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Piano Proficiency Information

Undergraduate music major students who wish to be exempt from taking the required Group Piano course sequence must pass the Piano Proficiency Exit Exam normally administered at the end of Group Piano IV.  The following is a list of piano proficiency requirements found on the Piano Proficiency Exam.

Piano Proficiency Requirements

Text:  Alfred's Group Piano for Adults by Lancaster & Renfrow.

  • Technique
    • Major and minor scales (two octaves, hands together) at a moderate tempo with proper fingerings.
    • Major and minor arpeggios (two octaves, hands together) at a moderate tempo with correct fingerings.
    • Dominant and diminished 7th arpeggios (two octaves, hands together).
  • Chord Patterns
    • Modulation to the dominant in three keys.
    • Modulation to the relative minor in three keys.
    • Ascending and descending scale harmonization in three keys.
  • Harmonization
    • Harmonize a melody using chord symbols and traditional harmony (example Passing By, Lancaster text).
    • Harmonize a melody of student's choice.
  • Sight-Reading
    • Sight-read moderately standard piano accompaniments from current state adopted public school textbooks.
    • Sight-read a vocal or instrumental accompaniment (example March in G, Lancaster text).
    • Sight-read ay pair of parts from an SATB open score.  Also open score for string quartet or simple band or orchestra score>
  • Transposition
    • Transpose within and including the interval of a minor third up or down at sight (example Etude, Lancaster text).
  • Repertoire
    • Play an approved prepared accompaniment of a composition from your applied instrument.  Voice Majors will play an approved art song.
    • Play two short, intermediate level solos by memory at the level of Minuet by Bach or Sonatina in C, Op. 36, No 1, by Clementi (both found in Lancaster text).
  • Play by Ear
    • Play a folk song melody with accompaniment by ear.  The examiner will choose a selection from a list and designate a commonly used key.