School of Music

Secondary Piano Program

Secondary Piano Overview

The grand overview of the courses can be viewed here. The courses are designed for music-major students whose primary instrument is not the piano. No prior experience is required. 

However, all music-major students must pass the piano proficiency requirements listed under PIANO 4 in the document above in order to graduate.

Therefore, we offer four courses to serve this purpose: 

Secondary Piano 1 (MVK 1111) and 3 (MVK 2221) are offered in the Fall, and Secondary Piano 2 (MVK 1112) and 4 (MVK 2222) are offered in the Spring. Additionally, we offer one section of Secondary Piano 1 in the Spring and one section of Secondary Piano 2 in the Summer Session B.

Placement Test for New Students

If you have little or no previous piano experience, you do not need to take the test and will be placed automatically in Secondary Piano 1 (MVK 1111). 

If you have substantial prior piano experience (taking classical piano lessons for five years or more, for example), please review the document listed at the top and prepare accordingly.

You have two opportunities to take the Placement Test: 1) we offer it on each audition day in the Spring, or 2) you can take it shortly before the Fall semester.

Please understand that the second option might result in scheduling uncertainty, and, with the enrollment of each section capped at 16, you might not have your choice of section/class time. 

For the second option, please email Dr. Tu directly. 

Taking the Proficiency Exam Early (for current Secondary Piano 3 students)

Current UF students enrolled in Secondary Piano 3 (MVK2221) may take the Proficiency Exam (requirements listed under PIANO 4 in the document on the top) by the end of the Fall semester with the instructor's approval.

Should the student pass the exam, the student will not have to take Secondary Piano 4. 

Example of solo repertoire for Proficiency Exam is available here. Other pieces must be approved by Dr. Tu in advance.

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