Piano Department

Secondary Piano Program

FAQs

When can I find out who my teacher is for the semester?

When can I take the proficiency exam?

Are there resources to help me prepare for the exam?

Can I take the exam more than once?

Am I allowed to prepare only part of the exam, and pass it a little at a time?

How do I get practice time for my piano class?

How do I request a specific instructor before the semester starts?

How hard does my prepared piece have to be?

What is the sightreading like?

Where can I find scale fingerings?

How should broken chords be played? (links to PDF)

How should blocked chords be played? (links to PDF)

Where can I get a copy of America? (links to PDF)

Where can I get a copy of The Star-Spangled Banner? (links to PDF)

When can I find out who my teacher is for the semester?

Private teacher assignments are emailed to you early in the first week of classes. It is your responsibility to get in touch with your instructor as soon as possible during the first week of classes, to ensure that you get all of your lessons for the semester.

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Are there resources to help me prepare for the exam?

Yes!

For Repertoire:

Music for Millions, Vol 17: Easy Classics to Moderns, Ed. Denes Agay, Music Sales America, ISBN 978-0825640179

For Scales:

The Brown Scale Book, Frederick Harris Music,
ISBN 0-88797-018-4

For Sight Reading:

Right@Sight Grade Three, composed by Thomas Johnson, rev. Caroline Evans, Edition Peters, EP 7541,
ISMN M-57708-362-9

For Score-Reading:

Keyboard Skills for Music Educators: Score Reading, Shellie Gregorich, Benjamin Moritz, Routledge, 
ISBN 978-0-415-88898-1

Preparatory Exercises in Score Reading, R.O. Morris & Howard Ferguson, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0193214750

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Can I take the exam more than once?

You can take the exam as many times as you need to in order to pass. We want you to get your degree as much as you do.

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Am I allowed to prepare only part of the exam, and pass it a little at a time?

No. You are expected to come to the exam with all items prepared. Students who come to the exam with some items not prepared will not be permitted to take the exam. The determination of what amounts to a "prepared" item is at the discretion of the examiner.

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How do I get practice time for my piano class?

Like any applied music course, you sign up with Mr. Clark, in the student lounge on the ground floor of the Music Practice Building (corner of 3rd and Ballantine).

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How do I request a specific instructor before the semester starts?

If you register during your alloted registration period, you should receive a mailing before the semester begins, asking you to select an instructor. Alternatively, you can send mail to the Coordinator.

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What is the sightreading like?

For non-piano-majors, item G1 (sight-reading) is similar to the harder examples found in the book "Right@Sight Grade Three", composed by Thomas Johnson, rev. Caroline Evans, Edition Peters, EP 7541.

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