Fall 2020 Registration & Auditions

Registrar's registration guide for Fall 2020: https://registrar.unt.edu/registration/fall-registration-guide

Jazz Private Lessons
Jazz private lesson sections for Fall 2020, including secondary lessons.

Jazz Lab Band and Chamber Music Auditions
These auditions serve as placement mechanisms for both the Lab Bands and Jazz Chamber Music small groups.
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)
All students who plan to play in a jazz small group must register for the Jazz Chamber Music holding section:
MUCM 3550.500 (UGRD) / 5550.500 (GRAD)

Jazz Chair callback auditions for lab bands will be Sunday, August 23 in the evening (6:00 p.m. on) in MU263 (Lab East). Will be comprised of sight-reading a melody and soloing over chord changes.
Saxophone: Friday August 21, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in MU330 // Sign Up and Info Sheet
Trumpet: Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in MU282 (Lab West) // Sign Up Sheet
Trombone: Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21, mid-afternoon to evening in MU107 // Sign Up Sheet
Piano: Wednesday, August 19, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in MU272
Guitar: Friday, August 21, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., in MU277
Bass: Thursday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, August 21, 10:00 a.m. to Noon (and later if needed) over ZOOM // Sign Up Sheet // Jazz Bass Info Form
Drum set:  The Sight Reading Screening (SIRS) will be held on August 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in MU142. Sign up for this will be on the bulletin board outside of MU133.
The lab band audition (for those who pass the SIRS) will be on August 201:00-4:00 p.m. in MU142.

Violin/Strings: By appointment with Prof. Scott Tixier; contact at Scott.Tixier@unt.edu

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Auditions
All students who plan to sing in a vocal jazz ensemble must register for the holding section:
MULB 1820.5­00 (UGRD) / 5174.522 (GRAD)

Audition Times:
Thursday, August 20 from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Friday, August 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 22 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
MU263 (Lab East)

With a callback for selected vocalists on Sunday, Aug. 23 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in MU 262.

For more information and sign-ups:  http://jazz.unt.edu/vj-ensemble-auditions
If you have questions, contact Professor Jennifer Barnes: Jennifer.barnes@unt.edu

Zebras Contemporary Ensemble auditions 
Zebras are going to take the unique conditions of this semester as an opportunity to create high quality remote collaboration music videos for public sharing. Open to all majors. All electronic and acoustic musicians are welcome. Tech people such as video editors and audio engineers are welcome. Because we are creating music videos this semester, there is potential for you to join the ensemble even if you won't be performing as a musician. All Jazz Studies students wishing to participate in Zebras auditions must complete the regular audition process with their major professor. Guitarists, bassists and drummers will be selected in coordination with your individual instructor, so be sure to specifically request Zebras at your regular audition, but everyone also needs to complete the Zebras video audition to be selected for this group. // Video Audition: Submission deadline Friday 8/21, 5pm → DETAILS AND SIGN-UP HERE 

Latin Lab auditions All students wishing to participate in Latin Lab auditions must complete the regular audition process with their major professor. Rhythm auditions will be by reccommendation and placement from studio professors. Horn challenge auditions will be heard by José Aponte with approval from studio professors.

Jazz Labs
These are the jazz labs that count toward the 8 semester credit hours of music laboratory for undergraduates:
MULB 1808 - Jazz Lab Band
MULB 1817 - Jazz Guitar Laboratory
MULB 1819 - Jazz Keyboard Laboratory (Zebras)
MULB 1820 - Jazz Singers Laboratory
MULB 1821 - Latin Jazz Lab
MULB 1821 - Jazz Strings Ensemble

JAZZ CHAMBER MUSIC • Placement Audition Guidelines & Form

At the discretion of each professor, improvisation assessments will be made based on a 50-point system, similar to the one below. The final score will affect the following outcomes:
1. Solo Chair Placements for Lab Bands
2. Jazz Chamber Music (JCM) Placements

Higher scores will result in higher Lab Band and JCM placements. If you want to be considered for the higher placements, it is recommended that you choose a tune from Level 4 (see below). Be sure you are well prepared.

This process does not apply to jazz bassists or drummers who will be placed based upon regular audition.

There are four categories that will be considered :
1. Sound / Tone | 2. Feel & Time | 3. Harmonic Accuracy | 4. Overall Performance

Categories 1, 2 and 3 will each be rated from 1-10 (a total of 30 points). Category 4 will be on a sliding scale (up to 20 points) based on the difficulty of song selected.
Level 1 songs have a score range from  1-5
Level 3 songs have a score range from  1-15
Level 2 songs have a score range from  1-10
Level 4 songs have a score range from  1-20

Choose only ONE  of the following songs. Backing tracks and sheet music available here.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 level 4
5 points available 10 points available 15 points available 20 points available

 There Will Never Be Another You

Whisper Not Along Came Betty Dolphin Dance
Yardbird Suite Confirmation Ornithology Airegin

***A higher level song does not guarantee a higher score. It is recommended that you choose the appropriate level song that highlights your current strengths and abilities.


Bass Auditions 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 Sheet and Jazz Bass Info Form linked here. Bring both acoustic and electric basses if you play both. Please be prepared to play (instruments out of the case and tuned) ten minutes before your scheduled audition time.

Drumset Auditions To be eligible for jazz ensemble auditions, drummers must have the ability to sight-read and interpret representative drum charts unaccompanied in a sight-reading screening (SiRS). A SiRS will be held before lab band auditions to determine the strongest sight-readers. You may sign up for a SiRS time slot anytime after August 1st. The sign-up sheet will be placed on the bulletin board just outside of Prof. Davis’ office (MU133). 

Guitar Auditions 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.

Piano Auditions Students must sign up for an audition time at MU272 and arrive at least 10 minutes early to their scheduled time. There is nothing to prepare. All materials will be provided at the time of audition.

Saxophone Auditions Our Lab Band Saxophone auditions will all be held virtually this semester. Please sign up using the following link. https://jazz.unt.edu/fall-2020-registration-auditions. There are several different procedures this year so please read the following bullet points.

  • There will be NO jazz chair call backs this semester. We will be offering an improvisation component to the audition process - see above. Your improvisation will be used to help determine Lab band and/or JCM (Jazz Chamber Music) placements.
  • The audition will consist of two sight-reading examples and one tune for improvisation. You may choose your improvisation from the tunes listed in the Jazz Chamber Music & Lab Band Improvisational Audition Guideline. This is available on the previous link.
  • The Zoom link provided below will be used for your audition. Please be prepared and wait in the waiting room until Dr. Nestler and I admit you.
  • Zoom link for saxophone auditions: https://unt.zoom.us/j/97565933687

Trombone Auditions Sign Up Sheet, please sign up for a single time slot. Auditions will consist of Sight Reading, Improvisation, and a prepared piece - Steve Davis' Solo on "Stablemates". For the improvisation segment, Students should select from the list of Jazz Chamber Music Audition Tunes listed above. Improvisation is required for those enrolling in Jazz Chamber Music and those who wish to be considered for a "jazz chair" in an upper lab band. Please arrive with enough time to fill out the Lab Band/JCM Audition sheet.

Trumpet Auditions Auditions will consist of Sight Reading, Improvisation, and a prepared piece - transcribed solo of Freddie Hubbard on “Birdlike” from his album Ready for Freddie. You may perform along with the recording at full speed, at 90% speed or at 80% speed. Please be prepared to play all 6 choruses, if possible. It is VERY highly recommended (necessary) to practice along with the recording. The sheet music alone does not convey the proper emphasis and feel you will observe by listening to Freddie Hubbard play it. For the improvisation segment, Students should select from the list of Jazz Chamber Music Audition Tunes listed above. Improvisation is required for those enrolling in Jazz Chamber Music and those who wish to be considered for a "jazz chair" in an upper lab band. Please arrive with enough time to fill out the Lab Band/JCM Audition sheet.