PurposeTo demonstrate functional keyboard skills at a level appropriate for students majoring in Music, Music Technology, or Music Education.
ProcedureAll majors must pass the Piano Proficiency Examination prior to graduation.
- If you have considerable experience in piano, you may be allowed to take the examination during your first term without enrolling for Class Piano. If you fail the exam, you must enroll in Class Piano until you pass the proficiency exam.
- If you do not have experience in piano, you must enroll in Class Piano and continue enrollment until the exam has been passed.
To take the proficiency exam, contact the MUP 125 instructor at least one week before the last day of classes to schedule a time and place for the exam. It will be approximately 15 minutes in duration and will cover examples from the areas listed below. The examination may be attempted once each semester until it is passed. Music Education majors cannot enter the TEP (Teacher Education Program) without first completing this requirement.
RequirementsYou are expected to demonstrate proficiencies in the areas of sight reading, performance, technique, and related functional skills, including transposing and improvising simple accompaniments:
- Sight-reading of song arrangements and/or simple solo piano literature such as a selected example from Chapter 5, pages 195-219 in Progressive Class Piano by Elmer Heerema.
A solo selected from the following list or from repertoire of comparable difficulty (memorization optional).
- J.S. Bach, "Little Preludes"
- Clementi, "Sonatinas"
- Schumann, "Album for the Young"
- Two patriotic songs: "America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner." Music may be used.
- All major and harmonic minor scales: Two octaves in parallel motion, hands together.
- All major and minor arpeggios: Two octaves, hands together.
- Accompaniment improvisations (see Progressive Class Piano; each chapter contains sections on harmonization and improvisation).
- Transpose a simple accompaniment or song at sight (see Progressive Class Piano, Chapter 5, pages 195-204 for examples).
- Play the progression I-IV–I 64–V7-I hands together in all major and minor keys.