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Piano Proficiency Exam

Piano Proficiency Exam

All music majors are expected to demonstrate functional piano proficiency. The Piano Proficiency Exam is designed to assess that proficiency, and must be passed before graduation. The exam is givenat the end of each semester and should be arranged with Prof. Parker.

Students may take MU 021, 041, 042, and 043 to help prepare them for the exam (Jazz Studies concentrators take MU 024 and 025 in lieu of MU 042 and 043). A placement test will be given at the first class meeting to assess each student's correct place in the sequence of piano classes.

The exam is made up primarily of prepared material. Scales, a repertoire piece, "The Star Spangled Banner" (Jazz Studies students play "Ornithology"), "Happy Birthday", and harmonization styles may be prepared far in advance. Two four-voice pieces in chordal texture may be prepared a day in advance. A harmonization of a melody, a transposition exercise, and sight-reading of a simple piano score are done without preparation.

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