Keyboard Proficiency

Music majors are required to pass a keyboard proficiency exam by the end of fall semester of their senior year. The department recommends that the test be taken as soon as possible after declaring the major.

Students will be expected to demonstrate the following basic keyboard skills:

  1. Play any major or minor scale (all forms) in any key, at any steady tempo (2 octaves, 2 hands, simultaneous parallel motion).
  2. Play a I-IV-V-I progression in any major or minor key, with correct voice leading, at any steady tempo.
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  3. Read at sight a simple four-part chorale at any steady tempo (key signature limited to three sharps or flats).
  4. Transpose at sight a single melody one whole step (i.e., a major second) in either direction and at any steady tempo (key signature limited to three sharps or flats).

Students who do not possess keyboard skills or who have not had previous keyboard studies are strongly encouraged to enroll in Keyboard Proficiency (MUS 03; non-credit, pass-fail grade, no fee). While this class will not in and of itself guarantee passing the proficiency test, it is designed to aid in that process.