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Piano Placement Exam Sign-Up

This exam is for students who wish to place out of a class piano requirement, it is not the piano sight-reading exam required for piano majors or the keyboard harmony exam. Most students take the exam during orientation, but it is also offered at the beginning of the fall & winter semesters. Current students who wish to take the exam again need to register in advance of the desired exam. For any questions, please contact either Associate Dean John Ellis at jsellis@umich.edu or Christine Choi at cejchoi@umich.edu.

 

Information on Piano Placement Exams

The examinations will cover the following elements:

  1. Sight reading (can include additional examples of score reading after 112. See the syllabi for specific requirements)
  2. Harmonization of a melody
  3. Transposition of the melody with harmonization
  4. Chord progressions
  5. Scales and arpeggios

For preparation it is suggested to follow the text and/or syllabus as listed below:

Piano 110 syllabus
For Piano 111: Alfred Group Piano for Adults Book 1 (first half of the book) Piano 111 syllabus
For Piano 112: Alfred Group Piano for Adults Book 1 (second half of the book) Piano 112 syllabus
For Piano 113: Alfred Group Piano for Adults Book 2 (first half of the book )Piano 113 syllabus
For Piano 114: Alfred Group Piano for Adults Book 2 (second half of the book) Piano 114 syllabus
For Piano 205: See the Piano 205 syllabus for specific requirements

Class Piano Policies for all course numbers: Class Policies

No solo or accompanying pieces need to be prepared for the Placement Exam.

Exam Date and Sign-Up Form

Registration for the Winter 2018 piano placement exam is now open. Please sign up by Tuesday, December 12. The next piano placement exam will be held before the start of the fall 2018 term, date TBD.


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