Audition Information

Jazz Guitar Requirements

Prescreen and audition required.

Undergraduate

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Science in Music and an Outside Field

Graduate

Master of Music in Jazz Studies

Performer Diploma in Jazz Studies

Undergraduate Requirements

Prescreen

All Jazz Guitar applicants must submit a prescreen video recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Prescreen Requirements:
  • Video recording must be produced without any artificial enhancement, such as echo or electronic reverb.
  • Prescreen repertoire requirements are the same as the audition repertoire requirements. Please see below.

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen reviews.

Undergraduate Prescreen/ Audition Repertoire:
  • Perform from memory 1) the melody, 2) comp chord changes, 3) improvise on two tunes:  one tune selected from the list below, and one additional tune that is not a blues, "rhythm changes" tune, or ballad.
    • Required audition repertoire (select one):
      • All Things You Are
      • Joy Spring
      • There Will Never Be Another You
      • Groovin' High
      • Half Nelson
      • On Green Dolphin Street
      • Stella by Starlight
      • Have you Met Miss Jones?
      • What is This Thing Called Love?
      • Confirmation
  • Perform one solo jazz guitar piece (chord melody). This can be an original arrangement of a jazz standard or a transcription.
  • If invited to audition in person, in addition to the above repertoire, guitarists should:
    • Prepare major scales (and their modes), whole tone, diminished, harmonic minor and ascending melodic minor scales (and their respective modes). All of these scales should be played in two positions on the fingerboard.
    • Be prepared to demonstrate their chord voicing knowledge and comp in various styles including: four-to-the-bar (sometimes referred to as Freddie Green comping), bebop comping and Latin styles such as Bossa Nova and Samba.
    • Be prepared to sight-read single note lines and chord progressions.
*If you are unable to come to campus for any of our audition weekends, you may submit your final audition recording online. For detailed information on submitting screening and final recordings online, please click here.

Graduate Requirements

Prescreen

All Jazz Guitar applicants must submit a prescreen video recording via the JSoM Supplemental Application by December 1, 2019.

Prescreen Requirements:
  • Video recording must be produced without any artificial enhancement, such as echo or electronic reverb.
  • Prescreen repertoire requirements are the same as the audition repertoire requirements. Please see below.

Audition

Auditions are by invitation only based on prescreen reviews.

Graduate Prescreen/ Audition Repertoire:
  • Perform from memory 1) the melody, 2) comp chord changes, 3) improvise on one tune from each of the following three lists:
    • Bebop tunes: Groovin' High, Half Nelson, Confirmation, Donna Lee, Joy Spring, Stablemates.
    • 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
    • Post-bop tunes: Giant Steps, Moment's Notice, Bolivia, Inner Urge, Dolphin Dance, Moontrane.
    • Perform one solo jazz guitar piece (chord melody). This can be an original arrangement of a jazz standard or a transcription.
  • If invited to audition in person, in addition to the above repertoire, guitarists should:
    • Prepare major scales (and their modes), whole tone, diminished, harmonic minor and ascending melodic minor scales (and their respective modes). All of these scales should be played in two positions on the fingerboard.
    • Be prepared to demonstrate their chord voicing knowledge and comp in various styles including: four-to-the-bar (sometimes referred to as Freddie Green comping), bebop comping and Latin styles such as Bossa Nova and Samba.
    • Be prepared to sight-read single note lines and chord progressions.

*If you are unable to come to campus for any of our audition weekends, you may submit your final audition recording online. For detailed information on submitting screening and final recordings online, please click here.