Indiana University

Audition Information

Piano Requirements

Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Artist Diploma (A.D.)

Doctor of Music (D.M.)


 Along with the application to the Jacobs School of Music, all applicants in piano must submit a screening recording online to the Office of Music Admissions. This recording must be submitted online to the admissions office no later than December 1, 2013.  (For DM applicants only, the submission deadline is January 13, 2014 and MUST be sent directly to the Office of Music Admissions in the mail). Recordings will be reviewed by a committee from the Piano Department shortly after the deadline. We encourage you to apply as early as possible and cannot guarantee that recordings which arrive after the December 1 deadline will be heard by the committee or considered for advancement in the admission process. We encourage you to produce your recording well in advance of the deadline, because illness and emergency at the last moment could result in a late submission.

Screening repertoire should meet repertoire requirements (below) but may differ from the final audition program.

Recordings must be DVDs or CDs.Be certain that the recording is of good quality, and  your recording should be produced without any artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb. You should make your recording on a piano of adequate quality that is in tune.

All recordings must be submitted online (except for DM applicants), please click here for detailed instructions.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)


B.M. applicants should prepare:

(1) one Prelude and Fugue from J.S. Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier;

(2) one complete Beethoven Sonata (except Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2 and Op. 79);

(3) a romantic work demonstrating considerable technical accomplishment; and

(4) a twentieth or twenty-first-century work of the applicant's choice.

All pieces must be presented from memory.  Applicants must also submit a complete repertoire of works performed or studied at the time of application to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Please email this list to musicadm@indiana.edu.

Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.)

Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.)

Bachelor of Music in Composition, with a Piano Concentration

All B.M.E., B.M. Composition, and B.S.O.F. applicants should prepare:

(1) one Prelude and Fugue from J.S. Bach, Well-Tempered Clavier;

(2) any first movement of a Sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart; and

(3) a short work from the nineteenth or twentieth century.

All pieces must be presented from memory. Applicants must also submit a complete repertoire of works performed or studied at the time of application to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Artist Diploma (A.D.)

All Master's and Diploma applicants should prepare from memory three major contrasting works from different styles and periods. Any sonata presented should be presented in its entirety. Master of Music and Performer Diploma applicants who are admitted on the basis of a recorded audition will be required to perform one piece of their choice during the first week of the semester. Applicants must also submit a complete repertoire of works performed or studied at the time of application to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Master's or Diploma applicants in piano may apply for an Associate Instructor position by requesting an interview on the application form. The Piano Associate Instructor interview, scheduled during the applicant's audition visit, explores the applicant's pedagogical background, teaching experience, and ability to teach effectively in English.

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Doctor of Music auditions in piano are granted only after the faculty has reviewed screening CDs (Please do not send DVD's for DM screening).CDs must be received by the Office of Music Admissions no later than January 13, 2014. The CD repertoire should be of substantial scope and length, and include works from at least three differing stylistic periods. The CD should be accompanied by a complete list of repertoire ever learned, studied, performed or rehearsed by the applicant (solo, chamber, and concerto), an endorsement from the applicant's most recent piano teacher and  a written personal statement about the applicant's goals for the degree. Evidence of an acceptable TOEFL score must be submitted together with the application by December 1, 2013. If an admissible TOEFL score of (600 PBT, 250 CBT, 100 IBT) has not been received by the Office of Admissions by the application deadline of December 1, 2013, the application and CD will not be reviewed.

Doctoral applicants whose screening CDs are selected for an in-person audition and interview will be scheduled to perform for the faculty on March 3 or 4, 2014. The committee will select works to be heard from the submitted program; a short interview will follow, exploring the applicant's general preparedness for the degree. The program should be of substantial scope, with complete works from at least three differing style period, and may include pieces submitted as part of the screening process. Any questions regarding repertoire should be directed to the chair of the piano department.

All Doctoral applicants in piano are considered applicants for Associate Instructor positions.