Keyboard Proficiency Requirements

All music majors at St. Olaf College are required to complete keyboard proficiency.The requirements vary by major, as seen below:
B.A. Music — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 2
B.M. Composition — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 4
B.M. Church Music (Choral) — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 4
B.M. Church Music (Organ) — MUSIC 270 with a minimum grade of B-
B.M. Music Education (Instrumental) — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 3
B.M. Music Education (Vocal) — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 4
B.M. Performance (Brass, Percussion, Woodwind) — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 3
B.M. Performance (Organ or Piano ) — MUSIC 270 with a minimum grade of B-
B.M. Performance (Voice) — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 4
B.M. With Elective Studies in Another Discipline — Keyboard Proficiency, Level 3

Keyboard Proficiency, Level 1, is achieved by one of the following:
– earning a minimum grade of B- in MUSIC 161, Piano Class I, or
– recommendation of a keyboard faculty member through means of a piano screening (given in conjunction with entrance to a music major)

Keyboard Proficiency, Level 2, is achieved by one of the following:
– successful completion of the Keyboard Proficiency exam, Level 2, or
– earning a minimum grade of B- in MUSIC 162, Piano Class II, or
– recommendation of a keyboard faculty member through means of a piano screening (given in conjunction with entrance to a music major)

Keyboard Proficiency, Level 3, is achieved by one of the following:
– successful completion of the Keyboard Proficiency exam, Level 3, or
– earning a minimum grade of B- in MUSIC 261, Piano Class III, or
– recommendation of a keyboard faculty member through means of a piano screening (given in conjunction with entrance to a music major)

Keyboard Proficiency, Level 4, is achieved by one of the following:
– successful completion of the Keyboard Proficiency exam, Level 4, or
– earning a minimum grade of B- in MUSIC 262, Piano Class IV, or
– recommendation of a keyboard faculty member through means of a piano screening (given in conjunction with entrance to a music major)