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University of Colorado Denver

College of Arts & Media

Piano Lab Overview

Requirements and Placements

Inside of a Steinway piano in the Concert Hall
Inside of a Steinway piano in the Concert Hall

The Bachelor of Science in Music Degree encompasses a variety of foundational classes in Performance Music, Music Business, and Recording Arts.  Keyboard skills are fundamental for songwriting, arranging, producing, musical directing, film scoring, accompanying, and performing in the contemporary music industry.

The Piano Lab experience provides a common instrumental foundation in contemporary piano technique and theory, as well as experience working with the keyboard as a midi controller.  Students in each semester of piano class create projects using LogicPro.  Each station is equipped with an iMac that gives students instant access to multimedia tools such as instructional videos and play along tracks, as well music notation software. 

Depending on the degree program and major, Piano Lab requirements will vary from two to three semesters.  Many students choose to take four semesters.  Piano classes I and II are taken in conjunction with their co-requisite Ear Training and Theory courses.

Piano Class Placement testing for Fall 2013 will be held Wednesday, August 14th and Thursday, August 15th from 3:00-5:00pm in the keyboard lab, ARTS 195.

Testing will take approximately 25 minutes. Please arrive no later than 4:30pm. You will be given the placement exam for the level(s) you want to test out of, and 15 minutes to practice, and the exam takes about 10 minutes.

To prepare for your placement testing, please see the Piano Lab Proficiency Skills handout.

You can reach the Piano Area Head for scheduling a Placement Exam or any additional information at:​

Learn more about the new piano lab setup at, and watch the promo video at​​​