Studying Keyboard Skills

NOTE: Headsets will be provided for each keyboard, however, it is recommended that students BRING THEIR OWN HEADPHONES FOR USE IN EACH KEYBOARD SKILLS CLASS. Headphones should have at least two-feet of cable and a 1/4-inch jack for the electronic keyboards. Wireless headphones are not compatible.

(MUAG 1011-1014 & MUAS 3523)

The University and the College of Music include a minimal level of keyboard skill as a requirement for graduation for all music majors. Four semesters of keyboard skills classes have been organized to help students achieve basic skills and to pass the Piano Proficiency Exam.

All piano instruction for non-keyboard music majors, prior to the proficiency, is in classes. Upon entry to the College of Music, students are interviewed and/or auditioned for piano placement. At the time of the audition students either pass the proficiency requirements or are placed in one of four levels of keyboard skills study. The University Catalog and the UNT Student Handbook state that students are required to register for keyboard skills instruction continuously until the Secondary Piano Proficiency Exam has been passed.

If, after taking MUAG 1014, the Piano Proficiency has still not been passed, students are required to enroll in MUAS 3523, Functional Piano (private lessons). If one, two or three parts of the Piano Proficiency remain unpassed (half of the total exam) at the conclusion of Piano 4, the student will receive a grade of I (Incomplete). If four or more parts of the Piano Proficiency remain unpassed, the student will receive an F in the course and will register to repeat Piano IV. The Incomplete will be changed to F if the entire Proficiency is not passed within one calendar year. Records of progress toward passing the Piano Proficiency Exam are neither retained, nor valid, after five years of inactivity (no registration/no testing).

Keyboard Skills Preparation

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Need help with Keyboard Skills?  Open Lab tutoring is available for Spring 2023.  Click here for more information.

MUAG 1001 and MUAG 1002