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.

Preliminary Screening Video
Along with the on-line application to the College of Music, all jazz trumpet applicants must submit a screening video recording. Recordings will be reviewed by the faculty to determine your advancement in the audition process. You will be notified no later than one month before your requested audition date regarding the results of this pre-screening. The deadline to do this is the first Monday in December. Preliminary screenings should include Part 1 and Part 2 (below).

Follow the directions on the College of Music application to submit a high quality video recording. Please see the musical criteria for the live audition below and use that for the preliminary video.

The pre-screening video must include Part 1 and Part 2 (below).
The screening will be submitted directly through the Acceptd application.

UNT Jazz Studies: Audition Guidelines for Jazz Trumpet (Graduate)

Prospective Jazz Studies majors whose principal instrument is trumpet will play one audition, with the Jazz Studies trumpet faculty. A classical audition will not be necessary.

Part 1 - Prepared Transcription: Prepare a transcription of your choice (at least 32 bars, not to exceed 64 bars). This can be an excerpt from a solo by one of the following soloists: Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham, Clifford Brown or Blue Mitchell. Students may perform this with our without written music, unaccompanied. If written out, please bring 3 copies for the audition panel for the live audition. 

Lead trumpeters will perform an additional lead trumpet part from the following:

Switch in Time (Nestico) - Letter "B to C", and Letter "G" through the end. Quarter=168
Magic Flea (Nestico) - Letter "I" to through the end. Half=144
Fun Time (Nestico) - Letter "B to E", and letter "F" through the end. Quarter=126
Note: These lead trumpet parts can be found in the Basie-Nestico Lead Trumpet Book, Kendor Music, Inc.

Part 2 - Improvisation: Applicants will demonstrate improvisational skills by performing one chorus of melody and two improvised choruses on the following two pieces: 

“Confirmation” (Play along track Aebersold Volume 6, Track 4)
“What Is This Thing Called Love?” (Play along track Aebersold Volume 15, Track 5)
Note: Play along tracks will be provided for the above tunes. 

Part 3 - Sight-Reading: Applicants will demonstrate sight-reading skill by performing one written jazz etude at sight. Lead trumpeters will perform a lead trumpet part.

Additional material: Students may submit additional recordings that demonstrate expertise in jazz performance by uploading the videos in the College of Music online application. These recordings may be of live or studio performances.

Guidelines for Recorded Auditions: Follow the directions on the College of Music application to submit a high quality recorded video audition. The recorded audition must include Part 1 and Part 2 of the live audition. Read carefully the description of the live audition requirements.

Preparing the video of Part 1 and Part 2 (prepared jazz transcription and improvisation). Do not edit the individual performances but feel free to use "takes" that demonstrate your best work. Make sure that the camera is 10 to 12 feet from you and that the balance between your instrument and the play-along track/metronome is appropriate. When performing your transcription, use a metronome or play with the original recording.

Additional material: Students who audition by recording may submit additional recordings that demonstrate expertise in jazz performance by uploading the videos in the College of Music online application. These recordings may be of live or studio performances.