Audition & Program Requirements
Bachelor of Music: Jazz Studies (All Instruments)
Prescreening required; must be video recording.
For Prescreening and Final Audition:
Trumpet, saxophone, and trombone players will perform with piano (or guitar), bass, and drums.
Guitarists will perform with piano, bass, and drums.
Pianists will perform with bass and drums.
Bassists will perform with piano (or guitar) and drums.
Drummers will perform with piano (or guitar) and bass.
Choose one song from each of the categories and be prepared to perform the song’s melody and improvise a solo on the chord changes of the song. Rhythm section instruments should demonstrate the ability to accompany a soloist.
All songs are listed in concert key:
Duke Ellington, Cottontail, Bb Major
Charlie Parker, Chasin’ the Bird, F Major
Sonny Rollins, Oleo, Bb Major
Charlie Parker, Au Privave, F Major
Thelonious Monk, Blue Monk, Bb Major
John Coltrane, Mr. P.C., C Minor
George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin, Embraceable You, Eb Major
Hoagy Carmichael/Ned Washington, The Nearness of You, F Major
Gene de Paul/Don Raye, You Don’t Know What Love Is, F Minor
Johnny Mandel/Johnny Mercer, Emily, C Major
Fats Waller, Jitterbug Waltz, Eb Major
Frank Churchill/Larry Morey, Someday My Prince Will Come, Bb Major
In addition to the selections listed above, drummers should prepare the following grooves:
Afro-Cuban 6/8 groove
Shuffle groove with backbeat
Swing groove with brushes (slow, medium, and fast)
Swing groove with sticks (slow, medium, and fast)