Studying Keyboard Skills

Covid-19 update: Students will need to provide their own headphones (not wireless) with at least two-feet of cable and 1/4-inch jack for the electronic keyboards, and be prepared to secure a keyboard* off-campus if instruction moves online.

Click here for detailed information regarding the hybrid instruction model and mask requirements for the Keyboard Skills courses established in Fall 2020 that will continue in Spring 2021.  This applies to the following courses: MUAG 1001, 1002, 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014 and MUAS 3523.

(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

Sign up for a piano placement examination

*Equipment recommendations: Yamaha PSR-F51, Yamaha NP12

Syllabi for Spring 2021

MUAG 1011
MUAG 1012
MUAG 1013
MUAG 1014

(MUAG 1001-1002)

Syllabi for Spring 2021

MUAG 1001
MUAG 1002