Piano Proficiency Requirements
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
INFORMATION SHEET: PIANO PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
1. All non-keyboard music majors and minors must take and pass the Piano Proficiency Examination. Organ and piano majors and minors are exempt from taking the Piano Proficiency Examination since examination material will be covered during the course of applied-lesson instruction.
2. Non-keyboard majors and minors will prepare for the Piano Proficiency Examination by enrolling for a minimum of one (1) half-hour private piano lesson each week each semester until the examination is passed. These lessons may be taken for credit or non credit. Those with advanced keyboard skills may take the Piano Proficiency Examination at the beginning of Freshman Year to be exempt.
3. Piano Proficiency Examinations are scheduled to take place each semester; the friday before final examination week. The student should arrange for taking the examination in consultation with his/her applied piano teacher. The first time the examination is taken, the student will be required to take the entire examination. Any portion(s) of the examination not passed may be re-taken no earlier than during the following semester.
4. The content of the Piano Proficiency Examination will include technical, performance, sight-reading, ad improvisation skills. Students will be evaluated on each area. Students will receive a score for each area; a passing score is 80%.
5. Students are expected to take the Piano Proficiency Examination before the end of the second semester of their freshman year. Students will not be allowed to register for upper-division classes (with the exception of n ensembles) or upperdivision applied lessons until the Piano Proficiency Examinations has been taken.
6. Written verification of successfully passing the Piano Proficiency Examination will be placed in the student’s file in the Department of Music Office.
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
PREPARATION CHECKLIST FOR
PIANO PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
All students will be responsible for the following:
1. All major and minor scales (harmonic) and arpeggios in all keys: 2 octaves, hands together, played in eighth-notes, with a minimum tempo of quarter note equals 60.
2. Harmonic progressions (I IV I V7 I plus inversions) in all major and minor keys: hands together, played in quarter notes with a minimum tempo of quarter notes equals 60.
3. Harmonization of single-line melodies in both major and minor keys. Demonstration of familiarity with various accompaniment styles.
4. Performance of 2 memorized pieces of contrasting styles. Level of difficulty should be similar to works found in Piano for the Developing Musician (Hilley and Olson) or Music for Millions, volumes 17 and 27.
5. Sight-reading of pieces in appropriate style and tempo.
6. Hymn playing: students will be expected to sight-read hymns from the New Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal of an easy to intermediate level. NOTE: Students are strongly advised to purchase The FJH Classic Scale Book (Victoria McArthur and Edwin McLean, ISBN: 1-56939-031-2) for materials covered in numbers 1through 3 above. Piano Proficiency Examination is scheduled to take place each semester; the friday before final examination week. The student should arrange for taking the examination in consultation with his/her applied piano teacher. The first time the examination is taken, the student will be required to take the entire examination. Any portion(s) of the examination not passed may be re-taken no earlier than during the following semester. Students will not be allowed to register for upper division classes (with the exception of ensembles) or upper-division applied lessons until the Piano Proficiency Examination has been taken.