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Piano Proficiency Requirement

Piano Proficiency Requirement for Non-Keyboard Music Majors (Music 113R, 221R, and 222R)

All students whose primary instrument is not piano or organ must complete the piano proficiency.

It is expected that the piano proficiency be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

The proficiency can be completed in one of two ways:

  1. Take the required courses and receive a grade of C- or better.
  2. Receive credit and a grade for each course by completing the piano proficiency examination. NOTE: Due to a change in university policy, group piano courses can no longer be waived. You MUST register for each course and receive a grade. The courses are:
    1. Music 113 (for music minors and theatre-dance majors) Music 221R (for music education majors)
    2. Music 221R and 222R (all other music majors. Music 221 must be completed before enrolling in Music 222.

To take the Piano Proficiency Exam in lieu of the classes, make an appointment with Dr. Pierce (; E-433 HFAC) to complete the exam.

  • To receive credit for Music 221R and 222R by taking the Piano Proficiency Exam, only prepare for the Music 222R portion of the exam. You may pass off portions of the exam until the entire exam is completed, but you may present no less than four items at any one time.
  • All proficiency items should be played as indicated at appropriate tempos without hesitations and mistakes. Fingerings for repertoire pieces, scales, and arpeggios should be perfect. Repertoire and all other material must be played fluently without mistakes, and musically with appropriate tempos, articulation, and dynamics to pass.
  • All Music 221R and 222R proficiency items are found in the Music 221 and 222 packets in the textbook section of the BYU Store. Music 113 proficiency items are found in Beginning Piano Techniques. A copy of either text can be checked out from Dr. Pierce. Be sure to follow the instructions in the textbook regarding each item.

Music 221R Proficiency Requirements

  1. Play the major and minor 5 finger pattern with triads in all keys as found on p. 4.
  2. Play the Hanon exercise on p. 39 at a tempo of 126 two notes per beat.
  3. Play the major and minor cadences without music in all keys as directed on p. 25 and p. 35 of the text. Tempo: 80 with a quarter note equaling one beat.
  4. Harmonize two melodies, one in a major key and one in a minor key from pp. 71-72. Play the melody with the right hand and a chordal accompaniment with the left hand using the given chords, inversions, and indicated accompaniment patterns. Accompaniments must be played from the chord symbols; notes cannot be written in.