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  • Piano Proficiency Test Requirements

    The Piano Proficiency Test is administered during finals week each semester. Check with your advisor for the specific requirements of each degree, including information on when the test must be passed in relationship to student teaching, internships, and graduation.

    Piano Proficiency requirements for degrees in Music Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Music Minor are as follows:

    • Music Education – Vocal a, b, c, d, e, f, g
    • Music Education – Instrumental a, b, c, d, e, f, g
    • Bachelor of Arts* b, c, f
    • Music Minor* b, c, f

     

    *This exam is only required of BA and Music Minor students who would like to study piano at the 255A level.

    a. Sight Reading: an accompaniment from a school music book and a piece of the same difficulty as an Adult Level II piano book; sample pieces may be found in the piano proficiency practice packet, available in the Bookstore.
      
    b. Scales: two octaves, hands together, all major and harmonic minor scales (100 = quarter note)

    c. Hands together chord progressions: I-IV-I-V7-I in all keys, major and minor; the sequence must be played using inversions, proper voice leading, and correct fingering

    d. Harmonization: at sight, a given melody, using I, IV and V7; two examples will be selected at random; sample materials may be found in the Piano Proficiency Practice Packet, available in the Bookstore.

    e. Transposition: up or down a whole step, at sight, the same two melodies that were used in the examples in letter d. above, with simple LH accompaniment (using I, IV, and V7); sample materials may be found in the Piano Proficiency Practice Packet, available in the Bookstore.

    f. Performing: a piano piece from memory, comparable to the Music Teachers Association Level III; sample materials may be found in the Piano Proficiency Practice Packet, available in the Bookstore.
      
    g. Accompanying: play accompaniments, vocal or instrumental, at Student Recitals, Master Classes, Techniques Classes Exams, or Juries; vocal education majors must play two accompaniments; instrumental education majors must play one accompaniment (the supervising faculty member will determine approval through a prepared form to be submitted by the student at the time of the Piano Proficiency Test)

      

    Music Education Majors: Frequently Asked Questions

    What is expected of Music Education majors for Piano Proficiency?

    Music Education majors are expected to demonstrate mastery of each Piano Proficiency skill. For students in Mus 150C, mastery is defined as receiving a course grade of 90% or higher on a skill.

    Music 150C students (Mus Ed majors) who earn a course grade of 90% or higher on a skill(s) DO NOT HAVE TO TEST AGAIN ON THAT SKILL(S) when they take the Piano Proficiency test. Mus 150C students who earn a course grade of 90% or higher on EVERY SKILL (a-f) will be exempt from taking the Piano Proficiency test. In all cases, the student will retain documentation of her/his Mus 150C skills test (a – f as listed above). Students must complete their letter g requirement as described above.

    All Music Education students should keep Mus 150C skills test documents in their SPA Portfolio for documentation and review by music faculty committees.

    What if I don’t demonstrate mastery on all of the skills?

    If a Music Education major in Mus 150C does not achieve a grade of 90% or higher on a skill(s), she/he must re-test on that skill(s) before a Piano Proficiency Committee in the following semester. For example, a Mus 150C student who earns less than 90% on skills a, b, f in the fall semester, 2019, must test on skills a, b, f at the end of the spring semester, 2020. A Mus 150C student who earns less than 90% on skills a, b, f in the spring semester, 2020, must test on skills a, b, f at the end of the fall semester, 2020.

    If more time lapses, the student is required to take the entire Piano Proficiency test (not just the skill(s) that were weak) before a faculty committee in a subsequent semester. The other option for a student in this case is to re-enroll in Mus 150C, reviewing all piano proficiency skills and demonstrating mastery (grade of 90% or higher) on each skill. Students may earn credit for retaking Mus 150C as this course is repeatable for credit.

    May I prepare for the Piano Proficiency test on my own, without taking Mus 150C?

    Students who choose to prepare for the Piano Proficiency test without taking Mus 150C are required to test before a faculty committee in all skill areas at one time, demonstrating mastery (comparable to a grade of 90%, or A-) in each skill. Testing is conducted at the end of each semester. If a student takes the test and does not pass a skill(s), he/she must re-test on that skill(s) in the following semester. If the student fails to re-test in the following semester, or does not demonstrate skill mastery on the second attempt, the student is required to take the entire Piano Proficiency test in a subsequent semester. The other option for a student in this case is to re-enroll in Mus 150C, reviewing all piano proficiency skills and demonstrating mastery (grade of 90% or higher) on each skill. Students may earn credit for retaking Mus 150C as this course is repeatable for credit.

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