Piano Academy

June 20 - July 11, 2020

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How to Register

1. Online registration for Summer 2020 CLICK HERE!

2. Pay only the $70 registration fee either online by credit card or by check. Check payments should be mailed to the address on your application. Do NOT mail checks with audition materials.

3. Send audition materials (outlined below) to:

karmtayl@indiana.edu or

Dr. Karen Taylor, Piano Academy Director
IU Jacobs School of Music
1201 E. 3rd St. Merrill Hall 006
Bloomington, IN  47405

4. If accepted, you will be notified by email.

5. Once accepted, finish registration online and pay tuition/housing costs in full by June 1, 2020 to secure your place in Piano Academy '20!

Contact Dr. Karen Taylor:  karmtayl@indiana.edu  (812)-336-4465

Here are some payment instructions [PDF], should you need them.

***Please note: Registration for the Pre-college programs is done entirely online. We do not provide any paper application materials.***



Non-refundable application fee: $70 
Tuition with housing and meals: $3875
Tuition only (Commuters): $2536
      *includes activity fee
Commuter Meal Card (optional): $250
Feldenkrais Classes (optional): $90 for 8 one-hour classes
Parking pass (optional): $20/wk.



Pre-registration: Friday, April 11, 2020
Merit and/or financial aid application: Monday, April 6, 2020
Total fees deadline: Monday, June 1, 2020

Students are encouraged to apply early, (preferably by March), rather than waiting until the final deadline nears. Those who need an early decision due to an invitation from another program should contact the Director.  An early acceptance from the Academy is usually possible if admission is certain.



Check-in for the Piano Academy will be from 12:00pm-3:30pm in the Spruce Residence Hall Lounge on Saturday, June 20th 2020. Please see the Map.

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 Audition requirements
  1. List of repertoire studied during the past two years. Indicate pieces that have been memorized or performed in recital.
  2. Unedited YouTube recording (highly preferred) or unedited CD/DVD of two pieces of contrasting character and style. If you attended the Piano Academy in 2018 or 2019, an audition recording is not required unless explicitly requested by the Directors.
  3. Principal teacher's recommendation.
  4. Send audition materials only to:

karmtayl@indiana.edu  or

Dr. Karen Taylor, Piano Academy Director
IU Jacobs School of Music
1201 E. 3rd St. Merrill Hall 006
Bloomington, IN  47405

If you have questions about the audition recording regarding suitable repertoire, recording equipment, etc., you may email a link to your YouTube recording to Dr. Taylor (karmtayl@indiana.edu). However, you must also send your audition recording (or a link to it) to karmtayl@indiana.edu.

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Financial Aid and Artistic Merit Awards

The Piano Academy offers partial financial aid and artistic merit scholarships to qualified students.
Academy awards, whether for artistic merit, financial need or a combination of the two, almost never exceed 45% of total fees.

Financial Aid (need-based assistance)

The maximum need-based award to Piano Academy students is 25% of total fees.  Students eligible to apply for both need-based financial aid and merit-based awards may in some cases receive a combined award. Note: To apply for need-based financial aid, you must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

To apply for financial aid:

Step 1:

Use the online registration procedure to create your student record. Tuition/housing payment is not required at this point in the application process. Pay only the registration fee and financial aid fee at this time. Upon completion of the $80 payment, go to Step 2.

Step 2:

Download the financial aid application (Click Here) and mail the following 3 items below to the address on the financial aid application.

-Completed Financial Aid Application

-Photocopies of parent/guardian's most recent signed Federal Tax Form 1040

-Copies of most recent W2s

Step 3:

If a tuition discount is awarded, the recipient's family will be contacted by email and given further instructions. At that time, you will be able to return to the student's record using your previously created user name and password, and pay the remaining fees due. Questions? Please contact: the Office of Precollege and Summer Programs at musicsp@indiana.edu or call (812) 855-6025.

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To apply for a merit award:

Email a letter of request to Dr. Karen Taylor at karmtayl@indiana.edu, or mail your letter to:

Dr. Karen M. Taylor, Piano Academy Director
I.U. Jacobs School of Music
1201 East 3rd St.
Bloomington, IN 47405. 

The maximum financial assistance awarded by Piano Academy--whether merit, need-based, or combined--almost never exceeds 45% of total fees.

Please address the following points in your letter:

-List any musical honors and/or special achievements. Include competitions, but don't limit yourself to these. Tell us about anything significant you have accomplished in music.

-List all prizes and scholarships received from educational or musical organizations during the past 2 years. Specify who gave the award, when it was awarded, and the amount received.

-Have you received or do you plan to apply for any awards, scholarships, or prizes that are specifically for summer music study, either at the Piano Academy or elsewhere? If so, list the source of the funding and the amount received or applied for. If a decision on your application for an award or stipend from an outside (non-Piano Academy) source of funding is still pending, please note that.

-Without financial assistance, can you still attend the Piano Academy? If not, please tell us why not.

-Anything else that you would like us to take into consideration.

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The Piano Academy will respond in one of three ways to a student's application: admit, decline, or waitlist. Most students will be notified electronically and will receive their packet of registration materials shortly thereafter, also by email. Wait-listed students are admitted when/if slots open up, and generally can expect to be notified later in May.

Applicants who need an early decision (e.g. because of another program’s pending deadline) may request this by emailing the director.  Usually the Academy can accommodate if we have all application materials in hand and the decision is clear-cut. Incomplete applications will not be processed. To request an early decision please contact Dr. Karen Taylor, director (click on "Contact Us" in the left menu).
Late applications will be accepted on the basis of available space.

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Refunds and Cancellations

Cancellations must be made in writing to the Director, cc' the Office of Special Programs, and are subject to the following deadlines and fees;

-Cancellations prior to 5 days before arrival incur a $200 cancellation penalty (this includes the $70 non-refundable registration fee plus processing fees). Any remaining fees paid (minus the $200 cancellation charge) will be refunded.

-Cancellations less than 5 days prior to arrival will not receive a refund except in the case of a documented emergency.

-No refunds will be offered for dismissal due to violation of Piano Academy, Indiana University, state, or federal rules, early departure due to homesickness; voluntary withdrawal or temporary absence.

When circumstances necessitating withdrawal are beyond the student’s control (e.g., serious illness, or death in the student’s family), exceptions to the above policy may be made on the recommendation of the Directors.

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Student Jobs

The Summer Piano Academy is seeking:

  • 2 student Librarians
  • 2 student Peer Counselors (one male, one female) 


  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be enrolled in the Summer Piano Academy
  • Because this is a state institution, applicants must also be U.S. citizens or Permanent Legal Residents.

Librarian and Peer Counselor positions do not require a heavy time commitment. Both jobs are compatible with full participation in Academy activities. You may apply for both jobs if desired but you can only be appointed to one, so indicate your first preference if submitting 2 applications. We are looking for mature students who are eager to help create a positive academic and social environment. Returning students in particular are encouraged to apply since familiarity with School of Music facilities and Academy procedures is highly desirable, but any participant meeting the above criteria may apply. Librarians will be selected prior to the start of the session. Peer Counselors may be appointed beforehand, but we reserve the right not to fill one or both counselor’s posts if no candidate fully meets the criteria, or to select Peer Counselors after the session begins. 

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Student Librarian (2 positions available)

Responsibilities and expectations:

-Locate and sign out multiple copies of music scores from the Cook Music Library prior to each master class and interactive class (repertoire will be posted in advance). This usually takes no more than 20-30 min. once you are familiar with the layout of the library.

-Distribute scores at the start of class. Retain a record of which students take scores.

-Collect scores at the end of each class; verify that none are missing. Return books to the Music Library.

Selection criteria:

-Uphold and adhere to all University and Piano Academy policies

-Must be highly responsible and well-organized (the library fine to replace a lost book can be over $100!)

-Resourceful and thorough: copies of the same piece are often shelved in several different places (e.g., you will find the “Pathetique” sonata with Beethoven’s works for solo piano, but also in the genre section under “Sonatas, piano”)

-Computer literate—enough so to be comfortable using IUCAT, the on-line library catalogue.

-Some understanding of the Library of Congress classification system is helpful. If you’re not familiar with the LC system, you can get to know it by browsing the Library online catalogue.


-Approximately $130-$150 total for the duration of the Academy depending on how many hours worked (training will be compensated).

-Resumé building work experience

-Depending on your performance, a positive written recommendation.

Training: Student Librarians are required to visit the Cook Music Library the first Monday of Academy during “Free time” for a brief orientation tour and explanation of how to consult the online catalogue from terminals on site. After meeting with library staff, we expect you to spend about an hour getting to know the catalogue and the various areas where piano scores are shelved.

Time Commitment: Ca. 30-40 minutes/day to take out and/or return books on days when there is a master class or interactive class, plus the training/orientation time.

To apply for the student's librarian position : send a letter by email or fax to the Director stating that you wish to be considered for a Librarian's position. Send to:

Email: karmtayl@indiana.edu

Fax: (812) 855-4936 -- Attn: Dr. Karen M. Taylor, Piano Academy.

In your letter please indicate:

-The qualities, both personal and musical,  which will make you a good student librarian

-Any prior work experience which is relevant to this job (for example, any work in a library or as a librarian of a school music ensemble). Indicate whether you are familiar with the Library of Congress classification system or IUCAT library online catalogue, or will be so before you arrive at Piano Academy.

-Your written permission for us to speak to your prinicipal piano teacher or work supervisor about your suitability for the post. 

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Peer Counselor (2 positions available)

Responsibilities and expectations:

-Uphold and adhere to all University and Piano Academy policies

-Serve as a personal and artistic role model for students

-Serve as an informational resource, advise students and assist with conflict resolution as needed. Ideally, participants should feel that they can discuss any type of problem with the Peer Counselor. The Peer Counselor may not be able to solve it, but s/he should know where to seek help and have the good judgment to know when help is needed.

-Assist adult counselors in responding to emergencies

-Encourage social interaction among students, responsible conduct, and consideration for others. Help foster an esprit de corps in the group.

-Help out as needed on outings off campus. Accompany younger students who would like to walk across campus or visit nearby book/music stores during “Free time” (you will not be asked to do this more than once or twice).

-Assist with check-in and orientation procedures if we need your help.

Selection Criteria:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be extremely responsible and mature
  • Leadership ability, enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude
  • Communication and social skills
  • Commitment to contributing to a positive and nurturing environment for all

Training: Peer Counselors will attend a training session either after the Orientation Meeting (Saturday evening 6/24) or soon after being appointed. A counselor trainer will inform them about residence hall and campus support services, and alert them to signs indicating that a student may be having difficulties. The trainer will also present hypothetical situations that may arise, and discuss appropriate responses to these.

Time Commitment: Apart from duties you may be assigned on the opening Sunday or during outings and “Free time”, Peer Counselors have few set work hours. Your primary roles are 1) to set the tone by being a model and 2) to be “on call” to help resolve problems that may arise. Depending on the constitution of the group, there may be little or considerable demand for your advisory services. Hours will vary from none on some days to several on days when we have outings off campus, but an hour a day on average is the maximum time commitment expected of Peer Counselors—usually less.

Compensation (other than the intrinsic benefits to you):

  • $180-$200 for the session, depending on actual hours worked.
  • Resumé building work experience
  • Depending upon your contribution and performance, a positive and strongly-worded written recommendation

To apply for the peer counselor position: send a letter by e-mail or FAX to the Director stating that you wish to be considered for a Peer Counselor’s position. Send to: 

E-mail: karmtayl@indiana.edu 

Fax (812) 855-4936 -- Attn. Dr. Karen M. Taylor, Piano Academy. 

In your letter, please indicate:

  • The qualities, both personal and musical, which will make you a good Peer Counselor
  • Any prior work experience which is relevant to this job
  • Your written permission for us to speak to your principal piano teacher about your suitability for the post.

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The Jacobs School of Music reserves the right to cancel a workshop if enrollment is not met. Participants will be informed 2 weeks before the start of the workshop and receive a full refund.
Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution.
Indiana University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Students who believe that they are eligible for an accommodation should contact Disability Services for Students at (812) 855-7578 or iubdss@indiana.edu