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1.16.3 Lab Band Auditions

1. Auditions are held during registration each long semester. Sign up sheets are posted on the respective faculty member's door or bulletin board.
2. A student who registers late must make arrangements with appropriate faculty to schedule an audition.
3. Students may audition for lab band on more than one instrument.
4. Students who are assigned to more than one lab band (on different instruments) must enroll for a corresponding number of additional credits. See the administrative assistant in the Jazz Studies Office.

1.16.2 Eligibility and Credit

Any current North Texas student is welcome to audition for Lab Band. Students who major in Jazz Studies are required to audition each long semester.

In all, an undergraduate Jazz Studies major (Instrumental Performance and Arranging) must earn a minimum of six credits in Lab Band (in addition to two credits in another lab). Four Lab Band credits must be earned during long (fall or spring) semesters. The remaining two may be earned from summer Lab Band.

Graduate students majoring in Jazz Studies must complete at least one long semester (fall or spring semester) in Lab Band.

2.12 Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (Arranging)

Major study begins in the freshman year with MUJS 1131/1132 (Jazz PerformanceFundamentals), MUJS 1360/1370 (Jazz Fundamentals), and MUJS 1470 (Introduction to Jazz Recordings). Four semesters of arranging classes begin with MUJS 3610, listed as a junior level class. Students wishing to pursue arranging as their specialization are encouraged to enter arranging in their sophomore year, providing all prerequisites are met with grades of B or better. A sample degree plan can be found on the College of Music Advising website.

2.09 Improvisation Continuation Exam

All undergraduate jazz majors must pass the Improvisation Continuation Exam (ICE) before they can be admitted to MUJS 3360 (Advanced Jazz Improvisation), MUJS 4610 (Advanced Jazz Arranging), or MUJS 4120 (Vocal Jazz Styles). The exam will take place each semester during finals week and be adjudicated by no fewer than five members of the jazz faculty. Each student must demonstrate competency in jazz improvisation on repertoire drawn from MUJS 2360 and 2370. Repertoire lists may be found elsewhere in this handbook.

2.07 Jazz History Proficiency Exams

Transfer students may elect to test out of MUJS 1470 (Introduction To Jazz Recordings) by taking the Jazz History Entrance Exam, particularly if they have had a survey jazz history course at a previous institution. The JHEE involves listening identification of artists and titles in the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, revised edition (available in the UNT music library). It also involves the identification of a number of artists over the history of jazz. The Jazz History Entrance Exam is offered on the first day of classes, both long semesters.

2.06 Jazz Keyboard Proficiency Examination

To pass the Jazz Keyboard Proficiency Examination, the student must play chord progressions, using idiomatic voicings, in tempo and at sight, from chord symbols alone. A study guide of practice progressions is available as part of Jazz Keyboard Fundamentals (MUJS 1371). You can download it here: keyboard study guide (PDF). In this guide are progressions comparable to those found in the exam, and written in two formats:


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