Jazz Studies Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Jazz Audition Instructional Videos 


All scale and chord possibilities can be found in any Aebersold volume, Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop handout or contact for material.

A jazz experience at UofL is geared toward achieving a greater proficiency in ensemble playing. Your primary performing opportunities will be in jazz ensemble and combo. Solo performance is a desirable goal and may also be studied.

ALL INSTRUMENTS except DRUMS where noted

Scales – All 12 keys in at least two octaves

• Major
• Dominant
• Minor (Dorian preferred)
• Blues scales (Not for bass)


• Major
• Minor

Play the following - All selections can be found on Aebersold Volume 54 – “Maiden Voyage”

• Blues in either Bb or F
• A tune of your choice – melody and improvisation (Good choices include: Autumn Leaves, Summertime, Maiden Voyage, Satin Doll)
• A jazz transcription if possible by a master performer on your instrument
• Optional – A classical selection of your choice, length not important


• Melody and improvise basic chord progression

One Hand voicings

• Right hand guide tones/Left hand root
• Three and/or four notes rootless voicings (guides and one or two color tones) in either Right or Left hand

Sight reading

• Basic chord progression - Right hand voicings/Left hand root
• Melody and improvisation with or without voicings

Two voicings for all root position seventh chords (one voicing from sixth string and another off or fifth string)

Sight reading

• Melody and improvise basic chord progression
• Comp through progression

Sight reading

Basic chord progression

• 2 beat
• Walking
• Latin

Demonstrate the following styles in either 32 or 12 bar form

• Swing
• Bossa Nova
• Rock (any style)
• Afro-Cuban

Be able to play time in either 32 or 12 bar form

• 4/4
• 3/4
• 6/8

Demonstrate the ability to play with brushes


• 8's over a 32 bar tune
• 4's over a 12 bar blues