Piano

Piano audition requirements

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is adapting our audition procedures for 2021-2022 admissions to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19.

 

Guidelines for all applicants

All applicants must submit a recorded video audition by January 15, 2021.

For D.M. and A.D. applicants, this recorded audition will serve as a prescreen recording. For all other applicants, this will serve as your final audition.

Recorded audition guidelines:

  • All pieces must be presented from memory.
  • Video recordings must be unedited and produced without artificial enhancement such as echo or electronic reverb. Performance piano must also be of adequate quality and in tune.
  • You must submit a complete repertoire list of all works performed or studied at the time of application to the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions at musicadm@indiana.edu.

Undergraduate applicants

Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Composition with a Piano Concentration

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
  • One Prelude and Fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
  • One complete sonata by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven
  • One romantic work demonstrating considerable technical accomplishment
  • One twentieth or twenty-first century work of your choice
Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.), Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field (B.S.O.F.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Composition with a Piano Concentration
  • One Prelude and Fugue from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier
  • Any first movement of a Sonata by Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart
  • One short work from the nineteenth or twentieth century

Master's and diploma applicants

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

Master of Music (M.M.), Performer Diploma-Solo Performance (P.D.S.P.), Artist Diploma (A.D.)
  • Three major contrasting works from different styles and periods (any sonata presented should be presented in its entirety)

For A.D. applicants, your recorded audition due on January 15, 2021 will act as a prescreen and must present at least 50 minutes of music. Select applicants will be invited for a second round and be contacted to schedule a live virtual audition with the faculty based on the prescreen review.

For applicants who wish to be considered for an AI position, your recorded video audition due on January 15, 2021 will act as a preliminary round audition for AI consideration. Select applicants will then be contacted to schedule a live virtual audition & AI interview with the faculty. You will be expected to prepare audition requirements based on the repertoire listed on this page, as well as conduct an interview to explore your pedagogical background, teaching experience, and ability to teach effectively in English.

Any questions regarding repertoire should be directed to Dr. David Cartledge at docartle@indiana.edu.

Master's or Diploma applicants may apply for an Associate Instructor position by indicating your interest in AI consideration on the Jacobs School of Music Supplemental Application.

If you indicated that you wish to be considered for an AI position on your application, your recorded video audition will act as a preliminary round audition for AI consideration. Select applicants will then be contacted to schedule a live virtual audition & AI interview with the faculty. The live virtual audition has the same requirements as the prescreening, but you may perform different repertoire from the prescreening/recorded audition if you wish. The AI interview will explore your pedagogical background, teaching experience, and ability to teach effectively in English.

Doctoral applicants

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

Prescreen (due on January 15, 2021)

  • A program of substantial scope and length including works from at least three differing stylistic periods, presented in their entirety
  • A complete list of repertoire ever learned, studied, performed, or rehearsed (solo, chamber, and concerto)
  • An endorsement from the applicant's most recent piano teacher
  • A written personal statement about your goals for the degree
  • TOEFL score, if applicable, must be received by the Jacobs School Office of Admissions by December 1, 2020. Your application and prescreen recording will not be reviewed unless English proficiency has been met. 

Audition

If selected for a live audition/interview, D.M. applicants will be scheduled to perform a live virtual audition and interview with the faculty on March 2-3, 2021. The committee will select works to be heard from the submitted program, and a short interview will follow, exploring your general preparedness for the degree.

Repertoire should include:

A program of substantial scope and length including works from at least three differing stylistic periods, presented in their entirety. You may include pieces submitted as part of the prescreen.

All doctoral applicants are considered for Associate Instructor positions.

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