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The Piano Proficiency Exam Review Book

Lucy Mauro and Scott Beard

Publication Date - December 2019

ISBN: 9780190933937

216 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

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Written with busy music majors in mind, The Piano Proficiency Exam Review Book provides an easy-to-understand guide to the Piano Proficiency Exam. In eight review sections, authors and Peabody Institute alumni Lucy Mauro and Scott Beard provide an invaluable cache of tips, exercises, and practice exams. The sections address all aspects of piano performance for the non-piano music major: seating, arm, and hand positions; scales and arpeggios; cadences; vocal warmups; harmonization/transposition; score reading; and solo literature. While studying the book, students can expect to ask themselves, "Am I at the proper distance from the piano?" and, "Are my wrists level with the white keys?" among other gentle reminders that encourage mindfulness and positivity at the piano bench. Whether adapted for a school's exam requirements, private lessons, music therapy sessions, or general music classes, lessons and exercises in The Piano Proficiency Exam Review Book will make time spent at the piano an enjoyable experience.


  • Only review book focused on the Piano Proficiency Exam
  • Includes vocal warm-up accompaniments, over 40 standard melodies, composer biographies, and glossary of piano-related terms
  • Provides self-tests for study at home

About the Author(s)

Pianist Lucy Mauro is Associate Professor at West Virginia University. Her critically acclaimed recordings for Delos have received a 2018 ICMA nomination, a 2017 GRAMMY nomination, a 2013 NAXOS Critics' Choice, and a 2011 Recording of the Year by MusicWeb International.

Scott Beard, pianist and Provost at Shepherd University, was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year. His students have won prizes in regional, national and international competitions. Concerts as a soloist, and chamber musician have taken him throughout the US, Europe and South America.

Table of Contents


    I. Review I: Position at the Piano
    II. Review II: Scales and Arpeggios
    III. Review III: Cadences and Pedaling
    IV. Review IV: Vocal Warm-up Exercises
    V. Review V: Harmonization and Transposition
    VI. Review VI: Sight Reading
    VII. Review VII: Improvisation
    VIII. Review VIII: Score Reading
    IX. Review IX: Solo Repertoire
    X. Review X: Practice Exams

    Appendix I: Supplemental Scales, Chords and Arpeggios
    Appendix II: Diagram of the Piano
    Appendix III: Selected Composer Biographies