Class Piano

Proficiency Test for PCL 102

This proficiency test covers all material from the syllabus for PCL 102, and includes, but is not limited to, Chapters 5—8 (pp 175-355) of Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1, by Lyke, Caramia, Alexander (Stipes Music Publishing, Tenth Edition, 2014; ISBN:  978-1-60904-307-0). Students who elect to take the proficiency must have a copy of this text—no duplicated material will be allowed.

Note: all playing—from scales to fundamental skills to repertoire—must be at a high musical level, with attention to proper pedaling, steady rhythm, and sensitivity to tonal color.

When you are ready to take this test, contact Professor Caramia (room 410; tcaramia@esm.rochester.edu)

NOTE:  EVERYTHING listed below must be performed in order
to pass this proficiency test.

1) TECHNIQUE:

  • C, D, E, G, A harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, hands together, 2 octaves
    (fingerings on pp 365-367, bottom)
  • play any mode (p. 318), 1 octave, hands separate or together,
    starting on any key, white or black

2) FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS:

  • chord progressions (must be done with the sustaining pedal):
    1. p.218, middle of page:  I-vi-IV-ii-I6/4-V7-I
      in 2 major keys other than C
    2. p.261, bottom of page:  I-IV-V7/V7-V7-I
      in 2 major keys other than C (all 3 positions)
    3. p.306, middle of page:  ii-V7-I; memorized
  • 6 harmonizations (must be done with the sustaining pedal):
    1. pp 222-223: prepare 2 melodies, using keyboard texture
      (2 or 3 notes in RH, single note in LH)
    2. pp 273-274: prepare 2 melodies, using keyboard texture
      (2 or 3 notes in RH, single note in LH)
    3. pp 310-312: prepare 2 melodies, using keyboard texture
      (2 or 3 notes in RH, single note in LH)

3) REPERTOIRE:

  • 4 pieces from Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1:
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 204-211
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 248-255
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 292-301
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 346-353
  • perform 1 other solo or duet piece not included in Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1
  • perform a piano accompaniment to a piece from your major instrument