Proficiency Test for PCL 101

This proficiency test covers all material from the syllabus for PCL 101, and includes, but is not limited to, Chapters 1—4 (pp 1-173) of Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1, by Lyke, Caramia, Alexander (Stipes Music Publishing, Tenth Edition, 2014; ISBN:  978-1-60904-307-0). Students who elect to take the proficiency must use this text—no duplicated material will be allowed.

Note: all playing—from scales to fundamental skills to repertoire—must be at a high musical level, with attention to proper pedaling, steady rhythm, and sensitivity to tonal color.

When you are ready to take this test, contact Professor Caramia (room 410; tcaramia@esm.rochester.edu)

NOTE:  EVERYTHING listed below must be performed in order
to pass this proficiency test.

1) TECHNIQUE:

  • C, G, D, E, A, B major scales and arpeggios, hands together, 2 octaves
    (fingerings found on pp. 359-360)

2) FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS:

  • play a left hand chordal accompaniment (see p. 133) for the two melodies on p. 135;
    use of the sustaining pedal (see p. 47) is required
  • harmonize the two melodies on p. 136, following the left hand example in measure 1;
    use of the sustaining pedal (see p. 47) is required
  • harmonize one of the two melodies on p. 137, following suggestions on top of each melody; use of the sustaining pedal (see p. 47) is required
  • harmonize one of the melodies on pp. 143-145, following the left hand example in measure 1; use of the sustaining pedal (see p. 47) is required
  • play all melodies on pp 146-149; be able to transpose one (your choice)
  • play By the Beautiful Sea (American Song Repertoire), pp 152-153
  • harmonize #3 and #4 on p.173

3) REPERTOIRE:

  • perform 2 pieces from pp 162-170
  • perform a piece of your choice not included in Keyboard Musicianship, Book 1
  • play a piano accompaniment to a piece from the repertoire of your major instrument