Audition & Program Requirements

Bachelor of Music: Jazz Studies (All Instruments)

Prescreening required; must be video recording. 

For Prescreening and Final Audition:

  • Trumpet, saxophone, and trombone players will perform with piano (or guitar), bass, and drums.

  • Guitarists will perform with piano, bass, and drums.

  • Pianists will perform with bass and drums.

  • Bassists will perform with piano (or guitar) and drums.

  • Drummers will perform with piano (or guitar) and bass.

Choose one song from each of the categories and be prepared to perform the song’s melody and improvise a solo on the chord changes of the song. Rhythm section instruments should demonstrate the ability to accompany a soloist.

All songs are listed in concert key:

Rhythm Changes

  • Duke Ellington, Cottontail, Bb Major

  • Charlie Parker, Chasin’ the Bird, F Major

  • Sonny Rollins, Oleo, Bb Major


  • Charlie Parker, Au Privave, F Major

  • Thelonious Monk, Blue Monk, Bb Major

  • John Coltrane, Mr. P.C., C Minor


  • George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin, Embraceable You, Eb Major

  • Hoagy Carmichael/Ned Washington, The Nearness of You, F Major

  • Gene de Paul/Don Raye, You Don’t Know What Love Is, F Minor


  • Johnny Mandel/Johnny Mercer, Emily, C Major

  • Fats Waller, Jitterbug Waltz, Eb Major

  • Frank Churchill/Larry Morey, Someday My Prince Will Come, Bb Major

Drummers only

In addition to the selections listed above, drummers should prepare the following grooves:

  • Afro-Cuban 6/8 groove

  • Shuffle groove with backbeat

  • Swing groove with brushes (slow, medium, and fast)

  • Swing groove with sticks (slow, medium, and fast)

Other Degrees

Master of Music: Jazz Studies