Admissions Auditions

Select an instrumental studio category from the list above. The admissions requirements linked below are for admission to the Jazz Studies major.

Please note a screening (preliminary audition video) is required for all applicants. The screening will be submitted directly through the College of Music Acceptd application. If screening repertoire is not specified for an area below, the screening requirements are the same as for the live audition.

All applicants who pass the prescreening round are also required to complete a jazz theory and aural skills test. Students will be assigned a time to take this assessment through Acceptd on their requested virtual audition day. This assessment is primarily diagnostic in nature and helps ensure proper placement in classes if accepted to UNT. Your admission application is evaluated holistically, with greater weight placed on your performance audition. We strongly encourage applicants who may not have formal training in jazz theory to still apply.

Application deadline.

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.

PRESCREENING VIDEO REQUIREMENTS - DRUM SET AND VIBRAPHONE

All students interested in a live audition must first submit a prescreening video. Please upload these video-recordings through the Acceptd application portal by the preferred admission deadline for full consideration. You will then be notified if you qualify for an audition.

UNDERGRADUATE DRUM SET JAZZ REQUIREMENTS (upload each selection as a separate video file)

The FIVE playing requirements are as follows:

  • Straight No Chaser (4/4 Swing,  = 220bpm, SOLO DRUMS w/no backing track)
    • 2 choruses - Play melody on the drums
    • 2 choruses - Two choruses of time playing
    • 4 choruses - Trade choruses (12 measures of time, 12 measures of drum solo, etc.)
    • 1 chorus - Comp and play time highlighting important rhythms of melody
  • One Note Samba (Samba, ♩ = 200bpm, SOLO DRUMS w/no backing track)
    • 1 chorus - Play samba groove loosely catching important rhythms of the melody
    • 1 chorus - Trade 4s (4 measures of time, 4 measures of soloing, etc.)
    • 1 chorus - Play samba groove loosely catching important rhythms of the melody
  • One selection of your choice, any style playing either solo drums, with a backing track or with a live band
    • This selection should be something that you feel demonstrates your best playing.
    • High School performances, gigs or home sessions are all acceptable. 
  • One rudimental or orchestral snare solo
    • Recommended books for finding a snare solo to play include:
      • Modern Swing Solos (Charlie Wilcoxon)
      • 14 Modern Contest Solos (John S. Pratt)
      • Intermediate Snare Drum Studies (Mitchel Peters)
  • One mallet solo on either vibes or marimba (if you have no mallet experience, you may choose to omit this from your video though it is strongly recommended to try to play something)
    • Solo may be either a jazz melody or classical composition
    • Recommended books for finding a mallet solo to play include:
      • The Real Book
      • Mallets for Drummers (Lynn Glassrock)
      • Modern School for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone (Morris Goldenberg)
      • Marimba: Technique Through Music (Mark Ford)

Your videos should have decent sound quality and clearly display your full body either from the front or side, but they do not need to be high-quality videos. A professional studio recording is not essential and does not lead to a higher score.

GRADUATE DRUM SET JAZZ REQUIREMENTS

  • Upload each song as a separate video file.
  • Must include at least FIVE selections played in a small group setting, including:
    • 1 up tempo 4/4 swing at =300bpm+
    • 1 Brazilian samba at =240bpm+
    • 1 medium tempo 4/4 swing with brushes and sticks
    • 1 odd meter song in either 5, 7 or 9
    • 1 song in a common Cuban style (songo, mambo, timba, etc.)
  • You must solo on each selection.
    •     Demonstrate ability to solo over a song form unaccompanied, as well as the ability to trade (4s, 8s, 12s). You do not need to demonstrate both skills together on every song.
  • A live rhythm section or a drummer-less backing track may be used.

Your videos should have decent sound quality and clearly display your full body either from the front or side, but they do not need to be high-quality videos. A professional studio recording is not essential and does not lead to higher score.

JAZZ VIBRAPHONE Requirements (Undergraduate/Graduate)

  • Perform a published solo vibraphone etude or a standard jazz ballad chord solo.
  • Play melody and improvise at least 2 choruses on a medium tempo jazz standard (swing or bossa nova) performed to a pre-recorded track (Jamey Aebersold or an equivalent)
  • Snare Drum: One rudimental and/or orchestral snare solo/etude; rolls, flams, and associated rudiments
  • Drum Set: One medium tempo swing song in 4/4 performed with a live band, drummer-less track or solo demonstrating time playing

LIVE & REMOTE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - DRUM SET AND VIBRAPHONE

UNDERGRADUATE DRUM SET AUDITIONS (Please direct all questions regarding the drum set and vibraphone portion of your audition to Professor Quincy Davis. All questions regarding the mallet portion (not vibraphone) of the audition should be directed to Professor Mark Ford. Click here for more general information regarding all percussion auditions.)

LIVE DRUM SET AUDITION

Your audition will involve:

  • Playing an open and closed roll from piano to forte on the snare drum
  • Sight-reading a big band chart
  • Performance of two play along tracks that will provided upon passing the prescreening portion of the audition
  • Rhythm exercise
  • Short interview
  • Marimba/Vibes: You will be asked to demonstrate ability to play basic scales and arpeggios. If you chose not to include a mallet solo in your prescreen video, you will be asked to play your solo during this portion of your audition.

REMOTE DRUM SET AUDITIONS (We prefer that you audition in person, especially for scholarship consideration.)

Your audition will involve:

  • Playing an open and closed roll from piano to forte on the snare drum
  • Sight-reading a big band chart
  • Performance of two play along tracks that will provided upon passing the prescreening
  • Rhythm exercise
  • Short interview
  • Marimba/Vibes: Your prescreen mallet solo will be used to determine your mallet proficiency.

UNDERGRADUATE JAZZ VIBRAPHONE AUDITION

  • Perform a published solo vibraphone etude or a standard jazz ballad chord solo.
  • Play melody and improvise at least 2 choruses on a medium tempo jazz standard (swing or bossa nova) performed to a pre-recorded track (Jamey Aebersold or an equivalent)
  • Snare Drum: One rudimental and/or orchestral snare solo/etude; rolls, flams, and associated rudiments
  • Drum Set: One medium tempo swing song in 4/4 performed with a drummer-less track demonstrating time playing
  • Sight-Reading

GRADUATE DRUM SET AUDITIONS (No remote auditions will be accepted for graduate auditions unless you are an international student.)

  • Playing rudiments
  • Sight-reading two or three big band-like charts
  • Playing melodies and grooves using sticks and brushes in a variety of styles (swing, bossa nova, salsa, samba, odd meters, etc.) and tempos without accompaniment
  • Soloing in a variety of different styles and grooves
  • Playing with drummer-less tracks
  • Demonstrating at least perfunctory understanding of harmony on the piano either by playing basic scales, chords, jazz melodies, soloing over chord changes or playing a fully prepared composition.
  • Short interview                          

JAZZ VIBRAPHONE AUDITION

  • Perform a published solo vibraphone etude or a standard jazz ballad chord solo.
  • Play melody and improvise at least 2 choruses on a medium tempo jazz standard (swing or bossa nova) performed to a pre-recorded track (Jamey Aebersold or an equivalent)
  • Snare Drum: One rudimental and/or orchestral snare solo/etude; rolls, flams, and associated rudiments
  • Drum Set: One medium tempo swing song in 4/4 performed with a drummer-less track demonstrating time playing
  • Sight-Reading