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 PIANO  PROFICIENCY  TEST  REQUIREMENTS  


 
 
SCALES  
Major  and  minor  (harmonic  and  melodic)  scales,  2  octaves,  hands  together,  correct  fingerings  
(see  attached  scale  charts  for  fingering)  
 
 
TRIADS  
Major  and  minor  triads,  in  root  position  and  inversions,  2  octaves,  hands  together,  correct  
fingerings  (see  “Inversions  of  Triad”)  
 
 
CHORD  PROGRESSIONS    
Chord  progressions  (tonic  à  subdominant  à  tonic  à  dominant-­‐seventh  à  tonic)  in  all  major  
and  minor  keys,  in  root  position  and  inversions  (see  bottommost  cadence  pattern  “Cadence  I-­‐
IV-­‐I-­‐V7-­‐I”)  
 
 
HARMONIZATION  
Harmonize  all  melodies  (3  pages)  using  tonic,  subdominant,  and  dominant-­‐seventh  chords  
(block  chord,  left  hand  accompaniment).      
 
 
TRANSPOSITION  
Transpose  all  melodies  (3  pages)  one  half  step  above  and  below  the  original  key  and  one  whole  
step  above  and  below  the  original  key  (block  chord,  left  hand  accompaniment  required).    For  
example,  transpose  My  Little  Hans  (original  key:  G  minor)  to  the  following  keys:  F  minor,  F#  
minor,  G#  minor,  and  A  minor.      
 
 
PREPARED  SOLO  PIECE  
Prepare  one  solo  piano  work  of  an  appropriate  level  (minimum  difficulty:  Menuet  from  Bach’s  
Anna  Magdalena  Notebook  or  a  work  from  Schumann’s  Album  for  the  Young).  Memorization  is  
not  required.  
 
 
SIGHT  READING  
 
 
 
 
 
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