School of Music

Secondary Piano Program

Secondary Piano Spring 2019 Announcement

We will be offering Piano 2 in the Summer B session. If you did not take piano 1 but believe that you have an equivalent proficiency, you may schedule a placement test.  Please follw these steps:
STEP 1: Review guideline here . You will be expected to demonstrate all the requirements for passing Level 1
STEP 2: Email Dr. Jasmin Arakawa to schedule a test.

Secondary Piano Overview

All music major students whose primary instrument is not the piano must pass the Piano Proficiency Exam.
The Proficiency exam consists of six areas: Technical skills, harmonization, transposition, sight-reading, prepared piece, and score-reading.
In order to prepare students for the proficiency exam, the Secondary Piano Program offers a sequence of four courses; Secondary Piano 1 through 4.
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 Piano 1 in the Spring and Piano 2 in the Summer Session B.

Piano Placement Test

Our incoming students arrive with various degree of background in piano. In order to facilitate the appropriate placement for each student, we offer the Secondary Piano Placement Test on each audition day in the Spring. Dates for Spring 2020 are January 18, 25, and 26. We highly recommend you review the Placement Test Requirement as you prepare for the test. If you have little or no previous experience, are not able to play major scales, or not able to harmonize or sight-read at the keyboard at all, you do not need to take the Placement Test.

Proficiency Exam

The requirement for the Proficiency Exam is available from this link (*will be available soon). The current UF students who are enrolled in Piano 3 (MVK2221) may try the Proficiency Exam held toward the end of each semester. The instructor's recommendation is required. Students in Piano 1 (MVK1111) and Piano 2 (MVK1112) are not eligible for the Proficiency Exam.
Harmonization and Transposition excerpts will be available three days before the exam.

Repertoire List for Proficiency Exam is available HERE. Other pieces need to be approved by the Secondary Piano Coordinator in advance.

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