Jazz Studies Graduate Audition Requirements

Masters Audition RequirementsMajor Instrument Requirement:

You will be asked to play the melody and improvise from memory selected pieces. You will be accompanied by a faculty rhythm section or, if a rhythm section player, with the reminder of the rhythm section and a faculty soloist.



1. Select one tune from three of the five categories.

BalladBeBopStandardContemporaryRhythm
Body and Soul
In A Sentimental Mood
Lover Man
Peace
‘Round Midnight
You Don’t Know What Love Is
A Night In Tunisia
Confirmation
Donna Lee
Daahood
Half Nelson
Joy Spring
All The Things You Are
Stella By Starlight
There Is No Greater Love
There Will Never Be Another You
What Is This Thing Called Love
Dolphin Dance
ESP
Five Hundred Miles High
Giant Steps
Moment’s Notice
Recorda Me’
Speak No Evil
Witch Hunt
Anthropology
Eternal Triangle
I’ve Got Rhythm
Oleo
Rhythm-a-ning
Serpent’s Tooth


2. Select a blues of your choice.

3. Sight read a piece.

4. Play a transcribed solo of your choice. Transcription should be at least one chorus of a ballad, two of a standard/contemporary/rhythm tune, and four of a blues.


Keyboard Requirement: You will be asked to demonstrate your jazz keyboard skills. The selection will not be required of piano applicants. Special consideration will be given to percussionists.

  • Play at least one hand voicings (at least three notes other than the root) in either left or right hand with Aebersold volume 3 (II V7 I) track 1. (major II V7 I)
  • Play at least one hand voicings (at least three notes other than the root) in either left or right hand with Aebersold volume 3 (II V7 I) track 4. (minor ii V7 i)
  • Play at least one hand voicings (at least three notes other than the root) in either left or right hand with Aebersold volume 1 (Jazz: How To Play and Improvise) track 7 or 8. (blues in Bb or F)
  • Improvise over Aebersold volume 1 ((Jazz: How To Play and Improvise) track 7 or 8. (blues in Bb or F)
  • Play at least one hand voicings (at least three notes other than the root) in the left hand and the melody


Note: Courses in addition to degree requirements may be added to address any deficiencies. These courses include Improvisation 340 and Jazz Piano Ensemble 519.

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