Information for auditioning for Jazz and Classical studies in the MSM Precollege program
Auditions for entrance in the fall of 2023 will be held in May/June 2023.
Secondary Instrument Requests (Classical or Jazz)
A student who wishes to study a secondary instrument at the Precollege Division must apply and audition on the secondary instrument. Students studying a secondary instrument are required to take juries and to maintain musical standards similar to those required of students studying a primary instrument.
The objective is to demonstrate the applicant’s level of proficiency, both musically and technically. Memorization is required for all students, with the exception of woodwinds and brass. Accompanists will be provided for voice, violin, and viola live auditions only. All other students may bring an accompanist but it is not required. The decision of the adjudicating judges is final.
Applicants will be asked to perform the following:
• Three contrasting pieces
• Two major and minor scales and arpeggios of the applicant’s choice
• Two contrasting pieces
• Two major and two minor scales and arpeggios of the applicant’s choice
• Clarinet students may be required to sight-read
• Three contrasting songs, one of which must be in English
• Three contrasting pieces in PDF format
The objective is to demonstrate the applicant’s level of proficiency, both musically and technically. Memorization is required for all students. The decision of the adjudicating judges is final.
Prescreening materials are required from the following Precollege applicants by March 1:
More information regarding prescreening requirements can be found by registering on the admissions portal.
Jazz applicants will be asked to perform the following:
Prepared selection: Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” — medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. Include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided.
Billie’s Bounce in CBillie’s Bounce in BbBillie’s Bounce in Eb
Improvisation: Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. You must include at least three choruses of improvisation. The selection is your choice, and composers to consider are Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, Tito Puente, Wayne Shorter, etc. Accompanists will be provided.
Scales: Concert B-flat and F major. Play scales to highest possible range up and down. Tempo: quarter-note=60 and quarter-note=120. Play one scale staccato and one scale legato.
Sight Reading: Applicants may be required to sight-read.
Billie’s Bounce in C (Treble Clef)Billie’s Bounce in C (Bass Clef)
BASS ONLY: WALK at least two choruses of “Billie’s Bounce” as well as improvise.
Chords: Demonstrate all basic chords: major, minor, etc.
Improvisation: Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. You must include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided.
Comping (GUITAR): Demonstrate comping: Rhythm guitar style and standard regular comping.
Play jazz time: slow, medium, fast on two choruses of 12-bar blues form. Accompanists will be provided.
Demonstrate time in: waltz, rock, Latin, ballad, and brushes. Play on song forms (2 choruses) or vamps (at least 2 minutes each style).
SOLO (improvisation): different styles: jazz, rock, waltz, Latin, and in all tempos.
Play the “Billie’s Bounce” blues choruses: 2 choruses of time, 2 choruses of trading 4s, 2 choruses of solo, repeat chorus of time. Accompanists will be provided.
Billie’s Bounce in C
Demonstrate on Latin instruments, if possible, including bongos and conga.
Prepared selection: A lyrical melody selected from the songbooks of composers such as Gershwin, Ellington, Arlen, Rodgers & Hart, Kern, Berlin, etc. Please bring a lead sheet of your chosen selection in the key in which you wish to sing. An accompanist will be provided.
Milt Jackson’s “Bags’ Groove”: Be prepared to scat sing over 12-bar blues chord changes. An accompanist will be provided.
Bags’ Groove in CBags’ Groove in DBags’ Groove in EbBags’ Groove in F
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