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Piano Proficiency Exam


REQUIREMENT: PIANO PROFICIENCY EXAM FOR AUDIO TECHNOLOGY MAJORS MUSC 1010 EQUIVALENCY

(Effective Beginning Fall 2014-2015)

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The purpose of the Piano Proficiency Exam is to ensure that Audio Technology students in Performing Arts have basic skills enabling them to function at the piano under a variety of settings. Piano skills are beneficial in the study of music theory, history, and technology, and it is highly recommended that students acquire these skills as soon as possible.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in production studies in performing arts with a concentration in audio technology, students must earn a C or higher in MUSC 1010 or pass the Piano Proficiency Exam at the 1010 level.

Audio Technology students who wish to take this exam must take it before their first semester, the day before classes begin. If they do not take the exam at this time, they must enroll in MUSC 1010. No students will be allowed to take this exam after their first semester.

COMPONENTS OF THE EXAM

The exam is comprised of 7 components, all of which must be prepared to the satisfaction of the Proficiency Exam Committee. The sections of the exam are as follows (specific instructions are given at the start of each section):

        1. Two (2) prepared pieces (use of sheet music is allowed)
        2. Sight reading
        3. Major scales and arpeggios
        4. Major, minor, diminished, and augmented chords
        5. Harmonization with I, IV, and V7 chords
        6. I-IV6/4-I-V7-I chord progressions
        7. Harmonization with two-hand accompaniment

GRADING THE EXAM

The exam committee will listen to the 20-minute exam and determine a recommendation for each component: Pass or Fail.
        1. If the exam grade is Fail, the student may retake the failed components.
        2. Students will only have one opportunity for a retake exam.
        3. The retake exam must be completed before the last day to drop a class without a "W" (Withdrawal) indicated on the fall Clemson University Academic Calendar.
        4. If any component of the exam is not passed during the retake, they must enroll in MUSC 1010.
        5. Students cannot take the Piano Proficiency Exam again.

Students interested in taking the Proficiency Exam should contact Dr. Linda Li-Bleuel no later than two (2) weeks prior to the beginning of the semester to arrange an exam time on the day before classes start.