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 graduate 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.

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

On-campus auditions are strongly preferred. Choose one of the scheduled Saturday audition dates at the College of Music**. Your audition should not exceed 20 minutes. Please prepare the following:

1. One solo piano ballad
2. One blues (medium swing tempo)
3. One selection from the standard jazz repertoire of your choice in the style of bossa nova, samba, or straight eighth feel
4. One uptempo selection (quarter note=220 for undergraduate and quarter note=264 for graduate)
Graduate applicants must perform their repertoire by memory.
Undergraduate applicants may use lead-sheets, however, we do encourage all applicants to memorize their selected pieces. If you are doing an on-campus audition, please bring your own play-along tracks.
If travel distance and/or financial hardship prevent you from completing an on-campus audition, please contact Prof. Dave Meder at to discuss other options.

**PLEASE NOTE: jazz piano auditions are NOT being held on Saturday January 26, 2019. Please select one of the alternate dates provided.

Campus visits and/or trial lessons throughout the fall semester are welcomed and encouraged. Please contact Prof. Dave Meder to arrange a time to meet. To be fair to all auditioning students, Prof. Meder will not give trial lessons during official audition visits.

Classical audition (for undergraduate applicants only)
All undergraduate applicants must also pass the classical piano audition at the concentration level - - click on piano and refer to the "Piano Concentration" paragraph. If scheduled to audition on campus, each applicant will play two auditions - one classical and one jazz. If auditioning by recording, each applicant must submit both classical and jazz recordings using the College of Music admission website.
Jazz piano majors take classical lessons the first year (plus a two-semester jazz piano fundamentals class); jazz and classical lessons in years two and three; and jazz lessons in year four.