The admissions requirements linked below are for admission to the Jazz Studies major.
The College of Music now requires video recordings that are transferred electronically instead of DVD or audio recordings. In the application interface there will be a space to enter one or more links to your video. Be sure that the audio and video quality are as high as you can make them. We consider this change to be something that will help students because they no longer have to add the DVD authoring step to their preparation of audition recordings. If you have questions about this requirement please feel free to contact John Murphy, Jazz Studies division chair.
The pages linked below refer to our bachelor's and master's programs.
For information on admission at the doctoral level, please see the page on the local concentration in Jazz Studies within the DMA in Performance.
Admission to the Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance program is an option for jazz performers with exceptional qualifications. For more information, see http://music.unt.edu/admissions/graduate-degree-specific.
Jazz Guitar Auditions for Admission
Preliminary Screening Video
Along with the on-line application to the College of Music, all jazz guitar applicants must submit a screening video recording. The reason for this is to be able to assess your progress in jazz. Recordings will be reviewed by the faculty to determine your advancement in the audition process. You will be notified no later than one month before your requested audition date regarding the results of this pre-screening. The deadline to do this is the first Monday in December.
Follow the directions on the College of Music application to submit a link to a high quality recorded video audition by using youtube.com, vimeo.com, or similar web service. Please see the musical criteria for the live audition below and use that for the preliminary video.
Repertoire for audition
Prepare three jazz standards of varying tempos and styles, of which one should be a ballad chord solo without accompaniment. The other two choices could be a blues, medium tempo standard, up tempo standard, bebop, bossa nova, or samba performed with a pre-recorded track (Jamey Aebersold recordings or the equivalent). An example of possible tune choices might be: Billie's Bounce, Oleo, Round Midnight, Yesterdays, You Stepped Out of a Dream, How Deep is the Ocean?, All the Things You Are, etc. Please bring your accompaniment tracks with you to the audition.
As it could be confusing if you read the audition information on the College of Music web page, classical guitar is not a requirement for Jazz Studies Majors, and you do not need to play an audition on classical guitar for acceptance.
If you are unable to attend the scheduled auditions, you may submit a final audition recording. Follow the repertoire requirements above. To be considered for a graduate teaching fellowship you must audition in person at UNT. Live auditions are given preference in scholarship consideration, however if distance or another problem makes this impossible contact Davy Mooney at email@example.com.