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Jazz Audition requirements for entering freshmen jazz pianists


  1. Perform two pieces in contrasting tempos, keys and styles from the Freshman Repertoire list.
  2. Auditioning student will be expected to accurately perform the themes of the pieces he or she selects, and to improvise on those pieces.
  3. Sight read various excerpts from jazz band repertoire.
  4. Sight read and improvise over a set of chord changes.
  5. Perform major scales in all keys in eighth notes, (one and a half or two octaves as determined by instrument range), at a tempo of quarter note equals 100-120.

Jazz faculty will provide bass line accompaniment in the bass register in the manner of a jazz bassist.  Please have copies of your music in lead sheet form available for them in concert key.