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AUDITION REPERTOIRE REQUIREMENTS

JAZZ AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:  GRADUATE

Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Bass and Vibraphone

  1. The auditioning student will perform two pieces in contrasting tempos, keys and styles from the Graduate Repertoire List.
  2. Jazz faculty will provide piano accompaniment. Please have copies of your music (in lead sheet form) available for them in concert key.
  3. The auditioning student will be expected to accurately perform the themes of the pieces he or she has chosen and improvise on those pieces.
  4. The auditioning student will sight read various excerpts from jazz band repertoire.
  5. The auditioning student will also sight read and improvise over a set of chord changes.
  6. The auditioning student will also be prepared to play the listed scales in all keys, one and a half or two octaves, in eighth notes (quarter note = 100-120), as is determined by individual instrument ranges:

 

        a) Melodic Minor (Jazz Form)
        b) Harmonic Minor
        c) Diminished Scale (dominant form)


Jazz Pianists

  1. The auditioning student will perform two pieces in contrasting tempos, keys and styles from the Graduate Repertoire List.  Jazz faculty will provide bass line accompaniment in the bass register of the piano in the manner of a jazz bassist.
  2. The auditioning student will be expected to accurately perform the themes of the pieces he or she has chosen and improvise on those pieces.
  3. The auditioning student will sight read various excerpts from jazz band repertoire.
  4. The auditioning student will also sight read and improvise over a set of chord changes.
  5. The auditioning student will also be prepared to play the following scales in all keys, two octaves, in eighth notes (quarter = 100-120), hands together in parallel motion:

 

        a) Melodic Minor (Jazz Form)
        b) Harmonic Minor
        c) Diminished Scale (dominant form)

 

Graduate Drum Kit Players

  1. The auditioning student will be required to play a number of different rhythmic styles accompanied by jazz faculty.
  2. The auditioning student will sight read various excerpts from jazz band repertoire accompanied by jazz faculty.
  3. If the auditioning drum kit player has experience improvising jazz on the vibraphone, guitar, piano or bass, prepare two pieces in contrasting tempos, keys and styles from either the Junior or Graduate Level Repertoire Lists.
  4. The auditioning drum kit player with secondary instrument experience will be required to play the following scales in all keys, two octaves, in eighth notes (quarter note = 100-120):

 

      a) Melodic Minor (Jazz Form)
      b) Harmonic Minor


Drum kit players admitted to the SDSU Jazz Studies program as jazz studies performance majors will take private lessons on drum kit and a secondary harmonic and/or melodic instrument which could include vibraphone, guitar, piano or bass.