Keyboard Studies Program at the Frost School of Music

Keyboard Studies program is offered in 4 levels—MKP 140, 141, 240, 241—to satisfy the Keyboard Skills requirement within the Experiential Music Curriculum. Placement examinations for incoming Freshmen are held during the orientation week. If you have no prior piano/keyboard experience, you will not have to take this placement exam as you will automatically placed in the first level course, MKP 140. Depending on your particular program, the requirement varies from 2 levels to all 4 levels. Exam Rubric for each exam as well as detailed syllabi can be accessed through your BlackBoard or by request.

If you wish to be “waived out” of any of the levels, the testing is offered only up to the end of the “Add” period of the semester in which you are required to take the course to avoid unnecessary delays in requirement completion towards your degree. No exceptions are made to this rule. If you are currently in one of the Keyboard Studies classes, it is recommended that you consult with your current instructor for recommendation/approval before contacting the Program Director (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) for appointments. 

PLEASE NOTE the new course rotation as follows.

  • Fall semester: MKP 140 (Leve I) and MKP 240 (Level II)
  • Spring semester: MKP 141 (Level II) and MKP 241 (Level IV)
  • Please carefully discuss schedule with your advisor with the above information in mind, or you will risk not being able to finish your requirement in a timely manner.


  • Required text: Alfred’s Group Piano for Adults, 2nd Edition (E. L. Lancaster and K. Renfrow)
  • Examinations: 3 examinations per semester.
  • Recommended practice outside of class: 20-30 minutes each day
  • Practice:
    Yamaha Lab (WML 138) open hours for practice: M-TR 7-10 PM, Sun 4-10.

    Every effort is made to keep both keyboard labs open in between classes. Please feel free to ask for help/tutoring from any of the Keyboard TAs in between classes—they are there to help you regardless of your section/level enrollment.

  • If you are a NON-MUSIC MAJOR interested in taking a group-piano course as an elective, please look for offerings in MKP 111 and 112. These classes fill out very quickly, so early registration is recommended.

    Current Syllabi and Exam Rubrics

    Current materials can be viewed at Syllabi and Exam Rubrics