Relevant to: Incoming Transfer Students; Incoming Freshmen with advanced Music Theory/Aural Skills/Keyboard knowledge.
The Musicianship Placement Examination is based on the three subject areas covered in the first two years of theory studies in this music department: Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Keyboard. Each student completes those parts of the examination which are appropriate to the student’s level. When the examination is evaluated, a faculty advisor will use the results to design an appropriate course program.
The Musicianship Placement Examination, which is administered by the Music Department, is not to be confused with the Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations as explained in the Cal State East Bay University Catalog. The CSUEB Transfer Admission Requirements can be found through the CSUEB Admissions Office. It should also be noted that receiving advanced standing within the Music Theory & Musicianship sequence does not automatically award units for those classes that are waived. The student would substitute the waived units with music electives.
Relevant to: All Music Majors.
The Piano Proficiency Exam at the Cal State East Bay Department of Music assesses competencies that demonstrate basic functionality at the keyboard, appropriate to a Bachelor of Arts student in Music.
In order to graduate, all CSUEB Music students must pass the Piano Proficiency Exam OR complete four (4) semesters of group keyboard study. All music students are required to complete Basic Keyboard I (MUS 118A) and Basic Keyboard II (MUS 118B).
The most efficient way to complete the Piano Proficiency requirement is to enroll in Intermediate Keyboard I (MUS 218A) and Intermediate Keyboard II (MUS 218B). Students who pass Intermediate Keyboard I and Intermediate Keyboard II with a minimum grade of C are not required to take the piano proficiency exam.
While some students elect to work on proficiency requirements independently, it is highly discouraged and may significantly delay graduation. Students not enrolled in Intermediate Keyboard I or Intermediate Keyboard II who wish to demonstrate their mastery of proficiency items may only do so during the fall and spring Final Exam period.
Contact Dr. Shimron at least 14-21 days in advance to schedule the exam.
Please follow the guidelines and use the examples below to prepare for the Piano Proficiency Exam. All examples are taken from Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, 2nd Ed., (Lancaster, 2004)