Program Overview

Music Theory and Ear Training Boot Camp, taught by Mason Gross faculty member Dr. Timothy Urban will  help prepare you for college placement exams

Music Theory & Ear Training Boot camp schedule

Semester Dates: July 29–August 9, 2019
Day & Time: Monday through Friday, 11a.m. –2 p.m. 
Location: Mason Gross School of the Arts Performing Arts Complex, Marryott Music Building, room 109.  85 George St., New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Registration deadline: June 25, 2019
Health forms are due: June 25, 2019 
Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis following the close of registration.


    • $500 – music theory and ear training
    • $275 – music theory (11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) or ear training (12:30 – 2 p.m.) one or the other, not both.
    • Early-bird discount – 15 percent off tuition through April 15


This course covers the foundational concepts of written music theory and ear training. Written theory material includes major and minor key signatures and scales, relative keys, major, minor, diminished, and augmented intervals and triads, as well as simple and compound time signatures and rhythmic patterns. Ear Training material includes solfege, sight-singing, as well as rhythmic, melodic and harmonic dictation.


Dr. Timothy Urban


Who should take this course?
Music Theory and Ear Training Boot Camp is ideal for pre-college students (age 14 -17) and adults preparing for college-level theory and aural skills courses.  

Are there any prerequisites for this class?
As this class is intended for those who plan to continue their musical studies in college, students should have at least an intermediate level of proficiency on their instrument, knowledge of note names in at least one clef and the ability to recognize whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes.

Will I pass the Mason Gross Music Department’s placement examinations if I take this class?

There is no guarantee, but you will be much better prepared for the music theory and ear training placement examinations with this course.  

Is this curriculum unique to Mason Gross? How does it compare to requirements of other well-regarded music departments?

All colleges and universities in the US offering a bachelor of music degree have a core curriculum of music theory and aural skills. This class provides a solid foundation in both areas. While there is general consistency in the content of all collegiate music theory programs, there is considerable variation in aural skills content among universities. The material covered and its presentation in this course may not be consistent with what and how the material is taught at other institutions.

Do I receive college credit for completing the Music Theory and Ear Training Boot Camp? 

No, this is a non-credited offering.

How much time should I spend practicing or preparing for each class of the camp? 

You should plan to spend at least an hour per day outside of class reviewing the day’s material and preparing for the next day’s class. 

Are payment plans available?

Yes, but note that participants must pay in full before the start of this course.

Is financial aid available?

No. However, the Rutgers Federal Credit Union has financing options available for continuing education, including year-round Extension Division offerings and summer programs. If financing or cost is an issue, we urge you to fill out the Rutgers Federal Credit Union Continuing Education Loan application. Click here for more information.

What is your absence/makeup policy?

Students must commit to attending each class. All Extension Division policies are in effect (see our policies online for more information). Makeup classes are not offered for student absences – whether they are planned or unplanned.  Instructor absences will be covered by a substitute, or made during the week following the planned conclusion of the Music Theory and Ear Training Boot Camp.

Where are classes held?

Classes are held on the Mason Gross campus. Our specific classroom has not yet been determined.  Directions on how to get the campus and information about parking can be found here

How can I obtain more information about this course? 

Email the Extension Division,, or call 848-932-1500.


      1.   Register online here.
        • You will be prompted to create an account in our online registration system.  We do not offer over-the-phone, mail-in, or in-person registration options.
        • Select ‘commuter’ from the list of available options.
        • Locate the Music Theory & Ear Training Bootcamp from the list of available options.
        • Follow prompts as directed in the registration system.
      • Registration deadlines are listed below on this webpage.
      1.   Payment
        • The 15 percent early-bird tuition discount will be automatically added to each session for which you register prior to April 15, 2019.
        • Add any other coupons or discount codes you may have where prompted.
        • A minimum deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration for students registering for theory and ear training classes; a minimum deposit of $75 is required of students who are registering for theory or ear training classes.  
        • You may elect to pay your entire balance at the time of registration or to establish a credit-card-based payment plan (check-based payment plans are not permitted).
        • A credit-card based payment plan is required for all unpaid balances.
        • You will set up the details of your payment plan including the number of installments, and the date you each payment will be due.
      • All payment plans must be paid in full by June 22, 2019.
      1.   Financing and loans
      • The Rutgers Federal Credit Union has financing options available for continuing education and summer programs! Financing is available in the form of personal loans up to $10,000 from the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Click here for more information. Click here to apply for a loan.
      1.   Health and medical information
        • Our online registration system is HIPAA compliant. We take great care to observe federally mandated regulations regarding the handling of your protected health information.
        • During the registration process, you will be prompted to answer questions concerning your child’s health.  Most questions are answered with a simple yes or no selection, or by selecting responses from provided lists.  In some cases, you will be prompted to provide additional information or to complete a form that must be downloaded, completed by you or your medical professional, and then uploaded to your account.
        • Any health forms that you must download and then complete *must* be returned by uploading them to your account in our registration system.
        • No forms may be submitted via mail, email, or by dropping them off at our office.
      • Students who have not submitted required health forms by the health from deadline will not be allowed to participate in camps.  Please see below on this page for more information.
      1.   Health insurance
        • All students attending Rutgers University summer camps are required to be covered by a United States-based health insurance plan.
      • Students may purchase health insurance from Rutgers University Risk Management at the time of registration. Cost is $70/week. Please email Ms. Dana Wilson ( to inform her if you plan to purchase health insurance.
      1.   Read our summer camp policies.
      • Your completion of registration indicates your acknowledgment and agreement to abide by these policies.
      •   Questions? Contact the Extension Division with questions regarding the application procedure and administrative matters.
      • Contact our summer camp administration with questions regarding curriculum,  camp experience, and related matters.