Proficiency examinations on the applied instrument and in basic musicianship must be passed before advancing as a major. Advanced standing in music is contingent on the satisfactory demonstration of these skills at the conclusion of the sophomore year.

Proficiency examinations are required of all transfer students, as well as currently enrolled Alcorn State University music majors, who take courses in music theory or music history at other institutions of higher learning. These students must demonstrate competency in each level of music theory or music history before continuing on to the next higher level.

All music majors are required to pass the piano proficiency examination. This examination is normally scheduled at the conclusion of the sophomore and junior years.

Music education majors must meet piano proficiency requirements prior to directed teaching.