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 this video through the Accept’d application portal by the admission deadline. This video will determine whether students are invited for a live audition or not. Guidelines for the prescreening videos are listed below.

UNDERGRADUATE DRUM SET JAZZ REQUIREMENTS (Five pieces total including three drum set pieces and two non-drumset pieces)

  • Upload each song as a separate video file.
  • THREE SONGS of varying styles and tempos including but not limited to 4/4 swing, bossa nova, samba or mambo
  • Student must demonstrate ability to solo in the style of the song over the song form unaccompanied, as well as the ability to trade with the band.
  • A live rhythm section or a drummer-less backing track may be used.
  • At least two of the selections should be in a small group setting
     

NON-DRUMSET REQUIREMENTS (All perspective undergraduate jazz majors are required to demonstrate skills and technique on a mallet instrument and snare drum.)

  • One short snare solo
    • 2 mins or less
    • Solo may be rudimental or orchestral
    • 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 short mallet solo on either vibes or marimba
    • 1 minute or longer
    • 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)
         

GRADUATE DRUM SET JAZZ REQUIREMENTS

  • Upload each song as a separate video file.
  • Must include at least FIVE SONGS played in a small group, 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 you choose for your video.
    • You must demonstrate ability to solo over a song form unaccompanied, as well as the ability to trade (4’s, 8’s, 12’s) with the band. Both skills do not need to be demonstrated on every song.
  • A live rhythm section or a drummer-less backing track may be used.
     

JAZZ VIBRAPHONE AUDITION (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 drummer-less track demonstrating time playing


LIVE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS - DRUM SET AND VIBRAPHONE

FOR UNDERGRADUATE DRUM SET AUDITIONS
In addition to auditioning on drum set, ALL undergraduate jazz drum set applicants MUST audition for admissions into the College of Music in the following areas:

    Snare Drum: A rudimental or orchestral snare solo/etude; associated rudiments

    Marimba/Vibes: Scales and arpeggios: major, harmonic minor, and chromatic; mallet etude or jazz melody (Autumn Leaves, How High the Moon, etc.)

These two auditions will take place in two separate rooms at two separate times from your drum set audition.
Please direct all questions regarding drum set auditions to Professor Quincy Davis, and all questions regarding snare or mallet auditions to Professor Mark Ford. Click here for more general information regarding all percussion auditions.
 

LIVE AUDITIONS

Your audition will involve:

  • Playing an open and closed roll from piano to forte on the snare drum
  • Sight-reading a big band chart
  • Performing one Medium Tempo Swing OR one Up Tempo Swing. It is your choice which swing standard you choose from the song list. A play-a-long will be provided at the time of the audition.
  • Performing one Latin standard OR a composition from the Alternative Style category
  • Rhythm exercise
  • Short interview

TO BE CLEAR: You will be performing TWO songs total for your audition; one SWING STYLE and one either LATIN or ALTERNATIVE STYLE.

PDF of Song List and More Information
 

VIDEO AUDITIONS

NOTE: We prefer that you audition in person, especially for scholarship consideration. If that is not possible, you can upload videos of your drum set, mallet, and snare playing here.

Videos must include:

  • Play a roll from piano to forte on the snare drum.
  • Perform ONE medium tempo swing OR up-tempo swing standard from the song list (link below) with a play-along track that will be provided at audition. It is your choice which swing standard you choose from the list.
  • Perform one Latin standard OR a composition from the Favorite Style category.
  • You may be asked to have a 5-10 minute Zoom/Skype meeting for a sight-reading test and for a general interview.

TO BE CLEAR: You will be performing TWO songs total for your audition: One SWING STYLE and one either LATIN or ALTERNATIVE STYLE.

PDF of Song List and More Information
 

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

Note: No remote video auditions will be accepted for graduate auditions.

  • 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