Piano Proficiency Examination
All Music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam. Unless they demonstrate sufficient proficiency, students should enroll in Piano Class or MUS 177 (Applied piano) to develop the skills to pass the exam. The exam may be taken no more than a total of four times, and students must demonstrate a minimum of proficiency in EACH category to pass.
Most students take this exam at the end of the sophomore year, as a part of Sophomore Review.
60% the exam (three categories) must be passed before acceptance into the professional program.
ALL of the exam must be passed before placement in a student teaching assignment.
The piano proficiency exam consists of the following
1. All major and minor scales (harmonic form) through four sharps/flats two octaves, two hands together.
2. Playing three intermediate level pieces, induding a chorale and a memorized piece. (It is advisable that you have your MUS 350/351 instructor or Dr. Laurent approve your choice of selections.)
3. Harmonizing a simple melody.
4. Transposing the same melody up or down a major/minor second.
5. Sight-reading a simple piano piece and an accompaniment.
A notebook is available in MERC and from Dr. Laurent that contains a representative sample of prepared pieces and sight reading excerpts. Reviewing these samples should give you an indication of the level of difficulty that is expected at the piano proficiency exam.