Graduate Piano Proficiency
The graduate piano placement examination is designed to assess students’ proficiency at the piano as it relates to their major field. Incoming graduate students are expected to have achieved proficiency equivalent to the undergraduate piano secondary course sequence (see current Academic Catalog under Piano). All incoming graduate students will be asked to perform one repertoire piece (memorization not required). Pieces of a sample level of difficulty include Petzold’s Minuet in G Major, Beethoven’s Ecossaise in A Major, or Kabalevsky’s Clowns. All students will also be asked to sight-read parts from an open choral score and demonstrate up to three vocal warm-ups using a right-hand scalar pattern and tonic, subdominant, or dominant harmonies in the left hand. In addition, students will be asked to demonstrate the following major-specific skills:
- Choral Conducting: Prepare a provided four-part open score.
- Composition: Prepare a provided instrumental score. Sight-read parts from an instrumental score.
- Music Education: Prepare a provided four-part open score. Demonstrate the ability to harmonize a given melody using tonic, subdominant, and dominant harmonies.
- Sacred Music: Prepare a provided hymn.
- Voice Pedagogy and/or Performance: Prepare a provided accompaniment. From a simple vocal piece, sight-read both the vocal line and the accompaniment (separately).