Music Theory Placement

The Pomona music theory sequence begins with Music 4: Materials of Music, and continues with Music 80, 81, and 82 (Theory I, II, and III).

Many students are not sure which music theory course is appropriate for them. To address this, the department offers an online placement test.

Go to the placement test in Sakai (the Claremont Collaborative Learning Environment). To make the link work you will need to log in to Sakai first and join the Music Placement test site. Do so by using your Pomona (or other Claremont College) username and password.
If the above link does not work for you, after logging into Sakai try the following:

  1. Log in to
  2. Choose "Home" on the upper left corner
  3. Select "Membership"
  4. If you have never taken the Pomona College Music Theory test, select "Joinable Sites"
  5. Enter "Theory" in the search box
  6. Choose and join "POMusicTheoryPlaceme"
  7. Once you have joined the POMusicTheoryPlaceme site, read the overview and take the test

You will now have a Sakai tab labeled “POMusicTheoryPlaceme.”