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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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ADMISSIONS > AUDITION REQUIREMENTS > JAZZ STUDIES

Undergraduate Jazz Studies. Applicants wishing to be admitted to freshman classification as majors in Jazz Studies must demonstrate the following:

Instrumental: A thorough knowledge of the basic technique of the chosen instrument; basic improvisation skills as they relate to standard jazz literature.

Voice: Three (3) selections in contrasting jazz styles and tempos. (e.g. med. swing, fast swing, blues, ballad, bossa nova, samba, jazz waltz etc...) The addition of improvisation (scat singing) encouraged for at least one tune. Bring sheet music or lead sheets in the key in which you sing. You may bring your own accompanist or one will be provided. A short interview will follow the audition.

Graduate Jazz Studies. Applicants wishing to be admitted to the graduate program in Jazz Studies must demonstrate the following:

Instrumental: Advanced technical skill on the chosen instrument; good improvisation skills as they relate to standard jazz literature.

Voice: Please be prepared to present a mini-recital 25-30 minutes in length. (this will probably result in 5-6 selections) Original arrangements or original tunes encouraged. Demonstration of piano skills a plus. Selections should be in contrasting jazz styles and tempos. (e.g. med. swing, fast swing, blues, ballad, bossa nova, samba, jazz waltz etc...) The addition of improvisation (scat singing) required for at least two tunes. Bring sheet music or lead sheets in the keys in which you sing. You may bring your own accompanist or one will be provided. An interview will follow the audition.

The Department of Music reserves the right to require additional tests, performances, and/ or interviews deemed neccessary to fully evaluate any incoming student or to award Graduate Classification. All applications for the Graduate program must be approved by the Department of Music's Executive Committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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