Master of Music in Music Performance with a Concentration in Jazz Requirements

Masters Audition Requirements / Major Instrument Requirements:

Be prepared to play up to four jazz compositions of contrasting style. The melody and chord progressions of all song selections must be memorized. Rhythm section accompaniment will be provided.

  • Select one tune from three of the four categories. These are suggestions and you may select comparable pieces.
Ballad: BeBop: Standard:                          Contemporary:

Body and Soul
In A Sentimental Mood
Lover Man
‘Round Midnight
You Don’t Know What 
Love Is


A Night In Tunisia
Donna Lee
Half Nelson
Joy Spring
Eternal Triangle

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 /Hot House
Alone Together 

Dolphin Dance
Giant Steps
Moment’s Notice
Recorda Me’
Speak No Evil
Witch Hunt
500 Miles High


  • Blues of your choice. 


 Be able to play the following at various tempos:

  • swing
  • bossa nova
  • a Latin beat
  • 12/8 Latin

Be able to play brushes:

  • ballad temp
  • any of the previous requirements

Be able to name and describe forms of tunes such as:

  • blues 
  • rhythm changes 
  • standards

Note:  Courses, in addition to degree requirements, may be added to address any deficiencies.  These courses include traditional theory and history, jazz theory and history.  Additional courses including Improvisation 340 and Jazz Piano Class may be required.