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.

Please note a screening (preliminary audition video) is required for all applicants. The screening will be submitted directly through the Acceptd application.
Pre-screening content per level:

  • Undergrad: Lady Bird (Dameron), Medium Swing 170 bpm: Caravan (Ellington/ Tizol), Medium Latin 130 bpm
  • Graduate: Dolphin Dance (Hancock), Medium Swing 120 bpm, Con Alma (Gillespie), Medium Latin 110 bpm

Undergraduate live auditions

Students performing live jazz saxophone auditions at The North Texas College of Music are expected to furnish their own play-along CD’s or smart phones, sheet music and Omnibooks.
The improvisational part of the audition should include a performance of three jazz standards of various tempos and styles. One requirement of these three jazz standards will be “There Will Never Be Another You” (Warren/Gordon). The remaining two are your choice. Students are also required to read one unaccompanied transcription from the Charlie Parker Omnibook. This should include both the melody and solo. Eb saxophonists should use the Eb Omnibook and Bb saxophonists should use the Bb Omnibook. Bb saxophonists should change octaves for all notes that are out of your natural range.

Please note: All undergraduates must also play a classical audition. The repertoire requirements for the classical audition are published here on the College of Music web site. For questions about classical audition repertoire, please contact Dr. Eric Nestler.

Graduate live auditions
Graduate students are required to perform an improvised solo on Charlie Parker's "Confirmation," and two additional selections you choose to be presented with prerecorded tracks. Styles should be selected from the following; ballad, blues, medium tempo standard, up-tempo standard, bebop, fusion or funk. Students are required to select and perform one selection from the Charlie Parker Omnibook.

Additional notes
Saxophonists who cannot perform a scholarship/entrance audition at the University of North Texas College of Music must follow the directions on the College of Music application to submit a high quality recorded video audition. Live performances and video performances are judged on an equal basis. Scholarship/entrance audition deadlines are published on the College of Music website. Undergraduate jazz saxophone majors are required to study classical and jazz saxophone in private lessons and must have appropriate equipment (mouthpiece and reed setups for each).