Piano

Piano audition requirements

Prescreen required for all applicants. 

The following information is for the 2020-2021 school year. In response to the ongoing global health crisis, we are currently reviewing our audition procedures for the 2021-2022 school year to meet state and university guidelines related to COVID-19. Please check back for updates!

Guidelines for all applicants

  • Applicants, except those applying for the doctoral program, must submit prescreen materials by December 1, 2020. Doctoral applicants must submit prescreen materials by January 10, 2021.
  • All pieces must be presented from memory.
  • Repertoire choices for prescreen may differ from the final audition program. Please select repertoire that represents your true level of technical achievement and artistry.
  • Recordings must be 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)

 

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

Master's or Diploma applicants may apply for an Associate Instructor position by requesting an interview on the Jacobs School of Music Supplemental Application. If indicated on your application, you will be scheduled for an interview during your audition to explore your pedagogical background, teaching experience, and ability to teach effectively in English.

Doctoral applicants

Doctor of Music (D.M.)

  • A program of substantial scope and length including works from at least three differing stylistic periods, presented in their entirety

For prescreen, D.M. applicants must also submit: 

  • 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, must be received by the Jacobs School Office of Admissions by December 1, 2020. Application and prescreen recording will not be reviewed unless English proficiency has been met. 

If selected for a live audition/interview, D.M. applicants will be scheduled to perform for the faculty on TBD. 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. You may include pieces submitted as part of the prescreen.

All doctoral applicants are considered for Associate Instructor positions.

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