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Piano Proficiency Requirements

Every music major that is not majoring in piano must pass the USU Department of Music piano proficiency requirements. This is done by successfully completing Keyboard Harmony I & II (Music 1170 & 1180) with a letter grade of C- or higher or by passing the Piano Proficiency Examination upon entering the music program. All entering music majors must successfully pass the Piano Proficiency Examination during the first month Fall semester, or enroll in Keyboard Harmony I (Music 1170). Once the piano proficiency requirements have been met, it is the student’s responsibility to have the appropriate part of the Department of Music Graduation Approval Form signed by the director of Keyboard Harmony, Emily Ezola (emily.ezola@usu.edu). 

All non-piano music majors should enroll in Keyboard Harmony I (MUSC 1170) fall semester of their freshman year.  All piano majors should register for MUSC 1270 Keyboard Harmony for Piano Majors I instead of MUSC 1170. Non-piano music majors with previous piano experience should attend the first meeting of Keyboard Harmony I to determine their placement in the Keyboard Harmony sequence or to schedule a piano proficiency exam. Transfer students who have met the piano proficiency requirements at other schools are not excused from the USU piano proficiency requirements. These students should immediately contact Keyboard Harmony director Emily Ezola (emily.ezola@usu.edu) for further advising.

Click the link below to see the piano proficiency requirements. All examples are selected from the 6th edition of "Piano for the Developing Musician" by Martha Hilley and Lynn Freeman Olson. 

 

Piano Proficiency Requirements