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Piano Placement

CLASS PIANO PLACEMENT EXAM INFORMATION

Effective: Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Class Piano

This 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: Contact Dr. Lagrimas at the e-mail address above to schedule an exam time.  Exams will be administered Friday, August 23rd and Saturday, August 24th.

Incoming First-Year and Transfer students (beginning Fall 2019): Your placement exam will be scheduled for you. You will receive more information during summer orientation.  Exams will take place on Saturday, August 24th.

 

All requirements for MUS 117 and MUS 118 taken from Lyke/Caramia’s, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 1, 10th Edition.  All requirements for MUS 217 and MUS 218 taken from Lyke/Caramia’s, Keyboard Musicianship: Piano for Adults Book 2, 10th Edition.  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 any selection from pg. 131-132 using I, V7, and V65 chords in the LH and playing the melody in the RH.

2. Chord progression:
Prepare 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 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

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:

1. Harmonization:
Perform one of the harmonized melodies on p. 265-266 (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 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 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 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 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 or faster.

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)

  • 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:
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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