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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1Music Notation: History & Theory
Course SummaryThe New Mexico Teacher Assessments (NTMA) Music exam has been replaced by the National Evaluation Series (NES) Music teacher certification test. Work through this course at your own pace to study essential music concepts and get fully prepared for the exam.
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About This Course
This course is designed to help you study all of the musical concepts that appear on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Music exam. Inside, you'll find short video lessons and interactive practice quizzes that cover the fundamentals of music history, genres, notation and much more. Topics you can expect to study include:
- Music notation
- Melody, meter and rhythm
- Forms of music
- Musical instruments
- Instrumental and vocal ensembles
- Orchestral music and operas
- Medieval and Renaissance music
- Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods
- Modern, jazz, world and popular music
- Musical theater
About the Exam
The NES Music exam is currently being used for teacher certification purposes in the state of New Mexico. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, and test takers have three hours to complete the test. The computer-delivered exam is offered at testing centers throughout New Mexico and the United States, and as of 2017, the National Benchmark passing score for the test is 224. Sections of the exam include Aural Analysis Skills (23%), Music Theory & Composition (23%), Music History & Culture (23%), and Music Methodology & Performance (31%).
NES Music Exam Preparation and Registration
This course is designed to simplify your test preparation experience. You can work through the course from start to finish, or you can navigate to specific chapters on your interactive course dashboard. Our lessons are taught in a simplified and engaging teaching style, which helps you quickly move through the course and take away important musical terms and concepts. The lessons also come with interactive self-assessments to help you check your understanding of the material and get comfortable answering the types of questions you'll be asked on the NES Music exam. If you have any questions, you'll be able to submit them to our instructors online. The course also includes a final assessment to help you see if you're ready to take the exam.
The official NES website offers an online registration process. Online registration for the NES Music exam requires selecting an upcoming test date, locating a nearby testing center, paying an exam fee, and agreeing to all NES testing rules/policies. You can expect to receive an exam score report a few weeks after your test date.
National Evaluation Series (NES) Program is a registered trademark of Pearson Education Inc., which is not affiliated with Study.com.
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