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 f Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1, by Lyke, Caramia, Haydon, and Chioldi (Stipes Music Publishing, Eleventh Edition, ISBN: 978-1-60904-745-0. 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, f, b harmonic minor scales and arpeggios, hands together, 2 octaves
    (fingerings; also in text on pp 359-361, bottom)
  • play any mode (p. 306), 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.200, middle of page:  I-vi-IV-ii-I6/4-V7-I
      in 2 major keys other than C
    2. p.247, bottom of page:  I-IV-V7/V7-V7-I
      in 2 major keys other than C (all 3 positions)
    3. p.294, middle of page:  ii-V7-I; memorized
  • 6 harmonizations (must be done with the sustaining pedal):
    1. pp 212-213: prepare 2 melodies, using appropriate harmonization styles
    2. pp 260-261: prepare 2 melodies, using appropriate harmonization styles
    3. pp 312-313: prepare 2 melodies, using appropriate harmonization styles

3) REPERTOIRE:

  • 4 pieces from Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1:
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 186-193
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 234-241
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 280-289
    • perform 1 solo piece from pp 336-347
  • perform 1 other solo or duet piece not included in Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1