Fall 2021 Registration & Auditions

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LAST UPDATED: June 09, 2021
Registrar's registration guide for Fall 2021: https://registrar.unt.edu/registration/fall-registration-guide

Jazz Private Lessons
Jazz private lesson sections for Fall 2021, 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)

Saxophone: Friday August 20, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in MU330  // Sign Up Sheet
Trumpet: Thursday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Friday, August 20, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in MU357 // Sign Up Sheet and Further Information
Trombone: Thursday and Friday, August 19 and 20, mid-afternoon to evening in MU107 // Sign Up Sheet
Piano: Wednesday, August 18, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, August 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in MU272 // Sign Up Sheet outside office
Guitar:
Friday, August 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in MU277 // Sign Up Sheet
Bass: Thursday, August 19, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.; Friday, August 20, 10:00 a.m. to Noon in MU279 // Sign Up Sheet // Jazz Bass Info Form
Drumset:  New, two round process–

  • Round 1 - Tuesday, August 17th, 10-1:00pm, MU142 (online sign up sheet HERE)
  • Round 2 - Wednesday, August 18th, 10-1:00pm, MU142 (for those who pass Round 1)

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:
Fall 2021 vocal jazz ensemble auditions AND placement in Jazz Chamber Music small groups (for jazz voice majors) will take place online on the following days.

Audition Times in MU346:
Friday, August 20 times TBD
Saturday, August 21 times TBD

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 
As we wish Dr. Capital well in his new role at Ubisoft Japan, the current plans for Zebras and its auditions are being discussed.
TBD

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. Please contact Jose.Aponte@unt.edu for complete audition info.

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 outside MU133. 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. Auditioning students should be prepared to play and improvise over a jazz standard or original composition of their choosing.

Saxophone Auditions Please sign up using the following link. 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.
  • A Zoom link will be provided for your audition. Please be prepared and wait in the waiting room until Dr. Nestler and I admit you.

Trombone Auditions Sign Up Sheet, please sign up for a single time slot. Auditions will consist of Sight Reading, Improvisation, and a prepared piece. 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 - Sign Up Sheet and Further Information 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.