Pre-Performance Classes

After music majors complete the coursework in music theory, history and literature, they take the Major Field Test in Music, an exit exam developed by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, N.J., and used by colleges and universities across the United States. ALL music majors must take the MFT: it is a graduation requirement, and we consider a counterpart to the senior recital in their applied area (prior to 2006, ETS had a different form of the exam, with a different name). The enormous amount of data secured by ETS enables the institutions using this exam to compare their students’ exam performance with those of all other participating institutions.

The JBU Music Department groups its students into cohorts over a two-year period. Since 2000, the performance of the seven groups of JBU music majors tested have compared very favorably with groups from all participating colleges and universities. Their average total score has consistently placed them in the top 10 percent (with one exception: 85th percentile), and twice they ranked well above the 95th. In the area of Theory, they have consistently ranked in the top 5 percent (with one exception: 93rd percentile). 

We can offer you a truly outstanding education in music theory, history and literature. Our students consistently prove the quality of the program.

 

Major Field Test: Music

Percentiles from ETS distribution tables: February 2005-June 2011 data

Year Number of students in JBU group

Total

score and percentile

Listening Comprehension

subscore and percentile

Written Theory

subscore and percentile

Written History

subscore and percentile

2011-12 9

167

99th %ile

60

94th %ile

72

99th %ile

63

98th %ile

2009-10 8

160

90th %ile

57

85th %ile

66

96th %ile

54

71st %ile

2007-08 7

157

85th %ile

51

57th %ile

61

93rd %ile

55

77th %ile

2005-06 10

160

90th %ile

54

73rd %ile

65

96th %ile

56

77th %ile

 

Major Field Achievement Test: Music II

Percentiles from ETS distribution tables: 1999-2002 data

Year Number of students in JBU group

Total

score and percentile

Theory

subscore and percentile

History and Literature

subscore and percentile

Style Analysis

subscore and percentile

Basic Terms and Identification

subscore and percentile

2003-04 6

170.3

95th %ile

69.5

95th %ile

67

95th %ile

69.5

95th %ile

67

95th %ile

2001-02 7

162

90th %ile

63.4

95th %ile

57

75th %ile

59.9

85th %ile

63.4

90th %ile

1999-2000 11

163.4

90th %ile

63.8

95th %ile

61.1

85th %ile

62.9

90th %ile

62

90th %ile