Relevant to: All Music majors in the B.A. program taking applied lessons in an instrument or voice
Students enrolled in instrumental or vocal Applied Lessons perform a Progress or Advancement Jury each semester. Students sign up for a 1-hour time slot and should be prepared to perform their Jury at any point during that hour. Students perform a Jury for a panel of at least 3 faculty members that includes a minimum of 2 tenure-track faculty. All juries happen during finals week, except Degree Recital juries.
There are two types of Juries - Progress Juries and Advancement Juries. Progress Juries typically include the performance of 1 selection (5 minutes per student, except piano which will be 10 minutes). Advancement Juries typically include the performance of multiple selections, the number determined by area, and may also require demonstration of level specific skills such as scales, musicianship exams, sight-reading, etc. See below for the specific requirements of your area.
Degree Recital Juries are considered Advancement Juries. Junior Recital Juries serve as the Advancement Jury from Level 3 to Level 4, pending completion of the Junior Recital. Senior Recital Juries serve as a program culmination, pending completion of the Senior Recital.
Students whose recitals involve other performers, including pianists and combos/ensembles, must have all performers present at the time of the Degree Recital Jury. If any performers are unable to be in attendance at the Degree Recital Jury, it is the student's responsibility to send a quality performance recording of the ensemble to the chair of the Applied Music Committee in advance of the jury. The jury results of those selections will be based upon an evaluation of the recording.
NOTE: Jury outcomes do not necessarily correspond to academic grade for the semester.
Relevant to: All Music Majors in the B.A. program
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)