700 West Greek Row, Arlington, TX 76019
101 Fine Arts Bldg. Box 19105
Auditions are required of anyone wishing to obtain the Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, the Masters of Music in Performance (jazz) or to be considered for scholarship funds. For further information on the admission process, see admission procedures.
Instrumental auditions consist of several elements. Chordal instruments (Guitar, Vibes, Piano), be prepared to also comp through the changes of the below standards. (Bassists and Drummers, see below):
Bassists: In addition to preparing the items in #1, #2, and #4 from above, we would like for you to demonstrate a walking bass line over a 12-bar blues for several choruses, as well as over chord changes to a song we provide at the audition. We may ask you to demonstrate a 2-beat feel, bossa nova, samba, or other styles. You do not need to prepare the items in #3 until the auditions for band placement.
Drummers: We would like you to demonstrate the following feels:
In addition, you will be asked to sight-read big-band style charts and demonstrate your ability to set-up figures and play the chart. You will also be asked to trade 8s with yourself (i.e., 8 bars of time, 8 bars of soloing, etc). There is also a prepared excerpt posted on the prepared materials page.
This page lists requirements for students auditioning for acceptance into the program/scholarship funds. Current students will find ensemble audition requirements and prepared excerpts below.