Piano Proficiency I

Technique: All major and minor arpeggios, hand-over-hand, 4 octaves in triplet eighth notes, quarter note=60.
All major and A, D, and E harmonic minor scales, hands together, 2 octaves in quarter notes, quarter note=100.
Chromatic scale, two octaves, hands together, starting on C in quarter notes, quarter note=100.
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Repertoire: Choose one piece from the following list, to be played from memory. This category is waived upon successful completion of 1st or second semester applied keyboard jury. Students may substitute another piece of comparable or greater difficulty.
Meditation, PDM pg. 252 download page 1   download page 2
Chromatizone Rag, PDM pg. 284 download page 1   download page 2
Early Spring, PDM 254 download page 1   download page 2
Two Voices Singing, PDM 288 download page 1   download page 2

Chord Progressions: All to be played in keyboard style (1 voice in the left hand, 3 voices in the right hand, no parallels 5ths or octaves, smooth voice leading. Students may not play using written out chords.)
I IV I V I in all major and minor keys up to four sharps or flats.
I V7/IV IV ii65 I64 V7 I in C major, G major, A minor, B Minor.

Harmonization: "Solemn," handout, in indicated style, quarter note=50. download
Either Example from PDM pg. 242. download
1 simple melody to be harmonized at sight using primary chords in the left hand. Student supplies the chords. download samples
2 melodies to harmonized by ear, chosen by the student from the following list. One example should include the melody in the right hand, the other should leave out the melody and feature a more elaborate, flowing accompaniment. The melody can be sung by the student or played by the teacher.
Camptown Races
This Land is Your Land
Twinkle, Twinkle
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Happy Birthday
Oh! Susanna
You Are My Sunshine

Transposition/score reading: Play all parts of all of the following examples:
Example 1 download
Example 2 download
Example 3 download

Improvisation: Left hand chords and right hand improvisation in F Major from PDM 180, using 12-bar blues progression in F Major. quarter note=60. download

Accompaniment: Play the piano parts of both of these examples:
Example 1 download
Example 2 download

Sight Reading: A piece at the approximate level of PDM pg. 47.