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Piano Proficiency

Bachelor of Arts in  Music Piano Proficiency

NASM requirements dictate that all music majors must acquire keyboard competency. Therefore music majors are required to pass the Piano Proficiency before graduation. The piano proficiency will be offered each semester during jury week.

Students are strongly advised to enroll in class or studio piano as a Music Elective until the proficiency is passed.

The following represent the requirements for the BA Music Piano Proficiency:

  • All major and minor scales, 2 octaves, hands together at metronome marking of quarter note = 76
  • All major and minor scales, 2 octaves, hands together at metronome marking of quarter note = 76
  • Primary chord progressions in all keys (I/i IV/iv V I/i)
  • Prepared piece from the Piano Proficiency repertoire list or equivalent, as determined by a member of the piano faculty

Bachelor of Science in Music Education Piano Proficiency

NASM requirements dictate that all music majors must acquire keyboard competency. Therefore music majors are required to pass the Piano Proficiency prior to Clinical Experience. The piano proficiency will be offered each semester during jury week.

Students may enroll in class or studio piano as a Music Elective until the proficiency is passed.

The following represent the requirements for the Piano Proficiency for the BS in Music Education:

  • Major Scales: Students will play all of the major scales, two octaves, hands together in parallel motion, performed at a metronome marking of quarter note = 63, two notes per beat.
  • Minor Scales: Students will play all of the minor scales, two octaves, hands together in parallel motion performed at a metronome marking of quarter note = 63, two notes per beat.
  • Cadences: Students will play the I, IV6/4, I, V6/5, I cadence in all of the major and minor keys.
  • Harmonization: Students will harmonize a symbol-free melody at sight, using at least the primary chords.
  • Patriotic Songs: Students will play the following patriotic songs from memory: Star Spangled Banner in the keys of Bb and Ab, America the Beautiful in the keys of C and Bb, and America in the keys of F and Eb.