All Lab Bands rehearse daily (Monday through Thursday) for one hour. Substitutes may be sent a maximum of six times during a semester (three times for students who play only twice a week) according to the following guidelines:
1. The substitute is qualified (currently enrolled at North Texas, preferably playing in the next higher or lower band).
2. Twenty-four hours advance notice must be given, except in the case of a verifiable illness or emergency.
3. The music folder must be at the rehearsal.
1. Determining factors for Lab Band assignments are:
a. Sight reading skills.
b. Sound (color and tone quality)
d. Stylistic interpretation
e. Performance evaluations from the previous semester in Lab Band (continuing students)
f. Hours available to perform, as indicated on the student's Lab Band Information Form.
2. Auditioners may request performance of a prepared selection.
3. Jazz Chair auditions are held separately.
Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone Auditions:
Sight reading music in ballad, medium and fast swing, and in straight eighth funk/Latin styles.
Evaluations are in areas of tone quality, intonation, time feel, note accuracy, and jazz conception.
Jazz Chairs (Saxophone, Trumpet and Trombone):
By permission only (after having passed the reading audition). Evaluations are based upon improvisational skills.
Sight reading of chord symbols and single-note melodies, improvisation, and prepared chord solos.
1. Auditions are held during registration each long semester. Sign up sheets are posted on the respective faculty member's door or bulletin board.
2. A student who registers late must make arrangements with appropriate faculty to schedule an audition.
3. Students may audition for lab band on more than one instrument.
4. Students who are assigned to more than one lab band (on different instruments) must enroll for a corresponding number of additional credits. See the administrative assistant in the Jazz Studies Office.
Any current North Texas student is welcome to audition for Lab Band. Students who major in Jazz Studies are required to audition each long semester.
In all, an undergraduate Jazz Studies major (Instrumental Performance and Arranging) must earn a minimum of six credits in Lab Band (in addition to two credits in another lab). Four Lab Band credits must be earned during long (fall or spring) semesters. The remaining two may be earned from summer Lab Band.
Graduate students majoring in Jazz Studies must complete at least one long semester (fall or spring semester) in Lab Band.
Lab bands are twenty-piece instrumental ensembles comprised of five trumpets, five trombones, five saxophones (aattb), and five rhythm (pf-bs-gt-ds-pc). There are nine Lab Bands at North Texas. All bands rehearse one hour daily (Monday through Thursday) in Stan Kenton or Lab East Halls.
Major study begins in the freshman year with MUJS 1131/1132 (Jazz PerformanceFundamentals), MUJS 1360/1370 (Jazz Fundamentals), and MUJS 1470 (Introduction to Jazz Recordings). Four semesters of arranging classes begin with MUJS 3610, listed as a junior level class. Students wishing to pursue arranging as their specialization are encouraged to enter arranging in their sophomore year, providing all prerequisites are met with grades of B or better. A sample degree plan can be found on the College of Music Advising website.
Major study begins in the freshman year with MUJS 1131/1132 (Jazz Performance
Fundamentals), MUJS 1360/1370 (Jazz Fundamentals), and MUJS 1470 (Introduction to Jazz Recordings). Four semesters of improvisation begin in the sophomore year. A sample degree plan can be found on the College of Music Advising website.
The most current recital guidelines are linked here in PDF. Please note that the MUJS 4720 capstone recital requires program notes, which must be reviewed by the major professor before they are distributed.
Current, former, retired, and adjunct faculty members may not participate in student degree recitals. Guest artists are not permitted in student degree recitals.
All undergraduate jazz majors must pass the Improvisation Continuation Exam (ICE) before they can be admitted to MUJS 3360 (Advanced Jazz Improvisation), MUJS 4610 (Advanced Jazz Arranging), or MUJS 4120 (Vocal Jazz Styles). The exam will take place each semester during finals week and be adjudicated by no fewer than five members of the jazz faculty. Each student must demonstrate competency in jazz improvisation on repertoire drawn from MUJS 2360 and 2370. Repertoire lists may be found elsewhere in this handbook.