Contact the Music Graduate Office
East Studio Building 120 (JS 120)
205 S. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
1201 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Hours: 8 am–12 pm, 1–5 pm
E-mail: musgrad [at] indiana [dot] edu
musicdgs [at] indiana [dot] edu (Eric Isaacson), Director
serbes [at] indiana [dot] edu (Sara Erbes), Advisor
anmiller [at] indiana [dot] edu (Angie Miller), Recorder
musgrad [at] indiana [dot] edu (Victoria Wheeler), Secretary
musdoc [at] indiana [dot] edu (Janis Cooper Parker), Doctoral Clerk
Proficiencies more than 10 years old must be revalidated. Proficiencies must also be revalidated for students beginning a second degree more than 10 years after beginning a first.
Doctoral students must complete all proficiencies by the end of their fifth semester of enrollment.
All music graduate students, including those whose principal or proficiency instrument is piano, must pass a keyboard proficiency examination or its equivalent. Most students will take the examination on piano, coordinated by the secondary piano program. The early music, guitar, harp, jazz, music theory, and organ departments administer their own exams on appropriate instruments.
The keyboard proficiency requirement is designed to ensure the student’s ability to use the keyboard as a tool within the framework of professional activities, and the requirements vary according to level and area of music study. Entering students whose proficiency examination is heard through the secondary piano program must play a keyboard placement hearing during the orientation period. Students who demonstrate a superior level of playing at this hearing will satisfy the proficiency requirement.
The keyboard proficiency requirement may also be satisfied by passing the examination at any of the times it is offered or by receiving a grade of B or higher in MUS-P 715 Keyboard Review for Graduate Students. The option of MUS-P 715 is not available to majors in early music, guitar, harp, jazz, music theory, organ, piano, or MS Music Education students. To avoid a delay in degree completion, students who are beginning their last semester of coursework and have not yet satisfied the keyboard proficiency requirement are strongly advised to enroll in MUS-P 715.
Keyboard proficiency examinations are normally offered in the latter part of each semester and in the summer term. Organ majors fulfill the keyboard proficiency by passing C504 Keyboard Skills Review and/or C510 Service Playing Review, if necessary. For details, see the secondary piano coordinator or the departmental chairpersons (for early music, guitar, harp, jazz, music theory, and organ).
The keyboard proficiency exam may be repeated if the student does not pass. It is strongly suggested that all students take the keyboard proficiency exam in their first semester so that, if it is necessary to repeat the exam, the student has multiple opportunities to retake the exam before the end of their coursework.
When keyboard proficiency requirements are identical for two degrees, a student seeking both degrees need not repeat the keyboard proficiency examination if it has been passed for one of the degrees within the time limits for each degree.
Students who are candidates for music graduate degrees for areas other than performance and whose performance proficiency instrument is piano must also complete the keyboard proficiency requirement. See Music Performance Proficiency for more information