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Piano Placement

CLASS PIANO PLACEMENT EXAM INFORMATION

Effective: Fall 2020 semester

Fall 2020 Class Piano

This Class Piano information applies to the following:

Incoming Freshmen
Transfer students
Any current School of Music student attempting to test out of a certain level of class piano

In order to complete the requirements for a level of piano class and be eligible to sign up for the next level, a student must satisfactorily complete ALL listed components under that level.
“Satisfactory” completion means fluent, smooth playing with a minimum of errors and hesitations.  

Any questions about the exam content or procedure should be directed to Dr. Leonidas Lagrimas at leonidas.lagrimas@fredonia.edu.  

Current Fredonia students: Contact Dr. Lagrimas at the e-mail address above to schedule an exam time.  Exams can be scheduled during the Spring 2020 Final Exam week (May 11-15), or on the weekend of August 21-23.  

Incoming First-Year and Transfer students (beginning Fall 2020): Your placement exam will be scheduled for you. You will receive more information during summer orientation.  Exams will take place on the weekend of August 21-23.

 

All requirements for MUS 117 and MUS 118 taken from Lyke/Caramia’s, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 1, 11th Edition.  

All requirements for MUS 217 and MUS 218 taken from Lyke/Caramia’s, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 2, 10th Edition.  

Note: Any minor scales for all exam levels are to be performed in harmonic minor keys (raised 7th ascending and descending).

If you need a copy of the materials for the exam, email Dr. Lagrimas at leonidas.lagrimas@fredonia.edu.  

 

To complete MUS 117:

1. Harmonization.  
Harmonize a selection of your choice on p. 119-120, using block chords/triads in the LH, and playing the melody in the RH.  Only tonic and dominant seventh chords should be used in the LH.  

2. Chord progression:
Prepare the I-IV64-I-V65-I progression with the LH in the keys of C, D, E, G, and A major.  See bottom of p. 112, under the heading "LH Block Style”, for an example.  

3. Solo repertoire:
Perform one of the following solo repertoire selections with fluency:

“Song”, Fritz Spindler (p. 148)
“Tarantella”, Frank Lynes (p. 150)

4. Scales:
Prepare the following scales 2 octaves, hands together:
C Major, G Major, D Major, A Major, E Major
C minor, G minor, D minor, A minor, E minor (harmonic minor)

5. Sight-Reading:
Be prepared to sight-read a short solo section similar in difficulty to selections on pg. 131-133.  (Minor modes, 6/8 meter, sixteenth notes, Tonic/Subdominant/Dominant harmonies)

To complete MUS 118:
1. Harmonization:
Perform one of the harmonized melodies on p. 252-253 (melodies with secondary dominant chords).  Harmonization MUST follow the style given in the opening measures of each melody (i.e. “keyboard style” with single note in LH bass and remaining voices in RH).

2. Scales:
Prepare the following scales 2 octaves, hands together:
F Major, B Major, F-sharp Major, C-sharp Major scales

3. Solo repertoire:
Perform one of the following solo repertoire selections with fluency:
Andante in G minor, Telemann (p. 281)
Minuet in F, Haydn (p. 282)

4. Sight-Reading:
Be prepared to sight-read a short solo selection similar in difficulty to selections on p. 314-317 (Diatonic seventh chords, minor keys, modal harmonies)

5. Chord progression and transposition:
Perform the I-vi-IV-ii-I64-V7-I chord progression on p. 200 in two different Major keys OTHER THAN C Major.

 

To complete MUS 217:

1. Scales:
Prepare the following scales 2 octaves, hands together.  Include a standard I-IV-I64-V7-I chord progression after the scale (see top of p.2 for examples)
B-flat Major, E-flat Major, A-flat Major, F minor, B minor scales

2. SAB score reading:
Perform Haydn’s Psalm 69 (p. 142), all 3 parts together, stop on downbeat of m. 8

3. Instrumental score reading with Alto/Tenor clef transposition:
Perform both scores on p. 143 in concert pitch with fluency and in the correct range

4. Solo repertoire:
Perform one of the following solo repertoire selections with fluency
Fantasia in E minor, Telemann (p. 158)
Minuet in A-flat, Mozart (p. 161)
A Central Park Afternoon, James Lyke (p. 165)

5. Harmonization/Stylistic Accompaniment:
Perform “I’ll be With You in Apple Blossom Time” (p. 137), with melody in RH and LH harmonization in an appropriate “waltz” style/rhythm.

To complete MUS 218:

1. Harmonization/Lead Sheet Realization:
Perform the first 16 or second 16 measures of “Beautiful Faces” (p. 274), either melody RH and harmony LH, or harmony in both hands.  The style should be a that of a mid-tempo Broadway standard. 

2. Four-part instrumental score reading w/alto clef:
Perform Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor (p. 281), all 4 parts together (m. 1-8)

3. SATB score reading:
Perform Bach’s Chorale from Cantata no. 149 (p. 324), all 4 parts together (m. 1-11)

4. Repertoire:
Perform one of the following solo repertoire selections with fluency: 
Allegro in B-flat, Mozart (p. 258)
Bagatelle Op. 119 no. 9, Beethoven (p. 259)
Old French Song, Tchaikovsky (p. 303)

5. Scales:
Prepare the following scales 2 octaves, hands together.  Include a standard i-iv-i64-V7-i chord progression after the scale (see top of p.2 for examples)
F-sharp minor, C-sharp minor, G-sharp minor, B-flat minor, and E flat minor

 

 

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