Music

  • Production still from SERSE
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

B.M. Jazz Studies Auditions

 


Jazz Audition Procedure for FALL 2021

  • General University Application due November 30th. You must successfully complete the general application by the deadline in order to audition for the music department. 


AUDITIONING FOR THE JAZZ MAJOR

Audition Performance Video – Due January 15th, 2021.

Horns/Strings (not bass)/Voice:

Introduce yourself and explain why you’re interested in studying jazz at CSUN. (1-2 minutes)

Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once and solo for three choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You
Billie's Bounce
Oleo

Perform Body and Soul with live musicians or the provided backing track. Play the head once and solo for one chorus.

Perform on straight 8th tune listed below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once and solo for two choruses.

Blue Bossa
Footprints
Little Suede Shoes

Chordal Rhythm Section Instruments:

Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).

Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, comp for one chorus, and solo for two choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You

Billie's Bounce
Oleo

Perform Body and Soul unaccompanied or with the provided backing track (*unaccompanied preferred). Play the melody once and solo for one chorus.

Perform one straight 8th tune listed below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, comp for one chorus, and solo for two choruses.

Blue Bossa
Footprints

Little Suede Shoes

Bass:

Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).

Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the head once, walk for one chorus, and solo for two choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You
Billie's Bounce
Oleo

Perform Body and Soul with live musicians or the provided backing track. Play the head once, walk for one chorus, and solo for one chorus.

Perform straight 8th tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the head once, bass function for one chorus and solo for two choruses.

Blue Bossa
Footprints
Little Suede Shoes

Drums/Percussion:

Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes). 
Perform one medium to fast swing tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play time/comp with the head, two choruses of someone else's solo, and solo over the form for two choruses.

All The Things You Are
There Will Never Be Another You
Billie's Bounce
Oleo

Perform one straight 8th tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play time/comp for the head one time through and one chorus of someone else's solo. Then, trade 4's for two choruses.

Blue Bossa 
Footprints
Little Suede Shoes

Demonstrate 8 measures of the following styles (feel free to stop in-between).
Up-tempo swing, shuffle, jazz ballad time, 12/8 Afro Cuban, bossa nova, 3/4 jazz waltz, and funk.

Perform one rudimental snare drum solo of your choice.

Applicants will be notified if they are invited for a Zoom interview by February 20th.

By invitation only: 15-20 minute Zoom interview - to be held the first two weekends in March.