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Piano Placement

CLASS PIANO PLACEMENT EXAM INFORMATION

Effective: Spring 2019 semester

Spring 2019 Class Piano

The following Class Piano information applies to the following:

  • Incoming Freshmen
  • Transfer students
  • Any 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 (as of Fall 2018): Contact Dr. Lagrimas at the email above to schedule an exam time.  Exams will be administered on Monday, January 21 or Tuesday, January 22.
Transfer students (beginning January 2019): You will schedule your exam with Professor Laura Koepke during your initial advising meetings.  Exams will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd.  

 

To complete MUS 117:
*All requirements taken from: Lyke/Caramia, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 1, 10th Edition

1. Harmonization:
Harmonize any selection from pg. 131-132 using I, V7, and V65 chords in the LH

2. Chord progression:
Play the I-IV64-I-V65-I progression with the LH in the keys of C, D, E, F, G, and A major.  See p. 143 for an example.

3. Solo repertoire:
Perform one of the solo repertoire selections from p. 162-170 with fluency.

4. Scales:
Prepare all of the following Major scales 2 octaves, hands together

C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, C#

5. Sight-Reading:
Be prepared to sight-read a short solo section similar in difficulty to selections on pg. 146-147.  (Minor modes, 6/8 meter, sixteenth notes, Tonic/Subdominant/Dominant harmonies)

 

To complete MUS 118:
*All requirements taken from: Lyke/Caramia, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 1, 10th Edition

1. Harmonization:
Perform one of the harmonized melodies on p. 265-266 (melodies with V7/V7 chords).  

2. Scales:
Prepare all 12 Major Scales and C, A, G, E, D harmonic minor scales in 2 octaves, hands together, with corresponding I-IV-I-V7-I chord progression in both hands (see bottom of p. 180 for example)

3. Solo repertoire:
Perform one of the solo repertoire selections from p. 292-301 OR p. 346-353, with fluency including proper use of the damper pedal as needed

4. Sight-Reading:
Be prepared to sight-read a short solo selection similar in difficulty to selections on p. 326-331 (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. 218 in three different Major keys

 

To complete MUS 217:

*All requirements taken from: Lyke/Caramia, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 2, 10th Edition

1. Scales:
Perform the B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat Major scales, 2 octaves, hands together, with corresponding I-IV-I-V7-I chord progression in both hands (see top of p. 2 for examples)

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 selections between 158-165, including proper usage of damper pedal as needed.  Do not take repeats.  

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

 

To complete MUS 218:

*All requirements taken from: Lyke/Caramia, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 2, 10th Edition

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

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 selections with fluency: (note the page number from Lyke/Caramia; other editions may be used with exam proctor's approval)

  • Minuet in G Major, Bach (p. 206)
  • Sonatina in G major, 1st movement, Beethoven (p. 256-257)
  • Bagatelle Op. 119 no. 9, Beethoven (p. 259)

5. Scales:
Perform all Black-key harmonic minor scales, 2 octaves, hands together, with corresponding i-iv-i64-V7-i chord progression (see top of p. 2 for examples)

Following the exam, you will be placed into a level of group piano for Spring 2019.  All placement decisions will be made by the exam proctor and are final.  

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