Piano Proficiency Exam Guide for Music Majors

Please use the below PDF examples to prepare for the piano proficiency exam.

Technique

Alfred II

  • All major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, two octaves, parallel, with correct fingering in a steady tempo. (pgs. 390-391)
  • All major and minor arpeggios, hands together, two octaves, parallel, with correct fingering in a steady tempo. (pgs. 390-391)
  • All major and minor triad inversions, hands separately with correct fingering. (pg. 26)
  • Chord progressions in all major and minor keys with both hands playing three-note triads, hands together, memorized.
    • pg. 53, I-IV6/4-I-V6/5-I
    • pg. 55, i-iv6/4-i-V6/5-i

Sing and Play

Alfred II, pgs. 74, 112, 155, 238

  • Sing the melody on “la” or solfege or sing the words.
  • Play an accompaniment throughout based on the pattern at the beginning of the song or compose your own accompaniment.
  • Use appropriate harmonies based on the chord symbols and use a variety of chord inversions.
  • Accompaniment must match the character of the song.
  • You may use one of these excerpts or another excerpt of equal or greater difficulty.

Harmonization

Alfred II, pgs. 263, 201, 300, 310

  • Play the melody with the right hand.
  • Add an accompaniment pattern with the left hand.
  • Choose appropriate harmonies based on the pop symbols or Roman numerals.
  • You may use one of these excerpts or another excerpt of equal or greater difficulty.

Sight Reading/Transposition

Alfred II, pgs. 188, 200, 223, 299, 309

  • Read a given excerpt at sight. Excerpts will be similar in difficulty to those listed above.
  • You may count out loud while you play.
  • Transpose the same excerpt up to a third above or below the original key.
  • Given excerpts may be in minor or major keys.

Repertoire

Alfred II, pgs. 275-277, 288, 298, 306-307, 335-337, 354-355 

  • Prepare one solo piece of equal or greater difficulty compared to those listed above.
  • Perform with accurate notes, rhythms, dynamics, and articulations.
  • You may use the score in the exam; it is not necessary to play repertoire piece from memory.

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