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PIANO PLACEMENT; MUSC 14 Series

HELD CONCURRENTLY WITH THE THEORY PLACEMENT EVALUATIONS

Placement
You will be placed in a class piano level based on a careful assessment of your current ability level.  If you find that you have an unavoidable conflict with your assigned class time, it is your responsibility to discuss this conflict with your teacher within the first week of classes.  If, within the first 3 weeks of class, you feel that you have been placed in an inappropriate level, please feel free to discuss this with your teacher.
                       
In your placement evaluation we will assess your current knowledge of and ability to do the following:

  1. Major and minor scales
  2. Chord progressions
  3. Melodic transposition
  4. Sight reading

If you wish, you may prepare a piece of your choice.

At the time of your piano placement we will also do a brief evaluation of your aural skills.  This, along with the aural portion of your theory placement exam, will provide us with an additional, more individual picture of your needs.  This evaluation will cover interval identification, sight singing and rhythm reading.

All music students (both new and continuing) who have not completed their class piano requirement must take a placement exam.  Students who pass the exit exam for 14D will not be required to take class piano.  All students must continue to enroll in class piano until the 14D exit exam has been passed.  Please be aware that the meeting times and availability of sections will vary from semester to semester and are subject to last minute changes depending on the results of placement exams and the number of incoming students.  At least one section at each level will be offered every semester.

MUSC 14B Materials

  • Keyboard Strategies, Book 1, by Stecher, Horowitz, Gordon, et. al. published by Schirmer
  • Mikrokosmos, Vol.I, by Bela Bartok published by Boosey and Hawkes
  • Folder with pockets—supplied with blank paper for assignments manuscript paper and a pencil.

Objectives              

  1. Familiarity with piano repertoire and musical styles
  2. Keyboard harmony:
    • I – IV – V7 – I in all keys
    • I – IV – ii – V7 – I in all keys
    • I – V65 – I (left hand) in all keys
  3. Development of sight-reading skills
  4. Mastery of all major and harmonic minor scales:
    • 1 octave hands together and 2 octaves hands separately.
  5. Ability to transpose melodies up and down 1/2 and whole steps, to realize letter chord symbols and to improvise simple chordal accompaniment.


MUSC 14C Materials
          

  • Keyboard Strategies, Book I, by Stecher, Horowitz, Gordon, et. al., published by Schirmer                                   
  • Mikrokosmos, Vol.II, by Bela Bartok, published by Boosey and Hawkes
  • Folder with pockets—supplied with blank paper for assignments, manuscript paper and a pencil.

Objectives                      

  1. Familiarity with piano repertoire and musical styles
  2. Keyboard harmony:
    • I – vi – IV – V7 – I; I – iii – IV – ii – V7 – I in all keys
    • I – IV6/4 – V6/5 – I (left hand) in all keys
  3. Emphasis on sight-reading skills – new textures
  4. Mastery of all major and harmonic minor scales:
    • 2 octaves hands together and arpeggios 2 octaves hands separately.
  5. Ability to transpose melodies up and down by thirds, to realize letter chord symbols and to improvise simple chordal accompaniment.


MUSC 14D Materials
          

  • Classics to Moderns, Vol. 27, compiled and edited by Denes Agay, Ameco Music Publishing
  • Folder with pockets—supplied with blank paper for assignments, manuscript paper and a pencil.

Objectives:                       

  1. Greater familiarity with piano repertoire and musical styles.
  2. Study of accompaniment for your major instrument or voice including in class performances with soloist.
  3. Keyboard harmony:
    • I – vi – IV – iio6 – V7 – I or N6 – I64 V – I in all keys
  4. Continued development of sight-reading skills with a wider variety of textures.
  5. Mastery of all major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios:
    • 2 octaves hands together.
  6. Ability to transpose melodies up and down by fourths, transpose simple accompaniments and improvise chordal accompaniment with expanded harmony.