Music – Jazz Studies and Performance (MM)

Music – Jazz Studies and Performance (MM)

Master of Music

Concentration: Jazz Studies & Performance

 

Application Deadline:

February 1

Matriculation:

Fall semester

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Completed SlideRoom application.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.00.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Jazz performance track majors:

  • An audition CD or tape following these requirements:
    • The taped performance should demonstrate ability to play within a group and strengths as a soloist. Perform a minimum of three tunes:
      • One up-tempo tune such as "Cherokee," "Ornithology," "It Could Happen To You," "Just Friends," or a similar selection.
      • One ballad such as "Body and Soul," "In a Sentimental Mood," "I Can't Get Started," or a similar selection.
      • One medium-tempo tune such as "All the Things You Are," "Out of Nowhere," "Have You Met Miss Jones?" or a similar selection.
    • One improvised chorus within the presentation of the medium tempo and up-tempo tunes should be performed entirely unaccompanied.

Special Audition Notes:

  • Piano, guitar, and mallet instruments: Performance should demonstrate ability to accompany, as well as to solo. 
  • Drum set: Performance should demonstrate ability to use brushes as well as sticks, and to play through the head of the up-tune unaccompanied, outlining rhythmic structure of the melody.
  • Bass: Performance should demonstrate ability to construct a walking bass line and should showcase strengths as an improviser. Acoustic bassists should demonstrate use of the bow.
  • Vocalists: If currently studying voice, include sample of vocalization at the beginning of tape. Performance should demonstrate the ability to scat, as well as an understanding of the lyric.