Jazz Studies Undergraduate Audition Requirements

Jazz Audition Instructional Videos 

MAJOR INSTRUMENT REQUIREMENT

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)

Chords/Arpeggios

• 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

Sight-reading

• Melody and improvise basic chord progression

PIANO
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

GUITAR
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

BASS
Sight reading

Basic chord progression

• 2 beat
• Walking
• Latin

DRUM SET
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

Trade

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