Class Piano

Class Piano Placement Audition Information for August, 2019

Friday, August 23:  9:00 AM—12 noon in rooms ESM 209, 320, 442 & 443.

Results will be e-mailed to students before registration and posted on ESM/Registrar’s home page: https://www.esm.rochester.edu/registrar/

Students should add a piano class section once they have their placement test results.

If a student is placed in a level he or she believes in not correct, the option of a Proficiency Test is available.

At the audition, students should be prepared to:

  • Perform one major and/or one minor scale and arpeggio, hands together, 2 octaves (student’s choice of key)
  • Sight-read a short passage (see examples for 102/103/104)
  • Perform a harmonized short melody that uses keyboard style:  3 note chord in RH, single note in LH, with pedal; (see examples for 102/103/104)
  • Perform TWO SOLOS chosen from the STANDARD teaching repertoire; memorization is NOT required.
    1. one Baroque
    2. one from the Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, 20th or 21st Century
      (Jazz idiom not recommended)

PCL 101-104 CLASSES BEGIN

PCL 101:  students with NO prior training in piano will be placed in PCL 101.
Major technical focus: all white key major scales and corresponding arpeggios, 2 octaves, HT
Text:  KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP, Book 1 (Lyke/Caramia; Stipes Publishing Co.) 10th edition, 2014

PCL 102:  students with some prior training in piano (see 102 Audition information)
Major technical focus: all white key minor scales (all 3 forms) and corresponding arpeggios, 2 octaves, HT; review all white key major scales
Text:  KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP, Book 1 (Lyke/Caramia; Stipes Publishing Co.) 10th edition, 2014

PCL 103:  students with 1-2 years of study (see 103 Audition information)
Major technical focus: all black key major scales, and corresponding arpeggios 2 octaves, HT; review all white key major and minor scales and arpeggios
Text:  KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP, Book 2 (Lyke/Caramia; Stipes Publishing Co.) 10th edition, 2015

PCL 104:  Students with 2 or more years of study (see 104 Audition information)
Major technical focus: all black key minor scales (harmonic form) and corresponding arpeggios, 4 octaves, HT; review all black key major scales and arpeggios
Text:  KEYBOARD MUSICIANSHIP, Book 2 (Lyke/Caramia; Stipes Publishing Co.) 10th edition, 2015

PCL 105/106 CLASSES BEGIN FRIDAY

Students with 3 or more years of study should consult 105-106 Course descriptions
PCL 105:  Major technical focus: all major and minor scales and arpeggios up to 3#s, 3bs, 4 octaves, HT;
Private lessons focus on 3 pieces: from Baroque, Classic, and Romantic
Text:  a scale/arpeggio fingering guide will be provided

PCL 106:  Major technical focus: ALL major and minor scales and arpeggios completed, 4 octaves, HT;
Private lessons focus on 3 pieces: from Impressionistic and Contemporary
Text:  a scale/arpeggio fingering guide will be provided.

Students with 4 or more years of study—or are at a level above PCL 106—will most likely be exempted from class piano requirements.

Students who elect further piano study should contact Professor Tamari Gurevich Hill regarding Secondary Piano Auditions.