Spring 2022 Registration & Auditions

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LAST UPDATED: January 17, 2022
Registrar's registration guide for Spring 2022: https://registrar.unt.edu/registration/spring-registration-guide

Jazz Private Lessons
Jazz private lesson sections for Spring 2022, including secondary lessons.

Jazz Lab Band, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Music Auditions
These auditions serve as placement mechanisms for the Lab Bands, Vocal Jazz Ensembles 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 sing in a vocal jazz ensemble must register for the holding section:
MULB 1820.5­00 (UGRD) / 5174.522 (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)

Note: for Sign-Up sheets on OneDrive, you may need to log in with your UNT Email address to access.

INSTRUMENT AUDITION DATES AND TIMES LINKS    
Bass Thursday, November 18 | 9:40am - 11:40am / 1:00pm - 2:00pm Audition Information Form / Audition Sign Up Sheet The combined Jazz Lab and Jazz Chamber Music auditions consist of sight-reading typical big band charts, reading notes, walking bass lines, and soloing. Bring both acoustic and electric basses if you play both. Make sure to fill out the audition information sheet AND sign up for an audition time. Please be prepared to play (instruments out of the case and tuned) ten minutes before your scheduled audition time.
  Friday, November 19 | 9:40am - 11:40am / 1:00 pm - 2:00pm / 2:40 - 3:40pm    
         
Drumset TBA    
         
         
Guitar guitar auditions are Friday, Jan 14, 9-4:30. Here's the google doc sign up sheet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J4kyu9HpQoBP73kUqKAitZmy3Txa1Cw5Pfgq...
     
       
Piano TBA    
      You may email Dave.Meder@unt.edu to be put on a waitlist in case we need spots filled at beginning of semester.  
         
Saxophone Friday, January 14, 2022 - MU330 - 9 am - 6 pm (Please fill in the earlier slots first) Audition Sign-up Sheet Please scroll through entire document to find your audition day (Friday or Saturday)
Saturday, January 15, 2022 - Zoom ID: 416 590 7250 - 10 am – 11 am      
         
Strings TBA      
         
         
Trombone TBA    
         
         
Trumpet Saturday, January 15th starting at 10:00 am in room 292 UNT Jazz Trumpet Placement Audition Information & Checklist  
     
         
Voice Fri., 1/14 1:30 - 3 p.m. (JCM only); Sat. 1/15 between 12:00 noon and 4:30 pm   Additional Audition Information  
         
         

Rhythm auditions will be by recommendation and placement from studio professors.

ENSEMBLE AUDITION INFORMATION
Latin Jazz Lab All students wishing to participate in Latin Lab auditions must complete the regular audition process with their major professor. Rhythm auditions will be by recommendation 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.
   
Zebras Contemporary Ensemble Audition Materials: Tracks / Sign-Up Sheet
  Instructions: Choose one of the songs in the audition materials list to play/sing along with.
  Vocalists: Auditions will be held on Tuesday, November 16th from 11:00am-12:15pm in Lab East (MU263).
  Instrumentalists: Auditions will be held on Thursday, November 18th from 11:00am-12:15pm in Lab East (MU263).
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 • This process does not apply to jazz bassists or drummers who will be placed based upon regular audition. Instrumentalist Placement Audition Guidelines & Form // Vocalist 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: AGAIN, This process does not apply to jazz bassists or drummers who will be placed based upon regular audition.
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. Saxophone sheet music is 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. 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. This screening will be held before lab band auditions to determine the strongest sight-readers.

 

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

There are several different procedures this year so please read the following bullet points. 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.

 

Trombone Auditions

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 excerpt for lead players..  You may perform along with the recording at full speed, at 90% speed or at 80% speed. Please be prepared to play all choruses, if possible. It is 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 the jazz master. For the improvisation segment, Students should select from the list of Jazz Chamber Music Audition Tunes listed at the link. 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. Once again, go to the following link for details! https://myunt-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/philip_dizack_unt_edu/EW_...

 

 


Ensemble Meeting Schedule

Lab Day Time Room
Jazz Strings Ens. T / Th 11-12:20 pm 262
U-Tubes M / W 11-11:50 am 263
Latin Jazz Lab Band M W F 12-12:50 pm 282
Zebras T / Th 11-12:20 pm 263
UNT Jazz Singers M 12-12:50 263
  T / Th 12:30-1:50pm 262
  F 1-1:50pm 282
Mixed Vocal Jazz T / Th 5-6:20 pm 263
Avenue C M / W 12-12:50 pm 263
  F 12-1:50 pm 263
Vocal Jazz Quartet M / W 5-6:20 pm 263
Jazz Vocal Techniques M / W 1-1:50 pm 263
L-5 (Guitar) M / T / W / Th 5-5:50 pm 262
Super 400 (Guitar) M / T / W / Th 6-6:50 pm 262
One O'Clock Lab Band M / T / W / Th 1-1:50 pm 282
Two O'Clock Lab Band M / T / W / Th 2-2:50 pm 282
Three O'Clock Lab Band M / T / W / Th 3-3:50 pm 282
Four O'Clock Lab Band M / T / W / Th 2-2:50 pm 263
Five O'Clock Lab Band M / T / W / Th 3-3:50 pm 263
Six O'Clock Lab Band M / T / W / Th 5-5:50 pm 282
Seven O'Clock Lab Band M / T / W / Th 7-7:50 pm 263