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Proficiency Exams

Students with prior knowledge of a subject may take a proficiency exam in lieu of taking a course. Proficiency exams are available in Class Piano and Music Theory.

To take a proficiency exam, you should:

  • Go to the registrar’s office to obtain the proficiency form and pay the fee.
  • Schedule a time to take the proficiency exam. (See below for further info.)

Your grade on the exam will become your grade for the course. After the exam has been taken, the instructor will submit a change of grade form to the registrar’s office.

Class Piano 

Proficiency in keyboard skills is usually acquired in the four-semester series of Class Piano (MUKB 110, 120, 210, 220).  This is the preferred option for most students. 

However, students who have some background in piano (e.g., those that have taken piano lessons), may want to take a proficiency exam to receive credit for Class Piano in lieu of regular enrollment. Students must register for, take, and pass a separate exam for each semester of Class Piano.

For more information on the contents of the exams, CLICK HERE.

Music Theory

To receive credit for Music Theory (in lieu of regular enrollment), students must register for, take, and pass a separate exam for each semester of Theory (100, 110, 120, 210, 220). These tests are similar to final exams in the course. Each exam will take approximately 1.5-2 hours.  Please talk to the Chair of the Theory Area to schedule a time to take the tests.

For more information on the contents of the exams, CLICK HERE.


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