Prescreening procedures and audition requirements for the Jazz Arts doctoral program.
Admission to the doctor of musical arts degree program is based on an audition before the faculty of the candidate’s major department; the results of a two-hour written examination in jazz history and theory; and a personal interview with the doctoral committee.
Applicants who pass the prescreening portion of the audition will be invited for a live audition in New York City.
All prescreening recordings and PDF copies of scores must be uploaded directly to your application. Applicants must complete both composition and performance prescreening requirements.
Applicants must complete the composition, performance, and pedagogy audition requirements; the additional audition requirements will be a callback.
Applicants must bring to the audition copies of their scores and a CD of a least two of the pieces. Choose any three of the following:
The candidate will present to the faculty panel a written outline for a one-hour lecture or masterclass on a topic of the candidate’s choice. From that outline, the candidate will present a 20-minute sample lecture that demonstrates his or her teaching skills. The candidate will specify the target audience as either Kindergarten through 8th grade, high school, undergraduate, or graduate ability and experience. Available resources for this component include audio equipment, whiteboard, and a piano. If the candidate wishes to distribute handouts, they must be prepared, copied, and collated in advance of the sample lecture.