Karen Taylor

Dr. Karen Taylor

Piano Academy Founding Director

Melinda Baird

Melinda Baird

Piano Academy Co-Director,
Coordinator of Student Life
Tony Weinstein

Tony Weinstein

Piano Academy Co-Director,
Artistic Affairs Administration
Welcome from the Directors

Piano Academy


Welcome to the Jacobs School of Music Piano Academy!

For ages 12 - 18

The 35th  IU Summer Piano Academy is postponed until June 2021

Dear Students, Parents and Teachers,

Thank you very much for your interest in the 2020 Summer Piano Academy. We’ve heard some very impressive audition recordings this Spring, and we know that more of you were planning to apply in the coming weeks. 

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music have made the painful decision to cancel all residential summer programs including the 2020 Piano Academy, as well as all summer public performances and face-to-face instruction. We will greatly miss the joy of working with our gifted students, and hearing the splendid music making of our guest master teachers, resident faculty and participants. However, the health and safety of our young musicians and our faculty must be our foremost concern, and the uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic make it much too risky to hold Piano Academy this Summer.

Keep your courage and spirits up, dear students, and practice hard (and “smart”!). We hope very much to see you at the 2021 Piano Academy!

Stay safe and healthy. The Summer Piano Academy faculty, co-directors and I send you all good thoughts,


Dr. Karen M. Taylor, Founding Director

Dr. Tony Weinstein, Co-Director

Dr. Melinda Baird, Co-Director