Registrar's registration guide for Fall 2018: http://registrar.unt.edu/registration/fall-registration-guide
Jazz Studies private lesson codes for Fall 2018
Jazz Lab Auditions for Fall 2018
Jazz Lab Band Auditions
All students who plan to play in a jazz lab band must register for the Jazz Lab Band holding section:
MULB 1808.500 (UGRD) / 5174.500 (GRAD)
• Saxophone: Friday, August 24, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 330.
• Trumpet: Friday and Saturday, August 24th and 25th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in 274.
• Trombone: Thursday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 107. The 15-minute audition time will include the option of an improvisation on a blues in a key of the player's choice.
• Piano: Friday Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon in room 272.
• Guitar: Thursday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m; Saturday, August 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in room 277.
• Bass: Thursday, August 23, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in room 279.
• Drum set: Sight reading auditions will be held on August 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 133. The sign-up sheet for these sight reading auditions is on the percussion bulletin board around the corner from room 133. Auditions with lab bands will be held Monday, August 27 through Wednesday, August 29.
Jazz Singers Auditions
All students who plan to sing in a jazz singers group must register for the holding section:
MULB 1820.500 (UGRD) / 5174.522 (GRAD)
• Vocal Jazz Ensemble Audition Times
Part One: Individual Audition Times (room 263, Lab East)
Thursday, August 23: 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Part Two: Collective Audition Time (mandatory) (room 282, Kenton Hall)
Monday, August 27: 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
These are the jazz labs that count toward the 8 semester credit hours of music laboratory:
MULB 1808 - Jazz Lab Band
MULB 1817 - Jazz Guitar Laboratory
MULB 1818 - Jazz Repertory Laboratory
MULB 1819 - Jazz Keyboard Laboratory
MULB 1820 - Jazz Singers Laboratory
MULB 1821 - Latin Jazz Lab
Jazz lab auditions take place each semester the week prior to the start of classes. They consist of sight-reading typical big band charts: reading notes, walking bass lines and soloing. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the door of Lynn Seaton's office, room 279 in the Music Building. Bring both acoustic and electric basses if you play both. Bring a cable for the electric bass. Please be prepared to play (instruments out of the case and tuned) ten minutes before your scheduled audition time.
To be eligible for jazz ensemble auditions drummers must have the ability to sight read and interpret representative drum parts from the ensemble literature. Sight reading examinations are usually given the week before classes begin of each long semester. Sign up sheets for the examination and further information are posted on the percussion bulletin board across from the percussion office (room 131) a week before the examination date.
Guitarists will perform a live audition before classes begin for ensemble and lesson or master class placement. This will focus on sight reading of both lines and chord changes and improvising.
Jazz Piano Auditions
Students should prepare a selection of their own choice (ideally a well-known jazz standard). Also, each student will be asked to play a standard tune (on sight) with a play-along recording. Finally, you will be expected to voice chords using typical inversions, and read from both chord symbols and written notes.
Sign-up sheets are located on the door of Brad Leali's office. Please be warmed up and ready to play at your designated time. Reading auditions are accomplished with a metronome (everyone has the same tempo). There will be four musical examples of different styles and difficulty. We rate the tone quality, rhythmic reading, note reading and stylistic conception for each piece.
Reading audition results will be posted Monday morning on the lab band bulletin board. Saxophone section call-back auditions will be Monday at 1:00 pm in Kenton Hall; approximately 20 saxophonists. Saxophone jazz improvisation call back auditions will be Monday evening in Lab Band East, room 263 (time to be announced later; approximately 20 saxophonists).
The trombone auditions on that day will consist of sight reading. The pieces will be chosen for bass trombone or lead trombone, and you will each be asked to read two to three pieces of different styles from the UNT Jazz Library. The 15-minute audition time will include the option of an improvisation on a blues in a key of the player's choice.
At the end of your audition, you may also be assigned to take part in a general improvisation audition and/or a "call back" improvisation audition designed specifically for upper Lab Band spots.
Lab Band trumpet auditions are used to place students into section and/or lead positions in the Lab Bands, Jazz Repertory Lab, Electronic Keyboard Lab, and Jazz Singers. The audition will consist of sight-reading music in a variety of styles. These may include a ballad, a swing tune (medium to fast), and a latin or rock tune. Students auditioning for lead chairs will play music which may be written above a high Eb (concert pitch).
At a later time (usually Sunday evening preceding the first day of classes) students with expertise in improvisation will audition for jazz chair placement. This audition consists of improvising at sight over chord changes in a variety of styles and tempos. Students may sign-up for a jazz chair audition at room 353. Students should be prepared to play (warmed up with instrument assembled) ten minutes before their scheduled audition time.
Zebras Auditions: Students must first complete their regular Jazz Lab audition before attempting a Zebras audition.
1) Keyboards: The audition requires the use of a synthesizer and will measure the student's understanding of electronic idioms. Sight reading of intricate note passages and improvisational skills will be assessed.
2) Rhythm section and horns: Pending the repertoire and horn line-up for each semester, lab band auditioners will recommend a number of qualified horn players to audition. They will perform a final audition during the first week of classes during the regular Zebras rehearsal time (T/TH 11AM in room 263).