The Bachelor of Music degree has a two credit keyboard skills requirement that may be fulfilled by taking classes chosen from MUSC 100, 136, 200 (with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies), and 236. In most cases, BM majors with no prior keyboard experience will enroll in MUSC 136 and MUSC 236. A student may place out of half or all of the requirement by passing half or all of a Keyboard Skills Placement/Exemption Test. The test is offered in the days surrounding the beginning of classes each fall and spring semester. In Spring 2018, the test will be offered January 9, 2018. You may sign up for an exam slot here.

MUSC 136 — Keyboard Skills I (Fall 2017)

For music majors with limited piano training who need to fulfill the piano skills requirement. Students may place out of this requirement through examination (see below). Those interested should contact Associate Professor of Piano Clara Yang.

MUSC 236 — Keyboard Skills II (Spring 2018)

For music majors with limited piano training who need to fulfill the piano skills requirement. Students may place out of this requirement through examination (see below). If you have further questions or concerns, contact Associate Professor of Piano Clara Yang.

Sample Keyboard Skills Test

Level I (MUSC 136)

  1. Play two-octave C, F, G, Bb and D major scales, each hand separately.
  2. Play I – IV – V – I chordal progression in block chords—hands separately—in C, F, G, Bb, and D major.
  3. Sight Reading:

Keyboard Test Example

Level II (MUSC 236)

  1. Play two-octave C, F, G, Bb, D, Eb, and A major scales and a, d, e, and g natural, melodic, and harmonic minor scales, each hand separately.
  2. Play I – IV – V – I (Major) and i – iv – V – i (minor) progressions with common-tone voice-leading in two hands. C, F, G major and a, d, and e minor.
  3. Sight Reading:

Sample Keyboard Test reading