Keyboard Proficiency

Music majors are required to pass a keyboard proficiency exam in preparation for their Sophomore review.  Students who complete Group Piano I and Group Piano II with a ‘B’ or higher will fulfill exam requirements. In preparation for Group Piano I, students are required to complete Music Theory I with a ‘C’ or higher.

Students who have attained a requisite level of competency in piano may be exempted from group piano coursework through a demonstration of exam requirements.  To schedule an exam, students should contact Hilary Demske, Piano Area Coordinator (GT337b, 801-863-7360, Hilary.Demske@uvu.edu).

The exam for Group Piano I includes the following:

  1. All Major scales, two octaves, with the correct fingering.  A printable fingering chart is available here.  
  2. Harmonize a very simple Right Hand melody at sight, using the I, ii, iii, IV, V, and vi chords, in all Major keys.
  3. Transpose a simple Right Hand melody at sight into a different key, with the same corresponding chords.
  4. Sight-read the equivalent of a second movement of a Mozart or Haydn Piano Sonata. 
  5. Play a chord progression of your choice that includes I, IV, and V in all Major and minor keys.

The exam for Group Piano II includes the following:

  1. All Major and harmonic scales, two octaves, with the correct fingering.  A printable fingering chart is available here.  
  2. Harmonize a single note Right Hand melody at sight, using the I, ii, iii, IV, V, and vi chords, in both Major and minor keys.
  3. Transpose a complex Right Hand melody at sight into a different key, with the same corresponding chords.
  4. Sight-read the equivalent of a first movement of a Mozart or Haydn Piano Sonata. 
  5. Play a chord progression of your choice that includes I, ii, IV, V, and vi, in all Major and minor keys.