Piano Proficiency Policy
Approved 3-15-90: Amended 11-12-91
All music majors and transfer students on all degree programs will be required to take the Piano Proficiency examination prior to admission to the program. Those students who do not pass the Piano Proficiency at that time will be placed in Functional Piano I, II, III, or IV as determined by their performance on the examination.
All music majors on all degree programs are expected to pass the Piano Proficiency examination prior to the Sophomore Review.
Transfer students will be granted up to four semesters in which to pass the examination. However, transfer music education majors must pass the Piano Proficiency to be eligible to student teach. B.A. students who do not pass the Piano Proficiency may not elect 300-level applied music; B.M.E. students who do not pass the Piano Proficiency are not allowed to register for Block III courses, and B.M. students who do not pass the Proficiency may not give the Junior Recital. Music majors will be allowed to take the Piano Proficiency examination at any time prior to the Sophomore Review.
Should a student not pass the examination, a second examination may be scheduled at the discretion of the music faculty. Should a student not pass the second examination, third and subsequent examinations may be scheduled after a full semester has elapsed between examinations. The Piano Proficiency examination may be administered at any time at the mutual convenience of the keyboard faculty and the student. Determination of piano proficiency will be made by the keyboard faculty.
PIANO PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS
SCALES: Major (two octaves) with hands together; in eighth notes. mm = 80 Minor (harmonic form only) with separate hands; in eighth notes. mm =80, up to four flats and sharps
PROGRESSIONS: Major and minor forms in all keys as follows: I, IV, ii, V7, I and letter equivalents. Format: Three notes in the RH, bass line in the LH or 3-note chords in LH (as in "chording" requirement).
COMPOSITIONS: One approved selection chosen by the student. Also, "The Star Spangled Banner" and "America."
CHORDING: One simple melody to be harmonized at sight. Format: Either (A) melody in the RH, three-note chords - root position and/or inversions - in the LH, or (B) chords in the RH, bass root in the LH (students should also be prepared to harmonize a major scale up to four sharps or flats).
OPEN SCORE: One selection chosen by the faculty. Students will be expected to perform a minimum combination of any two voices from an SATB texture.
TRANSPOSITION: Students will be expected to play and transpose up or down one whole tone the following songs: “Happy Birthday”, “Home on the Range”, and “On Top of Old Smokey.”
SIGHT READING: One section chosen by the faculty. Expected competency level: Bastien, Piano Literature,
Level I, easier selections.