Audition Information

All incoming School of Music students are required to attend a New Student Audition Day.

Interested graduate students should contact the applicable faculty member and follow the requirements for auditions on the School of Music website.

Jazz Instrumentalists

Be prepared to play the following:

  1. A piece of your choice in 12-bar blues form (such as Billie’s Bounce or Straight, No Chaser) with two or three improvised choruses to follow.
  2. A jazz standard of your choice (such as Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Oleo) with improvised choruses to follow.
  3. Sight-reading of jazz pieces.

An accompanist will be provided, if necessary.

Jazz Drummers

Be prepared to play the following:

  1. Swing time at various tempos.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of 12-bar blues and 32-bar AABA (rhythm changes) song forms.
  3. Trade 4s, 8s and choruses with a rhythm section over these forms.
  4. Demonstrate various Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms (Mambo, 6/8 Afro, Songo, Samba, Bossa Nova and others).
  5. Demonstrate swing and ballad playing with brushes. 

Jazz Vocalists

Be prepared to sing the following:

  1. Two jazz songs in contrasting styles (swing, bossa nova, ballad, contemporary), preferably with vocal improvisation (scat) as part of one of the songs.  If neither selection includes improvisation, then be prepared to improvise over 12-Bar Blues.
  2. Demonstrate sight-reading skills.
  3. A Major scale, a minor scale of your choosing and a chromatic scale.
  4. Aural recall (singing back a series of notes played at the piano).
  5. Harmonic identification (singing the notes you hear when a chord is played at the piano.

Accompaniment will be provided unless you prefer to provide your own.