Keyboard skill development is foundational to the study of music. The Piano Proficiency I course is the first of three levels designed to provide developing musicians with basic keyboard competency. Specifically, students will develop piano technique and music theory through keyboard patterns including all major and minor penta-scales, major and minor arpeggios (one octave, hands separately) and scales (two octaves, hands separately), major and minor chord progressions - primary chords in root position (right hand) with left hand roots, sight-reading at the elementary level, simple play-by-ear folk melodies (transposed to any key), and selected solo performance repertoire. Students will be required to prepare an elementary-level accompaniment and demonstrate the ability to read a two-part open score. The Piano Proficiency I Exam is held during finals week. Target completion date of this exam is spring semester of the freshman year. Graded CR/NC.