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Class Piano

Proficiency Exams

Proficiency in Keyboard skills is usually acquired in the four-semester series of Class Piano (MUKB 110, 120, 210, and 220).

To receive credit for Class Piano, students must register for, take, and pass each class. Students who are enrolled in Class Piano will be prepared to meet the proficiency requirement throughout the course of study. However, students who have some background in piano may want to take a proficiency exam to receive credit for Class Piano in lieu of regular enrollment. The exam includes the skills listed above. Detailed information about the proficiency exam for each level can be found links below. If you have any questions regarding the exam, please contact Dr. Jung.

Click a course below to find out all materials for each proficiency exam.

Study Textbook: Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, Book I

Technique (2 octaves, hands together at a steady tempo)
You should be able to play scales and arpeggios in all the following major keys.

  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G, Dᵇ, Eᵇ, Gᵇ, Aᵇ, and Bᵇ major

Chord progression  
You should be able to play the chord progression below in all major keys.

  • I-IV6/4-I-V6/5-I in all major keys (p. 170)

Sight-reading

  • You will be asked to play 1 random piece (8-measures) selected by the instructor at sight (For example. pp. 174-175)

Harmonization

  • You will be asked to harmonize a piece selected by the instructor at sight (For example, pp. 178-179 with block chord accompaniment)

Transposition

  • You will be asked to transpose those harmonization pieces in a different key.

Improvisation

  • You will be expected to improvise an 8-measure single-note melody for the following chord progression with your choice of accompaniment
    4/4 (A major):  I | V6/5 | V6/5 | I |  I | IV6/4 | V6/5 |  I

Performance

  • Prepare to perform 2 pieces (select from p. 129, p. 151, p. 160, pp. 172-173, p. 328, p. 329, and p. 331)

Study Textbook: Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, Book I

Technique (2 octaves, hands together at a steady tempo)
You will be asked to play scales and arpeggios in the following major and harmonic minor keys.

  • A, B, E, F, Dᵇ, Eᵇ, Gᵇ, Aᵇ, and Bᵇ major and harmonic minor

Chord progression (hands together)
You will be asked to play each chord progression in 1 major key and 1 harmonic minor key.

  • I-IV6/4–I-V6/5 -I in all major & harmonic minor keys (p. 210)
  • I-ii6-I6/4 -V7-I in all major & harmonic minor keys (p. 242)

Sight-reading

  • You will be asked to play 1 random piece (8-measures) selected by the instructor at sight (For example. pp. 256-257)

Two-hand accompaniment

  • Create two-hand accompaniment. You will be asked to play one piece selected from those on pp. 244-245 (nos. 3 & 4), p. 268 and p. 294 (nos. 3 & 4). Prepare all 3 pieces.

Harmonization

  • You will be asked to harmonize a piece selected by the instructor at sight (For example, pp. 248-249 with broken chord accompaniment)

Transposition

  • You will be asked to transpose the above harmonization piece down a half step and up a whole step

Improvisation

  • You will be expected to improvise an 8-measure single-note melody for the following chord progression with your choice of accompaniment (except block chord accompaniment)

                     4/4 (D harmonic minor): i | VI | iv |  iiᵒ6 | i6/4 | V7 |  V7 |  i
Performance

  • Prepare to play 1 piece selected from pp. 276-277, p. 317, p. 334, or p. 335
  • Perform one other solo piece of your choice

Study Textbook: Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, Book II

Technique (2 octaves, hands together at a steady tempo)
You will be asked to play scales and arpeggios.

  • All major and harmonic minor scales
  • All major and harmonic minor arpeggios

Chord progression
You will be asked to play the following chord progression.

  • I-ii6-I6/4 -V7-I in all major & harmonic minor keys (p. 82)

Sight-reading

  • You will be asked to play 1 random piece (8-measures) selected by the instructor at sight (For example: pp. 176-177)
  • You will also be asked to play open vocal score reading (For example: p. 132)

Harmonization

  • You will be asked to harmonize a piece selected by the instructor at sight (For example, p. 166 with broken chord accompaniment)

Transposition

  • You will be asked to transpose the above harmonization piece up a half step and down a whole step

Improvisation

  • You will be expected to improvise an 8-measure single-note melody for the following chord progression with your choice of accompaniment

                     3/4 (Eᵇ major): I | IV6/4 | I |  V6/5/vi | vi | ii6/4 | V7 | I
Performance

  • Prepare to play 1 piece selected from p. 108, p. 121, p. 137, pp. 162-163, p. 346, pp. 348-349, pp. 356-357
  • Perform one other solo piece of your choice

Study Textbook: Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, Book II

Technique (2 octaves, hands together at a steady tempo) quarter note = 100
You will be asked to play scales and arpeggios.

  • All major and harmonic minor scales
  • All major and harmonic minor arpeggios

Sight-reading

  • Choral (hymn) style reading: play at a steady tempo
  • Play 1 random piece (8-measures) selected by the instructor at sight (For example. pp. 234-235)

Harmonization

  • You will be asked to harmonize a piece selected by the instructor at sight (For example, pp. 236 with broken chord accompaniment)

Transposition

  • You will be asked to transpose the above harmonization piece in the suggested keys.

Improvisation

  • You will be expected to improvise an 8-measure single-note melody for the following chord progression with your choice of accompaniment (except block chord accompaniment)
    6/8 (F major): F  C7/E |  F |  Dᵇ(Gr6) |  C7 | F  C7/E |  F |  Dᵇ(Gr6)  C7 |  F

Transposing Instrument

  • You will be asked to transpose a melody for Bᵇ, F or E instrument to concert pitch

Accompaniment

  • Select 1 piece from your major instrument, then play the piano accompaniment part

Performance

  • Prepare to perform 1 piece selected from pp. 275-277, pp. 306-307, pp. 335-337, pp.  350-353, pp. 354-355, pp. 356-357, pp. 358-360, p. 363
  • Prepare to perform one other solo piece of your choice.

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