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Placement Requirements

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Please note: Placement videos are required for the following courses so that students of similar levels are placed in the same class.

Composition for Intermediate Level (score submission required)

Students should submit one fully notated score.

Composition for Advanced Level (score submission required)

Students should submit two fully notated scores; at least one of the scores should be for two or more instruments/voices.

Improvisation for Intermediate Level (placement video required)

Perform a solo over a blues or jazz standard with simple chord changes.

Improvisation for Advanced Level (placement video required)

Solo over two jazz standards from memory.

Private Lessons* (placement video required)

CLASSICAL – BRASS / GUITAR / STRINGS /WOODWINDS

Perform two contrasting pieces or two contrasting movements from the same piece.

CLASSICAL – PIANO

Perform two contrasting pieces or two contrasting movements from the same piece.

The selections must be memorized.

COMPOSITION

Submit scores and recordings of two original compositions. (If recordings are not possible, you can submit a computer realization of the score.)

JAZZ – BASS / BRASS / GUITAR / PIANO / WOODWINDS

Perform two contrasting songs in any jazz style. Include at least one chorus of improvisation in each song.

JAZZ – VOICE

Perform two songs of your choice in English. At least one song must be a ballad.

MUSICAL THEATER

Perform two classical or musical theater songs of your choice. At least one song must be in English.

PERCUSSION

Perform two (or more) of the following. You can choose two from one category or one from two categories.

Drum Set: Perform a prepared piece. Demonstrate ability to play various styles such as Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova, Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop.

Snare Drum: Perform a snare drum piece and be able to showcase different rudiments (singles, stroke rolls, paradiddles, flams, ratamacues, etc.)

Mallets: Perform a mallet piece for xylophone or marimba.

Latin Percussion: Play congas, bongo, timbales, or cowbell in a prepared piece or by demonstrating various styles (Salsa, Cha Cha, Bolero, Merengue, Guaguanco).

Studio Class for Brass (placement video required)

Classical: Perform two contrasting pieces or two contrasting movements from the same piece.

Jazz: Perform two contrasting songs in any jazz style. Include at least one chorus of improvisation in each song.

Studio Class for Guitarists (placement video required)

Classical: Perform two contrasting pieces or two contrasting movements from the same piece.

Jazz: Perform two contrasting songs in any jazz style. Include at least one chorus of improvisation in each song.

Studio Class for Jazz Vocalists (placement video required)

Perform two songs of your choice in English. At least one song must be a ballad.

Studio Class for Musical Theatre Singers (placement video required)

Perform two classical or musical theater songs of your choice.

At least one song must be in English.

Studio Class for Percussion (classical) (placement video required)

Perform two of the following requirements. You can choose two from one category or one from two categories.

A) Snare Drum: Perform a snare drum piece and be able to showcase different rudiments (singles, stroke rolls, paradiddles, flams, ratamacues, etc.)

B) Mallets: Perform a mallet piece for xylophone or marimba.

Studio Class for Percussion (jazz) (placement video required)

Perform two of the following requirements. You can choose two from one category or one from two categories.

A) Drum Set: Perform a prepared piece. Demonstrate ability to play various styles such as Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova, Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop.

B) Mallets: Perform a mallet piece for xylophone or marimba.

C) Latin Percussion: Play congas, bongo, timbales, or cowbell in a prepared piece or by demonstrating various styles (Salsa, Cha Cha, Bolero, Merengue, Guaguanco).

Studio Class for Pianists (placement video required)

Classical: Perform three contrasting pieces or three contrasting movements from the same piece.

Jazz: Perform two contrasting songs in any jazz style. Include at least one chorus of improvisation in each song.

Studio Class for Strings (placement video required)

Perform two contrasting pieces or two contrasting movements from the same piece.

Studio Class for Woodwinds (placement video required)

Classical: Perform two contrasting pieces or two contrasting movements from the same piece.

Jazz: Perform two contrasting songs in any jazz style. Include at least one chorus of improvisation in each song.

 

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