Jazz Studies Graduate Audition Requirements
Fall/Spring 2022 applicants: Website is being updated. Check back here in late September for updated audition information.
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. Your audition should be played in combo format (minimum: piano or guitar, bass and drums) with either a live band or a pre-recorded play-along/backing track. The instrument to be judged should predominate. You may submit pre-recorded live performances, such as recitals, concerts, or competitions.
- Select one tune from three of the four categories. These are suggestions and you may select comparable pieces.
Body and Soul
A Night In Tunisia
All The Things You Are
- Blues of your choice.
Be able to play the following at various tempos:
- 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:
- rhythm changes
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.