Requirements for Majors and Minors

  • Music majors and music minors are offered four semesters of reduced-fee lessons in piano for proficiency in order to develop basic keyboard skills, which are indispensable to the study of music.
  • Students are encouraged to begin the four-semester sequence as early as possible, typically upon their enrollment in Theory II.
  • Registration begins the first day of classes.
  • Registration for Fall 2020 is done through the online registration form
  • At the end of each semester, students will be tested on their progress, and a passing grade on the final semester’s exam is required for all students graduating with a major or minor in music.
  • Review the list of Piano for Proficiency Exam requirements for First Semester Exam, Second Semester Exam, Third Semester Exam, Final Semester Exam, including an Exam Summary.
  • This final exam, shown as Music 99, is a requirement for graduates with a major or minor in music.

First Semester Piano for Proficiency Exam Requirements

Item Details
SCHEDULE
  • End of 1st semester of Piano for Proficiency, normally on Study Days
  • Sign-up sheets outside of M201 one week prior.
  • Exams are held in M227.
SCALES

C Major/a minor, G Major/ e minor, D Major/ b minor—all forms of minor scales: Melodic, Harmonic and Natural

  • 2 Octaves, Hands Together, Ascending and Descending
  • Minimum tempo: quarter note = 76, played in quarter notes
TRIADS

In the keys above. For minor keys, use the harmonic form

  • Root Position and Inversions of the Primary Chords
  • 1 Octave, Ascending and Descending, LH and RH separately
  • Solid and Broken, LH and RH separately
SIGHT READING
  • Equivalent to Book 3 Boris Berlin
REPERTOIRE
  • 3 pieces, 2 pieces of which must be contrasting in style
AT THE EXAM
  • 3 Major and 3 minor scales;
  • 6 Sets of Triads and Inversions (3 Major/3 minor)
  • 3 sight reading examples
  • 3 prepared pieces, memorization not required
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Scales and Triads tested at the end of a semester will not be tested in future semesters’ exams.
  • At the exam, you will be allowed ONE “do over” for each example asked (scales, triads, progression, sight reading). 3rd or 4th “tries” will not be allowed.
  • The grading format on this exam will be point based, not Pass/Fail.
  • A minimum of 75% of the total points is needed to pass the 1st semester. If student does not pass, he/she can retake this exam in the middle of the 2nd semester of study. However, if the student also fails the 2nd semester exam, he/she cannot continue receiving lessons.

Second Semester Piano for Proficiency Exam Requirements

Item Details
SCHEDULE
  • End of 2nd semester of Piano for Proficiency, normally on Study Days
  • Sign-up sheets outside of M201 one week prior.
  • Exams are held in M227.
SCALES

F Major/ d minor, AbMajor/ f minor, E Major/ c# minor; all forms of minor scales: Melodic, Harmonic and Natural

  • 2 Octaves, Hands Together, Ascending and Descending
  • Minimum tempo: quarter note = 76, played in quarter notes
TRIADS

In the keys above. For minor keys, use the harmonic form

  • Root Position and Inversions of the Primary Chords
  • 1 Octave, Ascending and Descending
  • Solid and Broken, LH and RH separately
SIGHT READING
  • Equivalent to Book 4 Boris Berlin
REPERTOIRE
  • 3 pieces, 2 pieces of which must be contrasting in style
AT THE EXAM
  • 3 Major and 3 minor scales;
  • 6 Sets of Triads and Inversions (3 Major/3 minor)
  • 3 sight reading examples
  • 3 prepared pieces, memorization not required
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Scales and Triads tested at the end of a semester will not be tested in future semesters’ exams.
  • At the exam, you will be allowed ONE “do over” for each example asked (scales, triads, progression, sight reading). 3rd or 4th “tries” will not be allowed.
  • The grading format on this exam will be point based, not Pass/Fail.
  • A minimum of 70% of the total points is needed to pass the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester.

Third Semester Piano for Proficiency Exam Requirements

Item Details
SCHEDULE
  • End of 3rd semester of Piano for Proficiency, normally on Study Days
  • Sign-up sheets outside of M201 one week prior.
  • Exams are held in M227.
SCALES

Bb Major/ f minor, Eb Major/ c minor, A Major/ f# minor; all forms of minor scales: Melodic, Harmonic and Natural

  • 2 Octaves, Hands Together, Ascending and Descending
  • Minimum tempo: quarter note = 76, played in quarter notes
TRIADS

In the keys above. For minor keys, use the harmonic form

  • Root Position and Inversions of the Primary Chords
  • 1 Octave, Ascending and Descending, LH and RH separately
  • Solid and Broken, LH and RH separately
SIGHT READING
  • Equivalent to Book 5 Boris Berlin
REPERTOIRE
  • 3 pieces, 2 pieces of which must be contrasting in style
AT THE EXAM
  • 6 Sets of Triads and Inversions (3 Major/3 minor)
  • 4 Sets of Triads and Inversions (2 Major/2 minor)
  • 3 sight reading examples
  • 3 prepared pieces, memorization not required
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Scales and Triads and Chord Progressions tested at the end of a semester will not be tested in future semesters’ exams.
  • At the exam, you will be allowed ONE “do over” for each example asked (scales, triads, progression, sight reading). 3rd or 4th “tries” will not be allowed.
  • The grading format on this exam will be point based, not Pass/Fail.
  • A minimum of 70% of the total points is needed to pass the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester.

Final Piano for Proficiency Exam Requirements

Item Details
SCHEDULE
  • End of 4th semester of Piano for Proficiency, normally on Study Days
  • Sign-up sheets outside of M201 one week prior.
  • Exams are held in M227.
SCALES

Db Major/ bb minor, Gb Major/ eb minor, B Major/ g# minor; all form of minor scales: Melodic, Harmonic and Natural

  • 2 Octaves, Hands Together, Ascending and Descending
  • Minimum tempo: quarter note = 76, played in quarter notes
TRIADS

In the keys above. For minor keys, use the harmonic form

  • Root Position and Inversions of the Primary Chords
  • 1 Octave, Ascending and Descending, LH and RH separately
  • Solid and Broken, LH and RH separately
SIGHT READING
  • Equivalent to Book 6 Boris Berlin
REPERTOIRE
  • 3 pieces, 2 pieces of which must be contrasting in style
AT THE EXAM
  • 3 Major and 3 minor scales
  • 6 Sets of Triads and Inversions (3 Major/3 minor)
  • 3 sight reading examples
  • 3 prepared pieces, memorization not required
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • At the exam, you will be allowed ONE “do over” for each example asked (scales, triads, progression, sight reading). 3rd or 4th “tries” will not be allowed.
  • The grading format on this exam will be point based, not Pass/Fail.
  • A minimum of 70% of the total points is needed to pass the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semester.

Piano for Proficiency Exam Summary

Item Details
SCALES
  • Fluency of all Major and Minor keys (in all three forms: natural, harmonic and melodic)
  • 2 octaves, hands together, ascending and descending
  • Minimum tempo: quarter note = 76, played in quarter notes
TRIADS
  • Fluency of all Major and Minor keys (harmonic minor) Root position and inversions of the Primary Chords I, IV, V
  • 1 octave, ascending and descending, LH and RH separately
  • Solid and broken (in triplets)
SIGHT READING
  • Equivalent to Book 6 Boris Berlin
  • 3 Contrasting styles similar to: examples in parentheses: Chorale (p.13, 33, 50); imitation (p.20, 29); RH melody and LH accompanying (p.36, 53); 6/8 meter (p.24); Chordal LH (p.37, 52)
REPERTOIRE
  • 3 Pieces, 2 of which are contrasting in style, memorization not required
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Students wishing to complete the program in fewer than 4 semesters must obtain permission from their piano instructor and program coordinator Lauri Sager Wright.
  • At the exam, you will be allowed ONE “do over” for each example asked (scales, triads, progression, sight reading). 3rd or 4th “tries” will not be allowed.
  • The grading format on this exam will be point based, not Pass/Fail.
  • A minimum of 75% of the total points is needed to pass the 1st semester. A minimum of 70% of the total points is needed to pass the 2nd, 3rd and 4th semesters.
  • Please direct any further questions to Lauri Sager Wright