Piano Major Piano Proficiencies

Worship Elements

  • Same as required for other music majors.
  • Pianist should be able to demonstrate a higher level of skill and fluency in these styles. (Both Worship Elements should include a chord substitution, variety of accompaniment styles and a modulation.)

Harmonization of a Melody

  • This is done without given chords or prior preparation.
  • 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. hymn, a four part worship song or a Bach Chorale

Lead Sheet

  • Sight-read and transpose. Transposition of m2nd, M2nd, m3rd, M3rd either up or down

Score Reading

  • Sight-read two non-adjacent parts of a four staff choral score. (This is currently passed in the Piano Accompanying Class).

Scales

1. Major Scales

  • Major scales, four octaves, hands together
  • Major Triad and inversions, blocked form, ascending and descending, two octaves, hands together.
  • Major Arpeggios, root position, hands together, four octaves
  • Cadence (see Student Guide)

2. Minor scales

  • Minor scales, all forms, hands together, four octaves
  • Major Triads and inversions, blocked form, ascending and descending, two octaves, hands together
  • Minor Arpeggios, root position, hands together, four octaves
  • Cadence (see Student Guide)

Hymn Sight-Read and Transposition

  • Transposition of m2nd, M2nd, m3rd, M3rd either up or down

Core Hymns

  • Learn a core group of hymns that are standard in most church settings.
  • Student would be allowed prior preparation. (see Student Guide for required hymns)