Piano Department

Secondary Piano Program

Keyboard Proficiency

Other Departments' Proficiency Links (under construction):

Procedures and Dates this Semester

Spring 2021

Undergraduate Keyboard Proficiency Requirements (pdf)

Graduate Keyboard Proficiency Requirements (pdf)

List of Acceptable Repertoire Pieces

Keyboard Proficiency Examinations for non-piano majors(*) will be offered this semester on:

  • April 16
  • April 23
  • April 30
  • May 7

These are all Fridays.

Exams will be heard by Zoom.  You must make sure you have access to a piano or digital keyboard with full-size keys in order to take the exam.

COVID EXCEPTION:  Because many students are using smaller instruments for practice and preparation: until further notice, 2-octave scales will be acceptable for items R and 11 of the keyboard proficiency requirements.

The signup deadline for a proficiency date is 5pm on the Monday immediately before that date.  Proficiency times for a date will be made available until the deadline for that date.

See below for likely future proficiency dates for non-piano majors. 

The exam is NOT offered at the beginning of Fall or Spring semester—only at the end of each session (including Summer).

Undergraduate students who have not passed the Proficiency must register for a Secondary Piano course during Fall and Spring semesters.

P131 students must have signed permission from their instructor to take the exam.  P121 or P111 students may not take the exam.

Signup is through this Canvas course link:


Visit the Canvas link (logging in to Canvas using IU authentication if necessary), and click  "enroll in course"

AFTER you have done so:

  1. In the left navigation menu, click “Calendar”.  Make sure that "Keyboard Proficiencies, Fall 2020" is highlighted as an active calendar.
  2. Click "Find Appointment" on the right.
  3. Sign up for a proficiency slot in one of the available proficiency days.

Time slots for proficiencies this semester are open now.  

Availability of exam times is NOT guaranteed for those who sign up later than 5pm on the appropriate Monday.

Students are expected to have all items prepared for their exam.  Ordinarily, a student who cannot pass all items within a single examination must repeat the entire exam.

The exam may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Students may sign up for multiple exam dates within a single semester, but should wait to learn the result on a given date before signing up for another.

48-hour materials will be emailed to you at your official IU email address two days before the exam.  If you have questions about materials or repertoire (click here for repertoire information), or if you want to play for us to check your progress, stop by https://iu.zoom.us/my/docartle during office hours.  Questions can also be directed to: secpiano@indiana.edu , or phone 855-9009

* Piano Major Proficiencies will be held on Saturday, April 24.  The signup deadline will be 5pm Tuesday, April 20, with 48-hour pieces emailed on Thursday, April 22.

Tentative Future Examination Dates for Non-Piano-Majors

While provided to aid in planning, the following are tentative, and subject-to-change.  Finalized proficiency dates for upcoming semesters or sessions will be posted here at the beginning of each semester or session.


  • Friday, July 16

Fall 2021:

  • November 12
  • November 19
  • December 3
  • December 10