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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. This semester due to physical distancing requirements for COVID-19, all exams must be submitted online. See more below.

MUSC 136 — Keyboard Skills I (Fall)

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). To take the Fall 2020 exam, please continue to the exam page here.

MUSC 236 — Keyboard Skills II (Spring)

For music majors who have taken MUSC 136 and want to continue their piano training. Students may place out of this requirement through examination. Those interested should contact Associate Professor of Piano Clara Yang.

Sample Keyboard Skills Test

Level I (MUSC 136)

  1. Prepare to play 5 major scales, two hands, two octaves (C, G, D, A, and E)
  2. Prepare to play 2 major scales, one hand, two octaves (B, F)
  3. Prepare to play arpeggios, one hand, two octaves (C, G, D, A, E, B, and F)
  4. Prepare to play a I–IV–I–V7–I chord progression with keyboard voicing (C, G, D, A, E, B, and F)
  5. Able to transpose a simple melody to major keys up to 3 sharps and flats.
  6. Sight Reading:

Keyboard Test Example

Level II (MUSC 236)

  1. Play 5 of the following minor scales in natural, harmonic, and melodic minor, two hands, two
    octaves (A, E, D, G, C, B, F, F#, C#, G#, B-flat, and E-flat).
  2. Play the following major scales, one hand, two octave (B-flat, E-flat, and A-flat).
  3. Play the following minor arpeggios, hands separately, two octaves (A, E, D, G, C, B, F, F#, C#, G#, B-flat, and E-flat).
  4. Play a i¬¬–iv¬–i–V7–i chord progression with keyboard voicing in 5 minor keys of your choice.
  5. Play a I–vi–IV–ii6–I6/4–V7–I chord progression with keyboard voicing in 5 major keys of your choice.
  6. Transpose the following example to three major keys of your choice.