Keyboard Skills and Musicianship Requirements and Exemptions

Keyboard Skills
The BMus degree at Mount Allison University requires the approximate level equivalent of RCM Grade Four (see keyboard requirements in the table below). These skills are instructed and tested as part of our two year-long musicianship courses, Musicianship I, MUSC 1703 and Musicianship II, MUSC 2703. In Musicianship I, you will work through the Grade One and Two requirements of this sequence. In Musicianship II, you will work through Grades Three and Four.  

Policies
At the beginning of each semester, you will have the opportunity to take a keyboard placement exam for each grade level. If you choose, the mark that you receive on the exam will be counted as your keyboard grade for the semester/course. As a result, you will be exempt from attending keyboard classes but will still be required to attend the other Musicianship classes. If you are not content with your mark on the keyboard exam, you may choose to attend the keyboard classes and to retake the exam at the end of the semester. If you decide to take the class instead of accepting the keyboard placement result, the end-of-semester grade will count towards your final grade. 

Keyboard Exemption Requirements
For exemption from each grade level, you should prepare all the materials corresponding to the level listed below.  

Keyboard Materials 
This course follows the current RCM 2015 Syllabus. All keyboard skills materials can be found on reserve in the Mount Allison University Alfred Whitehead Music Library listed under “MUSC 1703/2703 Keyboard Skills Course Materials”. All required music is published in the RCM Celebration Series (2015 edition). Printed material for technical requirements can be found here

Keyboard Exam Details 
The 2017 Keyboard Skills placement exams will take place between 12:30pm and 3pm on Monday, September 4, 2017, Room 204 (Choral Room). To register for an exam time please contact Dr. Gayle h Martin at ghmartin@mta.ca to schedule a time.

Contact 
For assistance with locating the repertoire and further inquiries concerning exemption and placement policies for BMus Keyboard Skills, please contact ghmartin@mta.ca

Keyboard Skills Placement Exam Requirements 
Note for All Levels: Scales are performed legato in eighth notes. Broken triads are performed in triplets. Solid triads are performed with a quarter note followed by a quarter-note rest. Examples of technical requirements can be found here

All pieces and technical requirements for the grade level attempted must be prepared, although examiners may choose only select portions. 

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Musicianship Skills (Dictation and Sight Singing)
In addition to the keyboard skills discussed above, the Musicianship courses at Mount Allison University include components for dictation (harmonic, rhythmic and melodic) and sight singing. These skills are instructed and tested as part of our two year-long musicianship courses, Musicianship I, MUSC 1703 and Musicianship II, MUSC 2703. It is also possible to test out of these parts of the course (see below).

Policies 
At the beginning of each year, you will have the opportunity to take Musicianship Exemption exams in dictation and sight singing. If you choose, the marks that you receive on the exams will be counted as your grade for the semester for those parts. As a result, you will be exempt from attending the corresponding Musicianship classes. If you are not content with your mark on the exams, you may choose to attend the course and to retake the exams at the end of the semester. If you decide to take the class instead of accepting the placement results, the end-of-semester grade will count towards your final grade.  

Please note that the Musicianship Exemption Exams differ in purpose to the Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is required for all potential/incoming students and helps appraise your knowledge and skill, whereas Musicianship Exemption Exams are optional and determine exemption from one or more parts of the Musicianship sequence (MUSC 1703 and MUSC 2703).

Materials 
We currently use the following text: Steven Laitz, Skills and Musicianship Workbook to Accompany The Complete Musician, 3rd Edition (Oxford: Oxford U. Press, 2012). 

For Musicianship I, MUSC 1703, the placement exam will test material covered in Chapters 1–7 of the Laitz Workbook. 
For Musicianship II, MUSC 2703, the placement exam will test material covered in Chapters 8–15 of the Laitz Workbook.

Complete Musicianship Exemptions 
It is possible to test out of all components of Musicianship I and II (keyboard, dictation, and sight singing). As noted above, placements tests are offered at the beginning of each year for the three segments of Musicianship I and II. A minimum grade of 80% is required for each part (dictation, sight-singing, and keyboard skills) in order to be considered for exemption from the entire course.  

Musicianship Exemption Exam Details 
The Musicianship Exemption exams will take place as indicated below:

  • Sight Singing Exemption, Tuesday, Sept. 5: MUSC 1703, 2:30-3:30pm; MUSC 2703, 10am-11am. Sign-up sheet outside Room 107.
  • Dictation Exemption, Thursday, Sept. 7: MUSC 1703, 2:30-3:20pm; MUSC 2703, 10am-10:50am. Sign-up sheet outside Room 107.

Contact 
For more information and further inquiries concerning exemption and placement policies for BMus Musicianship, please contact ghmartin@mta.ca