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 vocals

Be prepared to submit video of the following:

  1. Two jazz songs in contrasting styles (swing, bossa nova, ballad, jazz waltz etc…) preferably with vocal improvisation as part of one of them.
  2. If neither selection includes improvisation, then be prepared to improvise 2 choruses over 12-bar blues.  

Please avoid a cappella recordings.  The above submissions may be accompanied by piano, guitar, rhythm section or pre-recorded “backing tracks” such as Aebersold, iReal pro etc...

Live component [30min.]:

  1. Demonstrate sight-reading skills
  2. Aural recall:  sing back a series of notes played at the piano
  3. Harmonic recall:  sing the notes you hear when a chord is played at the piano
  4. Sing a C major scale, a C minor scale (of your choosing) and a C chromatic scale, ascending and descending.
  5. Vocalize to explore your vocal range.  (Be vocally warmed up prior to audition)
  6. Interview and opportunity for you to ask questions.

JAZZ saxophone

Be prepared to submit 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. Live Component [20min.]: Interview, select two octave major scales (for sound and range), and sight-reading of jazz pieces.

Submit your video repertoire choices (#1 & #2 above) within a backing track accompaniment format. Suggested backing track sources: “Aebersold”, “iReal Pro” or “Learn Jazz Standard” found on YouTube.

JAZZ trumpet and trombone

Be prepared to submit 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.     Live Component [20min.]: Interview, select two octave major scales (for sound and range), basic ear-training (imitate single and short phrases & basic chord ID) and sight-reading of jazz pieces.

Submit your video repertoire choices (#1 & #2 above) within a backing track accompaniment format. Suggested backing track sources: “Aebersold”, “iReal Pro” or “Learn Jazz Standard” found on YouTube.

JAZZ guitar

Please submit the following:

1) Three stylistically contrasting jazz standards (one up-tempo swing, one ballad, and one bossa nova, for example) one of which should be an unaccompanied chord melody arrangement. The other two pieces may be accompanied by a backing track. These pieces should include an improvised solo as well as one chorus of comping.

2) Live component [20min.]: Sight reading of melody and chord changes; assessment of aural comprehension, including identification of intervals, basic triad and 7th chord qualities, and common jazz scales; you may also be asked to demonstrate harmonic knowledge such as 7th chord inversions and common chord substitutions (tritone subs, backdoor ii-V’s, etc.)

Submit your video repertoire choices within a backing track accompaniment format. Suggested backing track sources: “Aebersold”, “iReal Pro” or “Learn Jazz Standard” found on YouTube.

JAZZ piano

Be prepared to submit the following:

  1. A piece of your choice in 12-bar blues form (such as Billie’s Bounce or Straight, No Chaser) - melody plus two or three improvised choruses.
  2. A jazz standard of your choice (such as Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Oleo) - melody plus improvised choruses to follow.
  3. Live Component [approx 20min.]: Interview, select two octave major scales (for sound and range), chord-types (play a voicing representing a given chord symbol), pitch-matching (play what you hear), and sight-reading of jazz pieces and rhythm.
Submit your video repertoire choices from #1 & #2 above, as a trio (with bass & drums) or using a backing track. Suggested backing track sources: "Aebersold playalong recording", "iReal Pro iOS app" or "Learn Jazz Standard" found on YouTube.  

Jazz pianists are also required to audition for the classical piano faculty. Plan to submit video of two memorized pieces, including at least one from the Baroque or Classical era.

JAZZ bass

Be prepared to submit the following:

  1. A piece of your choice in 12-bar blues form at 100-120bpm (such as Billie’s Bounce, Now’s the Time or Straight, No Chaser) playing the melody followed by two walking choruses and one or two improvised choruses.
  2. A jazz standard of your choice 120-140 bpm (such as Stella by Starlight, Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Oleo) playing the melody followed by one or two walking choruses.
  3. Live Component [20min.]: Interview, select two octave major scales (for sound and range), and sight-reading of jazz pieces.

Submit your video repertoire choices (#1 & #2 above) within a backing track accompaniment format. Suggested backing track sources: “Aebersold”, “iReal Pro” or “Learn Jazz Standard” found on YouTube.

Jazz Drums

(Camera angle should be a side view from the Hi-hat side of the kit so that hands and feet may be viewed clearly.)

Please submit the following:

  1. Swing time in the 12-bar blues form at 132 bpm
    1. Play 3 choruses of time
    2. Trade 4’s for 2 choruses
    3. Solo for two choruses
    4. Play 1 chorus of time
  2. Swing time in the 32-bar AABA form between 190-200 bpm
    1. Play 2 choruses of time
    2. Trade 8’s for one chorus
    3. Solo for one chorus
    4. Play 1 chorus of time
  3. Afro-Caribbean Grooves 
    Choose 3 from the following: Mambo, African 6/8, Songo,
    Samba, Bossa Nova, Mozambique, Rumba, or others.  30 seconds each.
  4. Brushes
    1. Play Ballad time on the snare for 16 bars at 60 bpm
    2. Medium Swing on the snare at 120 bpm
      1. 16 bars in a ‘two-feel’
      2. Transition to a ‘4-feel’ for 16 bars.
  5. Funk at 76 bpm and 100 bpm.  30 seconds each

      6.   Live Component [20min.]: Interview and sight-reading