Young Pianists Program

Young Pianists Program

How to Apply


Quick Links

NEW students: Please contact Dr. Karen Taylor at karmtayl@indiana.edu before registering.  Pay only the $15 registration fee at this time pending teacher availability.


Registration

Go to the online application. Your email is your user name. Create a password and retain for future access to the account. Please complete all fields on the application.  If you are not applying for a tuition remission or courtesy discount, full payment is due at time of registration. You may pay by credit card online, or by check immediately following registration.

If you are applying for Financial Aid or a Merit Award, please defer payment until you are informed what financial support, if any, your child has received. See below for deadlines and forms!

Spring 2018 Online Registration: CLICK HERE!

To make changes to your account including adding tuition, or to make a payment, please see the directions HERE.

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Fees

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $15  MUST be paid at the time of application to be considered registered
Financial Aid Application Fee: $10
One 60-minute private lesson per week: $575
Two 30-minute private lessons per week (for younger children and beginners): $575
Music Theory: $85 per semester for 14 hours of instruction (one hour per week on Saturday mornings).

  • All private lesson times are by arrangement with the student's private instructor
  • New students should contact Dr. Karen Taylor for a teacher assignment karmtayl@indiana.edu (812)336-4465, Noon-2:30pm and evenings 9:00-11:30pm
  • Do not pay the full tuition fee online until you have been informed that your child has been assigned a teacher. Pay only the non-refundable registration fee.

*Please DO NOT send checks or other forms of payment to the Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs.

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Deadlines

Spring Registration Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018 *late applicants accepted by permission of the Director

Financial Aid Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - See "Financial Aid" below for instructions

Tuition and Fees Deadline: Monday, January 8, 2018 (unless applying for financial aid)

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Forms

Required Forms

All students must download and submit the required forms below when registering, or in any case no later than than by the second week of classes. These forms are due yearly so if you submitted them last fall you are NOT required to submit them again.

Required Forms (Click to Download)

***Please Note: Do Not send the document via e-mail.

You may return the forms via:

  • Fax: (812) 855-4936, ATTN: Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs
  • Mail: 
Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs
IU Jacobs School of Music
1201 E. 3rd St. Merrill Hall 006
Bloomington, IN 47405

Young Pianists Program Handbook

Download the Young Pianists Program Handbook [PDF] for policies, guidelines and detailed information about the program. You may download Adobe Acrobat here.

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Tuition Remissions
  • Tuition remissions almost never exceed 30% of tuition fees, and are awarded only during the Fall and Spring semesters. No tuition remissions or discounts are offered for the Summer session.
  • Partial fee remissions may be awarded on the basis of financial need, artistic merit, or a combination of these two. A student wishing to be considered for both types of award must submit two applications, one of each type.
  • Note: International students may apply for merit-based awards but are not eligible for need-based financial aid. Only U.S. citizens and Permanent Legal Residents may apply for financial aid
  • If artistic merit or financial aid is not awarded, or if there is a balance due after the tuition remission is applied, the outstanding balance must be paid in full immediately.

Financial Aid

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents may apply for financial aid if the total family income is less than $35,000 per year, or if the student currently qualifies for his or her school's free or reduced price lunch program. For information about whether or not you qualify for your reduced lunch program, please CLICK HERE.  Financial aid applications are handled with strict confidentiality.

To be eligible for financial aid, a student must also have studied piano in the Young Pianists Program for at least one semester, or must be completing his/her first term in the Program. This rule is waived for students who successfully complete the 7-week Piano Pedagogy (E493) practicum.

Step 1:

Use the online registration procedure to create your student record. Tuition payment is not required at this time. Pay only the registration fee ($15) and financial aid fee ($10) at this time. After submitting the $25 payment, go to step 2.

Step 2:

Download the financial aid application: Click HERE

Mail the following 3 items  to the address on the financial aid application

  • Completed Financial Aid application
  • Copies of parent/guardian's most recently completed Federal Tax Form
  • Copies of W2's

Step 3:

Once the tuition remission, if any, has been determined, you will be notified by email. At that time, return to the student's online record using your previously created user name and password, and pay any balance due. The student may begin lessons while financial aid is being determined. If no financial aid is awarded, the entire tuition and fees are due immediately following notification.

Questions? Please contact: the Office of Pre-College and Summer Programs at musicsp@indiana.edu or call (812) 855-6025

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Artistic Merit Award

Note: competition for merit awards is intense, and the scholarship budget is small. Students who are young and have not studied piano for long are unlikely to receive a merit award. In determining awards, the Director will consult with an applicant's teacher regarding general progress, lesson attendance, practice habits, etc.

Step 1:

Use the online registration procedure to create your student record. Pay only the $15 registration fee. Tuition payment is not required at this time. Email your request for a merit award to: Dr. Karen Taylor karmtayl@indiana.edu.

What to Include in Your Letter of Request:

State the reasons why the student deserves a merit-based award. The determination of merit awards is based primarily on the following:

  • exceptional ability and promise as demonstrated in performance and lessons
  • progress and work ethic (evaluated in consultation with principle teacher)
  • information provided in the application letter
  • successful past participation in Young Pianists or other pre-college music programs

Be specific when writing your letter of request. Among the topics you may wish to address:

  • musical activities:  recitals, school and church performances, music clubs, summer music camps, etc.
  • musical achievements: honors and awards received, competitive auditions won, performances in master classes or selective events, scholarships or grants for music study
  • Other considerations: tell us anything else you feel we should know; e.g. you may want to mention the student's feelings about music, dedication, or musical ambitions; or you may want to discuss special circumstances you would like us to take into account

Step 2:

Once the award has been determined, families will be notified by email. At that time, return to student's record using your previously created user name and password, and pay remaining fees.

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Courtesy Discounts for Multiple Siblings or Classes

Courtesy discounts are offered only during the Fall and Spring semesters. Discounts are NOT automatically applied to students' accounts when this option is chosen, but are subject to approval by the Program Director and the Special Programs office. If unsure whether you qualify, contact the Special Programs Office: 812-855-6025 or musicsp@indiana.edu. You may delay payment until any requested discount is approved.

Piano Lessons Discount: Families with 3 or more children enrolled concurrently in the Young Pianists Program are eligible for a $150 discount each semester on piano tuition (one discount per family).

Theory Class Discounts:  In order to encourage students learning piano or another instrument to enrich their musical education by taking Theory classes, Young Pianists offers substantial discounts to most families enrolling 2 or more children in Theory classes. Individual students taking 2 Theory classes concurrently are also eligible for a discount on the second class.  Theory discounts are in units of $40. The number of theory discounts a family may claim depends on how many siblings study piano through the Young Pianists, as well as how many theory classes each child takes. Classes must be taken in the same semester to qualify for the discount.

Please read the Table of Theory Class Discounts below carefully.


Individual students:

1 student taking 1 Theory class: no discount

1 student taking 2 Theory classes, whether studying piano through Y.P. or not: 1 discount ($40)


Families with at least 2 siblings taking piano lessons through Young Pianists (discount is per family):

2 siblings, one taking 1 Theory class, the other not enrolled in Theory: no discount

2 siblings, one taking 2 Theory classes, the other not enrolled in Theory: 1 discount ($40)

2 siblings, each taking 1 Theory class: 1 discount ($40)

2 siblings, one taking 2 Theory classes, the other taking 1 class: 2 discounts ($80)

2 siblings, each taking 2 Theory classes: 3 discounts ($120)

3 or more siblings, each taking 1 Theory class: 2 discounts ($80)

3 or more siblings taking a combined total of 4 or more Theory classes: 3 discounts ($120)


If enrolling 2 or more siblings, one of whom takes piano lessons through Young Pianists:

2 siblings, one taking 1 Theory class, the other not enrolled in Theory: no discount

2 siblings, each taking 1 Theory class: 1 discount ($40)

2 siblings, 1 taking 2 Theory classes, the other taking 1 Theory class: 2 discounts ($80)

2 or more siblings, each taking 2 Theory classes: 2 discounts ($80)*


If not studying piano through Young Pianists:

2 siblings, each taking 1 Theory class: no discount

2 or more siblings, taking a combined total of 3 Theory classes: 1 discount ($40)

2 or more siblings, taking a combined total of 4 or more Theory classes: 2 discounts ($80)*

*Note:  $80 is the maximum Theory discount for families with less than 2 children studying piano through Young Pianists.

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Refund Policy
  • Requests to withdraw from the Program must be submitted in writing to the Director (karmtayl@indiana.edu ), cc/the Coordinator of Special Programs (musicsp@indiana.edu) .  Verbal requests will not be honored.
  • A $50 processing fee will be deducted from all tuition refunds.  Students who register but withdraw from piano lessons or theory prior to the start of the term will be refunded 100% of the tuition paid minus the non-refundable registration fee ($15) and processing fee ($50).
  • Students who begin lessons but notify the director within the first two weeks that they intend to withdraw will be refunded 75% of tuition, minus registration and processing fees. 
  • Students who withdraw between the start of week three and the end of week six may be refunded up to 50% of tuition (minus fees).  After week six of the semester or week three of the Summer term, no portion of tuition will be refunded.
  • In the event of serious illness/injury or relocation, a pro-rated refund may be issued at the discretion of the Director.

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