All Other Music Majors Piano Proficiencies

Our proficiency requirements are designed to provide our students with the opportunity to develop keyboard skills that are practical and necessary to achieve their career goals. We also want to give opportunity for them to develop the standard basic keyboard skills required if they choose to pursue further music training at the graduate level.

Core Requirements for ALL Music Majors (except Piano Majors)

Worship Elements

  • Rhythmic keyboard accompaniment while singing melody. This may be selected and prepared by the student. (No melody on the piano accompaniment.)
  • Melody and accompaniment. This may be selected and prepared by the student. (Melody should be clearly defined in the right hand and the left hand should provide correct harmony in a simple accompaniment pattern.)

Harmonization of a Melody

  • This is done without prior preparation and without given chords. (The melody will be played in the right hand and the left hand should add correct harmony using blocked chords in a close cadence position.)

Sight-read Four Parts

  • Sight-read a piece with four part texture (i.e. a hymn, a four part worship song or a Bach chorale.)

Lead Sheet

Lead Sheet (melody and chord symbols) sight-read and transpose (m2nd or M2nd up or down).

Score Reading

  • Read two non-adjacent parts of a simple four staff choral score excerpt (chosen from a recommended list).

Scales

1. Major Scales

  • Major Scales, two octaves, hands together
  • Major Triads and inversions, blocked form, two octaves, hands separately
  • Major Arpeggios, root position, two octaves, hands separately
  • Cadence

2. Minor Scales

  • Minor Scales, natural and harmonic forms, two octaves, hands together
  • Major Triad and inversions, blocked form, two octaves, ascending and descending, hands separately
  • Major Arpeggios, root position, two octaves, hands separately
  • Cadence

Intermediate Repertoire

  • Play and intermediate piece of piano literature. May be chosen from a list of recommended repertoire collections. Memorization is optional.