The Catholic University of America

PIANO PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

 

The Undergraduate Announcements state that students whose curricula require the Piano Proficiency Examination must complete the examination by the end of the junior year. A student will not be permitted to present the senior recital committee hearing until the examination is passed. 

Students whose curricula require the Piano Proficiency Examination must complete the examination by the end of the junior year. A student will not be permitted to present the senior recital committee hearing until the examination is passed.

Musical Theatre Majors

 

All scales one octave, Major, harmonic, & melodic minor

 --hands together or hands separately

--ascending and descending                                                                                          

Broken chords (major & minor) in all keys

-- including inversions  with correct fingering

--hands together or hands separately

--ascending and descending

Vocalise, in all keys (as directed by teacher)

Vocal Accompaniment (with singer)

Two Leadsheets in contrasting styles

 

Vocal Performance Majors

 

All students in vocal performance are required to take the Piano Proficiency exam at the end of second semester.  If the student does not pass the exam, the student is required to take additional piano study (group or private).  A student may choose, upon the recommendation of the teacher, to take the piano proficiency during the first semester of study.  This, however, does not waive the requirement of two semesters of study.  The following semester’s jury would then consist of representative material studied during that period.

The Piano Proficiency exams are taken during exam week.  Students must sign up for jury times the week prior.  Sign-up sheets will be posted outside the Main Office on the bulletin board.  Students are to sign up for one ten-minute slot.  Any student who is not present for the jury will not have another chance due to time limitations.  Therefore, students are advised to arrive early for their juries and to be prepared with forms and grade slips.

Students are required to fill out 3 grade sheets, 3 comment sheets, and one repertoire card.  Forms can be found in the Main Office.  It is advised that the teacher review the forms during the last lesson prior to the jury. 

Incompletes are discouraged and approved only by the Dean of the School of Music.

Class piano students will take the Piano Proficiency during the scheduled final exam.  All class piano exams will be held in the piano lab (Room 130).   A committee of three piano faculty will serve on the jury, with the class piano teacher and piano pedagogy professor as two of the required members.

 

Music Education Majors, Vocal & Instrumental

 

4 semesters, 4 juries

piano proficiency required

Jury Requirements: Technical routine directed by teacher

(scales, arpeggios, exercises, etc.)

Three pieces in contrasting styles: one must be memorized

 

Piano Proficiency Requirements:        

One patriotic song (prepared throughout the semester)

 Student should be prepared to:

1--Provide an appropriate introduction

2--Transpose one half-step and one whole-step higher, and one half-step and one-whole step low (5 keys total)

Vocal accompaniment or instrumental accompaniment (48 hours in advance)

One harmonization of a folk melody (48 hours in advance).

 Student should be prepared to:

3--Provide an appropriate introduction

4--Transpose one half-step and one whole-step higher, and one half-step and one whole-step lower (5 keys total)

One realization (48 hours in advance)

Student should be prepared to:

5--Provide an appropriate introduction

6--Transpose up one half-step higher, and one whole-step lower (3 keys total)

SATB score reading or transposing instruments (at sight)

 

For Music Education majors, the Piano Proficiency exam is administered the first week of April and at a separate time from other juries.  Most students take the exam during sophomore year so as to have another chance before student teaching.  Information regarding time, date and place will be sent to all faculty during the first week in March.  There will also be enclosed a sheet for the teacher to fill out in regards to any other technique or repertoire the student has worked on throughout the semester, i.e., scales, chords & solos pieces.  No technical routine is required for the Piano Proficiency exam since demonstration of scale proficiency will have been heard during previous juries. A committee of three faculty members will serve on the jury, with the two music education advisors and piano pedagogy advisor as the required members.    

The Piano Proficiency exam must be passed by the end of junior year in preparation for student teaching senior year.  Without passing the proficiency exams, students will not be allowed to student teach. 

 

Music History & Literature

 

With the exception of the sightreading, the student will prepare all requirements ahead of time.

 

  1. Three classical pieces in contrasting style (1 memorized)
  2. All major and minor scales (all three forms), 1 octave, hands separately
  3. All major and minor broken chords (root, 1st inversion, 2nd inversion), hands separately
  4. All church modes
  5. Sightreading (student will receive this music two days prior to taking the exam)