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
• Saxophone Improv auditions (by invitation only): Saturday, August 22, 12 noon-? in MU330
Trumpet: Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21, mid-afternoon to evening in MU353
Trombone: Thursday and Friday, August 20 and 21, mid-afternoon to evening in MU107
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) in MU279
Drum set: Saturday, August 22, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in MU133
• auditions with Lab Bands Monday, August 24 and Tuesday, August 25, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in MU282
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:  http://jazz.unt.edu/vj-ensemble-auditions
If you have questions, contact Professor Jennifer Barnes: Jennifer.barnes@unt.edu

Zebras Contemporary Ensemble auditions All students wishing to participate in Zebras auditions must complete the regular audition process with their major professor. Bass and Guitar will be assigned to Zebras based on your regular Jazz Lab audition. Drummers, Vocalists, Keyboards, Horns, Strings, Electronic instruments and World Musicinstruments: You are invited to audition for Zebras as a second lab ensemble or as your primary ensemble if you do not make placement in another MULB. Interested drummers must sign up on Quincy's door first. Audition details and requirements here. Please contact Dr. Capital (Jonathan.Patterson@unt.edu) for complete audition info.

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


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 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.

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) held on the Saturday before lab band auditions from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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 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.

Trombone Auditions Sign up sheets will be available outside of Room 107 the week of the Audition, please sign up for a single time slot. Auditions will consist of Sight Reading and Optional Improvisation. For the improvisation segment, Students should select from the list of Jazz Chamber Music Audition Tunes. 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 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 MA121. Students should be prepared to play (warmed up with instrument assembled) ten minutes before their scheduled audition time.