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Auditions: Graduate/Certificate - Jazz Guitar

All jazz applicants are required to submit a pre-audition screening video through our upload page by December 1. Pre-screenings must be in video format. All videos received after December 1 will only be considered based on the availability of audition times.

​Pre-Screening Requirements

Prepare the jazz standard “Hot House” by Tadd Dameron (with an audible metronome set at quarter note=160) using the following arrangement:

  • ​1 chorus each of melody and chordal accompaniment
  • 2 choruses of improvised soloing
  • Introduction and coda are optional
  • The form and changes in the underlying harmony should be apparent in the unaccompanied improvised choruses (as well as in the chordal “accompaniment”)

Live Audition Requirements

  • The melody and chords for “One Finger Snap” by Herbie Hancock and “Little Niles” by Randy Weston

  • A third selection from the standard jazz repertoire may also be chosen by the faculty as an improvisational vehicle

  • An additional selection will be sight-read

​Improvise on these selections in a manner that acknowledges the underlying changes in harmonic context​.