Jazz Arts

Prescreening & Audition Information

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Requirements for Jazz Arts

Jazz Arts applicants must submit a prescreen video in order to be considered for an invitation to an in-person or recorded audition.

Step 1: Prescreen

  • Videos do not have to be a professional or studio recording, but the sound quality should be of high quality and should accurately reflect your musicianship.
  • Each tune should be uploaded as a separate video. However, each individual video must be unedited.
  • Original compositions may be included as an optional submission, but they may not replace other requirements.
  • Recordings of live performances are acceptable only if they are edited to feature the applicant.
  • If you are unable to record your prescreen videos with a live rhythm section, you may play along with a backing track. We recommend that you use a backing track with real instruments, like Jamey Aebersold. Avoid using synthesized tracks like iReal Pro.
  • Prescreen Deadline: December 1.
  • Applicants who were awarded spots in NYO Jazz, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, or YoungArts honor groups in 2023 or 2024 should email admission@msmnyc.edu regarding a waived prescreen.

Step 2: Audition

Applicants who pass the prescreen round will be invited to audition.

  • Prepare ALL of the required audition repertoire for the degree level you are applying to, as listed in the dropdown menu below, from memory.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit a diverse repertoire, including but not limited to works by people from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, genders, and/or cultures. Choosing works that represent the applicant’s own cultural background is also welcomed.
  • Note that audition repertoire requirements may differ from prescreen requirements. However, applicants may choose to include selections from their prescreen submissions in the audition where requirements overlap.
  • MSM offers in-person and virtual auditions, except for the Doctoral of Musical Arts program, which requires an in-person audition.

Carefully review the specific repertoire requirements for your degree level in the dropdown menu below.

Jazz Combo Accompaniment Information

  • All Jazz auditionees will audition with an MSM-provided combo.
  • You must bring three (3) printed copies of music for each tune you prepare to perform at your audition.
  • The rhythm section is provided at no cost to you for your audition. You will not meet the rhythm section in advance of your audition.





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