Piano Proficiency Examination

All entering undergraduate voice primary students must pass the Piano Proficiency Test and must continue to enroll for piano secondary study each semester until this requirement is met. The test is given during Orientation Week, prior to the start of the fall term, and at the end of each semester.

If you plan on taking the piano proficiency examination during Orientation Week, you should prepare the following before arriving on campus:

1. Three works of piano repertoire - one baroque piece, one classical or romantic piece and one contemporary piece;

2. All major and minor scales (natural, harmonic and melodic), two octaves, hands alone or together;

3. The "Star-Spangled Banner" in A-flat Major, "America" in F Major, and "America the Beautiful" in C Major; (please bring your own scores);

4. Harmonizing melodies using the I, IV, and V7 chords with appropriate accompaniment patterns;

5. Transposing melodies using the I, IV, and V7 chords with appropriate accompaniment patterns no more than a step up and down.

The exam takes about thirty minutes.  Students will be asked to play repertoire, harmonize and transpose melodies and read a four-part vocal score.  You will also be asked to play the three patriotic songs mentioned above.  The exact exam requirements are also listed in the current Academic Catalog.

Students who pass the examination may elect to study privately for an additional fee. Students who do not pass will be placed in an appropriate secondary piano class.

For further information, please contact:

James Goldsworthy
Piano and Voice Department