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Jazz Studies

Graduate Audition Requirements

All graduate music applicants must submit the following requirements (please find more detailed application information here):

  • Transcript(s)

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Brief essay

  • Repertoire list

Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 20, 2019.

All prospective jazz applicants should be prepared to discuss previous performance experience, teachers, and method books used in study. Please bring your own mp3 or CD accompaniment, and/or we will provide any of the Aebersold play-a-long recordings for all auditions.


Master of Music – Jazz bass (acoustic preferred), guitar, piano, saxophone, trombone, trumpet
  1. Major scales, whole tone, diminished, and ascending melodic minor scales.

  2. Play the melody and improvise from memory on the chord changes of one tune from each of the following three lists:

    1. Bebop tunes: Groovin’ High, Half Nelson, Confirmation, Donna Lee, Joy Spring, Stablemates

    2. Standard tunes: All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, What Is This Thing Called Love?, Star Eyes, Alone Together, There Will Never Be Another You, Have You Met Miss Jones?, On Green Dolphin Street

    3. Post-bop tunes: Giant Steps, Moment’s Notice, Bolivia, Inner Urge, Dolphin Dance, Moontrane

  3. Perform one jazz etude or transcription

  4. Auditionees may be asked to sightread typical jazz ensemble parts


Master of Music – Drumset

Auditions consist of the applicant being able to demonstrate their ability to play in the following musical styles:

  1. 4/4 swing at a variety of tempos

  2. Funk and rock styles at a variety of tempos

  3. Samba and bossa nova

  4. Mambo

  5. Afro-Cuban 6/8

Additional skills assessed during the Jazz Drumset audition:

  1. Brush technique

  2. Waltz and odd meter performance

  3. Repertoire: transcription or jazz etude


Graduate Audition Requirements

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