The College of Arts and Architecture

Piano Proficiency Examinations

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All B.A. in Music students must pass a piano proficiency examination at some point in their undergraduate careers.  (Students for whom piano is the primary instrument are assumed to have met this requirement.)  The student must meet the following proficiencies:

1.  Be prepared to play all major and harmonic minor scales, three octaves, hands together with a consistent tempo.

2.  Given 48 hours, prepare an accompaniment for an assigned melody using I, IV, V7, V7/V, and V7/IV chords in original key and transposed to the following keys: C, D, E, F, G, A, B-flat, and E-flat. Accompaniment style in the original key must be representative of implied melodic style.  Accompaniment style for transposed keys may use blocked chords in basic hand positions, but must use good voice leading.

3.  Musically prepare two contrasting pieces of the same difficulty as the Bach Little Preludes and/or Book III of Bartok’s Mikrokosmos.

4.  Be prepared to play all major and minor white-key arpeggios, three octaves, hands together with a consistent tempo.

5.  Sight-read hymns and two-part contrapuntal musical examples comparable in difficulty to the second half of volume II of the Diller-Quaile piano method or Volume II of Mikrokosmos.

Piano proficiency exams will be offered at the end of each academic semester.  It is the student’s responsibility to register for the examination.  Students are to enroll in piano courses until such proficiency is met.