Piano Proficiency Test

The Piano Proficiency Test assesses students' basic keyboard skills. It is administered in September and February of each year. Successful completion of the test is a prerequisite to required second-year core program courses, including Music 2107, 2117, and 2401.

If you are not already a confident pianist, you should plan to take private piano lessons in advance of playing the Piano Proficiency Test.

Students whose principal applied study is piano or organ are exempt from playing the Piano Proficiency Test.

Requirements:

  1. Two contrasting pieces of your own choice, equivalent in difficulty to RCM Grade 2 or higher.
  2. Scales:
    • C, Eb, and D major
    • A, C, and B harmonic minor
    • Scales are to be played two octaves, ascending and descending.
    • Play scales hands together, with hands one octave apart.
  3. Triads:
    • C, Eb, and D major
    • A, C, and B minor
    • Triads are to be played two octaves, ascending and descending, solid and broken in root position, 1st inversion, and 2nd inversion.
    • Play triads hands together or hands alone, with hands one octave apart.
  4. Sight reading
    • Sight reading will be played hands together.

Questions? Contact music@mun.ca.

Contact

School of Music

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000