AUDITIONSAuditioning in any context is difficult and emotional. The requirements are vague at times because the selection of pieces is part of the audition process. It is HIGHLY recommended to prepare your audition with a good private teacher.
“Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”
Master of Music – Jazz Studies
1. Contact Melinda Wildman, Academic Advisor for Graduate Programs, for graduate school requirements and appropriate application materials.
2. Visit the GRADUATE AUDITION page to schedule a live audition.
3. Submit a CD of five (5) tunes in contrasting styles: Blues, Bop, Fusion, Cool, Swing, Early Jazz, Latin, etc., resume, a list of all of the tunes you can play (will be used at your live audition), two (2) letters of recommendation and the graduate application. Submit these materials to:
CVPA Graduate Admissions, MSN 1H4
The "live" audition will consist of two (2) prepared tunes in contrasting styles e.g. Blues/Bop; Swing/Early Jazz etc., one (1) solo transcription and sight-reading. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of scales used in jazz; (Listed at the bottom of this page). You may use a recorded accompaniment of play-a-long such as Jamey Aebersold. Rhythm section instruments will demonstrate techniques idiomatic to your instrument e.g. comping, walking, various grooves.
Bachelor of Music – Jazz Studies
Visit the UNDERGRADUATE AUDITION page to schedule a live audition.
Jazz Studies "Live" Audition Requirements (Instrumentalists and Vocalists)
Prepare two (2) tunes in contrasting styles e.g. Blues/Bop; Fusion/Cool; Swing/Early Jazz etc., one (1) jazz piece, etude or solo transcription; all major scales; improvisation over a blues; sight reading and pitch matching. You may use a recorded accompaniment or play-a-long such as Jamey Aebersold. Rhythm section instruments will demonstrate techniques idiomatic to your instrument e.g. comping, walking, various grooves. Drummers may audition on set only or a combination of set and mallets.
Minor - Jazz Studies
You need not have prior experience in jazz to enter the Minor. If you have been accepted as a Music Major you may declare the Jazz Minor at any time. If you are not a Music Major the audition requirements are either the same as the BM in Jazz or the traditional audition. (See School of Music Website)
Scales Typically Used in Auditions
The Symetric Scales