Indiana University

Musicology Department

Keyboard Proficiency for Graduate Musicology Majors

Examinations will be administered through the Secondary Piano department.  Musicology majors need to be aware of the procedures and dates posted online on the Piano Department's website.

Incoming Musicology majors should note that they need to take the placement examination.

1. Play at concert pitch, at a steady tempo and in correct rhythm, a single-line melody for any transposing instrument from an orchestral score of the common-practice period (e.g., clarinet in E-flat, B-flat, and A, horns in F and E-flat). 

2. Play at a steady tempo (but not necessarily at the tempo indicated) and in correct rhythm an excerpt from a four-part open score of a relatively homophonic work made available for study 48 hours in advance of the keyboard examination. The example selected will be a string-quartet or the string parts from a symphony. 

3. Play at a steady tempo (but not necessarily at the tempo indicated) and in correct rhythm, with appropriate phrasing and nuance, a short solo piano work or excerpt, made available for study 48 hours in advance of the keyboard examination. The work should be comparable to pieces such as those in J. S. Bach's Little Notebook or Bartók's Mikrokosmos, Book 3, or to Movement II of the second of Beethoven's Two Easy Sonatas, op. 49, or Chopin's Prelude in E Minor, op. 28, no. 4.