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Level I and Level II

Level I
Scales Keys: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
1. Major Two octaves from any degree or mode (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at
=60).
2. Chromatic Two octaves from tonic (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
Triads Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
3. Chords Maj, Min, Aug, Dimclose voicing, starting from root position, across
fingerboard, one octave.
4. Arpeggios Maj, Min, Aug, Dimone octave from root (min. tempo: eighth notes
at =60).
Four-Part Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
5. Chords Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6,
Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, 13one form for each.
6. Arpeggios Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7one octave from
root (min. tempo: eighth notes at =60).
Performance
7. Performance Instructor approved performance piecethree minute maximum.
Notation required for test team.
8. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.

Level II
Scales Keys: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A (parallel to major)
1. Melodic Minor Two octaves from any degree or mode (min. tempo: sixteenth notes
at =60).
2. Whole-tone Two octaves from tonic (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
Triads Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
3. Chords Maj, Min, Aug, Dimclose voicing, starting from any inversion, one
octave up and down all string sets: , , , .
4. Arpeggios Maj, Min, Aug, Dimfrom root, two octaves (min. tempo: eighth
notes at =60).
4-Part Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
5. Chords Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7), Maj(9/7),
Maj(9/6), min9(maj7), 7(b9/b13),13(b9), 9(b13)one form for each.
6. Arpeggios Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)one octave
from root (min. tempo: eighth notes at =60).
Performance
7. Performance Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum.
Notation required for test team.
8. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
LEVEL I
Sample Test Questions and Responses

I. Scales
1) Major: Two octaves from any degree or mode (sixteenth notes at =60).
Ex.1 G from 2nd degree

Ex. 2 D Locrian

2) Chromatic: Two octaves from tonic (sixteenth notes at =60).


A Chromatic

II. Triads
Chords: Maj., Min., Aug., Dim., close voicing starting Arpeggios: Maj., Min., Aug., Dim. one
from root position, across fingerboard one octave. octave from root (eighth notes at =60).
D0 D



III. Four Part


Chords: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Arpeggios: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4,
Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6, 7#5, Dim7 one octave from root (eighth notes at =60).
Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, 13one form for each.
CMaj7 F7sus4

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
LEVEL II
Sample Test Questions and Responses

I. Scales
1) Melodic Minor: Two octaves from any degree or mode (sixteenth notes at =60).
Ex.1 Bb from 7th degree

Ex. 2 Bb Lydian b7

2) Whole-tone: Two octaves from tonic (sixteenth notes at =60).


C Whole-tone

II. Triads
Chords: Maj., Min., Aug., Dim. close voicing, starting
from any inversion, one octave up and down any Arpeggios: Maj., Min., Aug., Dim. two
string set: , , , . octaves from root (eighth notes at =60).
(1st Inv., 2nd string set)
Dm A


III. Four Part


Chords: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, Arpeggios: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5,
7b5, Dim(Maj7), Maj(9/7), Maj(9/6), min9(maj7), Dim(Maj7) one octave from root (eighth notes at =60).
7(b9/b13), 13(b9), 9(b13)one form for each
( )
C0 Maj7 F7 5

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
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Level III and Level IV

Level III
Scales Keys: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
1. Harm. Minor Two octaves from any degree (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
2. Diminished Two octaves from tonic (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
(whole step, half step)
Triads Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
3. Chords Maj, Min spread (open) voicingsstarting from any inversion, one
octave.
4. Arpeggios Maj, Min, Aug, Dimfrom any chord tone, one octave (min. tempo:
eighth notes at =60).
4-Part Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
5. Chords Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6,
Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, 13two forms for each
6. Arpeggios Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7one octave
from any chord tone (min. tempo: eighth notes at =60).
Performance
7. Performance Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum.
Notation required for test team.
8. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes

Level IV
Scales Keys: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
1. Harm. Major Two octaves from any degree (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
2. Pentatonic Two octaves from tonicmajor (1, 2, 3, 5, 6) and minor (1, 2, b3, 5, 6)
(min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
Triads Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
3. Chords Aug, Dim spread (open) voicingsstarting from any inversion, one
octave.
4. Arpeggios Maj, Min, Aug, Dimfrom any chord tone, two octaves, (min.
tempo: eighth notes at =60).
4-Part Roots: C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A
5. Chords Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7), Maj(9/7),
Maj(9/6), min9(maj7), 7(b9/b13),13(b9), 9(b13)two forms for each
6. Arpeggios Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)one octave
from any chord tone, (min. tempo: eighth notes at =60).
Performance
7. Performance Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum.
Notation required for test team.
8. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes
LEVEL III
Sample Test Questions and Responses

I. Scales
1) Harmonic Minor: Two octaves from any degree (sixteenth notes at =60).
Ex.1 D from 5th degree

Ex. 2 C from 7th degree

2) Diminished (whole step, half step): Two octaves from tonic (sixteenth notes at =60).
G Diminished

II. Triads
Maj., Min. spread (open) voicings, starting Maj., Min., Aug., Dim. from any chord tone,
from any inversion, one octave. one octave (eighth notes at =60).
(from 1st Inv.)
E m A 0 (1st Inv.)

III. Four Part


Chords: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Arpeggios: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5,
Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6, Dim7 from any chord tone, one octave (eighth notes at =60).
Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, 13two forms for each
( )
G7sus4 G7sus4 Dm7 5
(from 7th)

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
LEVEL IV
Sample Test Questions and Responses

I. Scales
1) Harmonic Major: Two octaves from any degree (sixteenth notes at =60).
D from 5th degree

2) Pentatonic: Two octaves from tonicmajor (1, 2, 3, 5, 6,) and Japanese minor (1, 2, b3, 5, 6), (sixteenth notes at
=60).
Ex. 1 Eb Pent. Major

Ex. 2 A Pent. Minor

II. Triads
Chords: Aug., Dim., open (spread) voicings Arpeggios: Maj., Min., Aug., Dim. from any
starting from any inversion, one octave. chord tone, two octaves (eighth notes at =60).
(from 2nd inv.) (from 5th)
C0 Gmin

III. Four Part


Chords: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, Arpeggios: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5,
7b5, Dim(Maj7), Maj(9/7), Maj(9/6), min9(maj7), 7b5, Dim(Maj7) one octave from any chord tone,
7(b9/b13), 13(b9), 9(b13)two forms for each. (eighth notes at =60).
( 5)
GMaj7 GMaj7 ( 5 ) F (Maj7 )
(from 3rd)

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
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Level V and Level VI

Level V
Scales All keys
1. Major Three octaves from any degree or mode, (min. tempo: sixteenth
notes at =60).
2. Chromatic Three octaves from tonic, (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
Triad
3. Chords Diatonic to C Major, voice-led through 6 cycles from Root, 1st and
2nd inversions, close and spread.
4. Arpeggios Major three octaves from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo:
eighth notes at =60).
4-Part
5. Chords Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7all inversions,
student choice of key.
6. Arpeggios Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7two octaves
from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo: eighth notes at =60).
7. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
8. Performance Instructor approved performance piece.

Level VI
Scales All keys
1. Mel. Minor Three octaves from any degree or mode, (min. tempo: sixteenth
notes at =60).
2. Whole tone Three octaves from tonic, (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
Triad
3. Chords Diatonic to C Melodic Minor, voice-led through 6 cycles from Root,
1st and 2nd inversions, close and spread.
4. Arpeggios Minor three octaves from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo:
eighth notes at =60).
4-Part
5. Chords Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)all
inversions, student choice of key.
6. Arpeggios Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)
two octaves from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo: eighth
notes at =60).
7. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
8. Performance Instructor approved performance piece.
LEVEL V
Sample Test Questions and Responses
I. Scales
1) Major: Three octaves from any degree or mode (sixteenth notes at =60).

Ex.1 Db from 3rd degree

Ex.2 F# Aeolian

2) Chromatic: Three octaves from tonic (sixteenth notes at =60).


G Chromatic

II. Triads
Chords: Diatonic to C Major, voice-led through six cycles from Root, 1st and 2nd inversion (close and spread).
Ex.1 Key of C Major Ex.2 Key of C Major
Cycle 3 from 1st Inv. (Close) Cycle 4 from Root Pos. (Close)
C Em G B0 Dm F Am C C F B0 Em Am Dm G C

Arpeggios: Major 3 octaves from any chord tone, all keys (eighth notes at =60).
D from 3rd

III. Four Part


Chords: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, 7#5, Arpeggios: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, 7#5,
Dom7sus4, Dim7 all inversions (student's Dom7sus4, Dim7 two octaves from any chord tone,
choice of key. all keys (eighth notes at =60).
B m7 B 7sus4 C7sus4 from b7

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
LEVEL VI
Sample Test Questions and Responses
I. Scales
1) Melodic Minor: Three octaves from any degree or mode (sixteenth notes at =60).

Ex.1 G from 1st degree

Ex.2 G Altered

2) Whole tone: Three octaves from tonic (sixteenth notes at =60).


F Whole tone

II. Triads
Chords: Diatonic to C Melodic Minor, voice-led through six
cycles from Root, 1st and 2nd inversion (close and spread).

Ex.1 Key of C Mel. Minor Ex.2 Key of C Mel. Minor


Cycle 2 from 1st Inversion (Close) Cycle 6 from Root Position (spread)
Cm Dm E aug F G A0 B0 Cm Cm A0 F Dm B0 G E aug Cm

Arpeggios: Minor 3 octaves from any chord tone, all keys (eighth notes at =60).
B m from 5th

III. Four Part


Chords: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Arpeggios: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)
Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7) all inversions
(student choice of key). two octaves from any chord tone, all keys (eighth notes at =60).
( ) ( 5) ( )
Cm maj7 C7 GMaj7 5
from 3rd

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
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Level VII and Level VIII

Level VII
Scales All keys
1. Harm. Minor Three octaves from any degree, (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at
=60).
2. Diminished Three octaves from tonic, (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
Triad
3. Chords Diatonic to C Harmonic Minor, voice-led through 6 cycles from
Root, 1st and 2nd inversions, close and spread.
4. Arpeggios Augmented 3 octaves from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo:
eighth notes at =60).
4-Part
5. Chords Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7all inversions,
all keys.
6. Arpeggios Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7three octaves
from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo: eighth notes at =60).
7. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
8. Performance Instructor approved performance piece.

Level VIII
Scales All keys
1. Harm. Major Three octaves from any degree or mode, (min. tempo: sixteenth
notes at =60).
2. Pentatonic Three octaves from tonicmajor (1, 2, 3, 5, 6) and minor (1, 2, b3, 5,
6), (min. tempo: sixteenth notes at =60).
Triad
3. Chords Maj, Min, Aug, Dimvoice-led chromatically "48 to 48" (close and
spread).
4. Arpeggios Diminished three octaves from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo:
eighth notes at =60).
4-Part
5. Chords Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)all
inversions, all keys.
6. Arpeggios Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)three
octaves from any chord tone, all keys (min. tempo: eighth notes at
=60).
7. Reading Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
8. Performance Instructor approved performance piece
LEVEL VII
Sample Test Questions and Responses
I. Scales
1) Harmonic Minor: Three octaves from any degree (sixteenth notes at =60).
Ex.1 G from 7th degree

Ex.2 Bb from 5th degree

2) Diminished: Three octaves from tonic (sixteenth notes at =60).


G Diminished

II. Triads
Chords: Diatonic to C Harmonic Minor, voice-led through six
cycles from Root, 1st and 2nd inversion (close and spread).
Ex.1 Key of C Harm. Minor Ex.2 Key of C Harm. Minor
Cycle 3 from 2nd Inversion (Close) Cycle 5 from 1st Inversion (spread)
Cm E G B0 D0 Fm A Cm Cm G D0 A E B0 Fm Cm

Arpeggios: Augmented 3 octaves from any chord tone, all keys (eighth notes at =60).
D from 3rd

III. Four Part


Chords: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Arpeggios: Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, 7#5, Dom7sus4, Dim7,
7#5, Dom7sus4, Dim7 all inversions,
all keys. three octaves from any chord tone, all keys (eighth notes at =60).
( 5)
B m7 C7 GMaj7 from 7th

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.
LEVEL VIII
Sample Test Questions and Responses
I. Scales
1) Harmonic Major: Three octaves from any degree (sixteenth notes at =60).
Ex.1 A from 6th degree

Ex.2 Eb from 3rd degree

2) Pentatonic: Three octaves from tonic-major (1, 2, 3, 5, 6) and Japanese minor (1, 2, b3, 5, 6) (sixteenth notes at
Ab Major Pentatonic (1, 2, 3, 5, 6) =60).

G Minor Pentatonic "Japanese" (1, 2, b3, 5, 6)

II. Triads
Chords: "48 to 48" (Any Maj. Min. Aug. Dim. triad voice-led to any other triad. 4 qualities X 12 keys = 48)
16 triads, supplied by test team are to be played both close and spread. See the article Triadic Equal Rights
by Mick Goodrick, available at http://classes.berklee.edu/gr
Ex.1 close
C A m Bm E A D0 G F m B E m F D E C0 Gm E

Ex.2 spread
C E Gm C E D F E m B F m E D0 A C B A m

Arpeggios: Diminished 3 octaves from any chord tone, all keys (eighth notes at =60).
C0 from 5th

III. Four Part


Chords: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Arpeggios: Min(maj7), Maj7#5, Maj7b5, Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)
Min7#5, 7b5, Dim(Maj7)all two octaves from any chord tone, all keys (eighth notes at =60).
inversions, all keys.
0 (M a j 7 ) ( )
D M a j 7 #5 B Dm M a j 7 from 3rd

IV. Performance
1. Performance: Instructor approved performance piece-three minute maximum. Notation required for test team.
2. Reading: Level appropriatesingle note and chords with rhythm slashes.