these proficiency exams determine your course placement for the fall, and whether or not you will need to take any remedial or review courses. If remedial work is needed, students are required to complete this work within the first year of study.


If you have questions about the exams, please email: