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Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

The Jazz Studies curriculum prepares students for a life in music. Graduates hold positions in all aspects of the music industry, including performing in the nation’s top professional military ensembles, composing and arranging for the industry’s leading artists, touring internationally, and serving as leading pedagogues in music education.

 

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Great American Jazz Series

A special component of the UNF Jazz Studies Program is the Great American Jazz Series, which regularly brings in stellar jazz artists as residents. This series, along with other opportunities, has enabled Jazz Ensemble 1 and 2 to perform in concert with more than 100 esteemed artists, such as Herbie Hancock, The Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Louie Bellson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Doc Severinsen, among others. Complete list from 1989 to present. 

Audition Requirements

The faculty reserves the right to decline any application if the auditionee is not prepared in the specified requirements.

 

Saxophone, Trombone and Trumpet

  1. Auditionees should prepare six scales: Major (C, C# and D) and Minor (Eb natural minor, E harmonic minor and F melodic minor).
  2. Auditionees should prepare a transcription or etude, medium swing or up, at least 16 bars long.

  3. Auditionees may be asked to improvise one F or Bb blues (one head and two solo choruses, medium tempo) and one American Songbook or jazz standard; performed with a rhythm section or play along.
  4. Students who play multiple instruments should demonstrate their proficiency on the secondary instrument. One brief prepared piece or étude on each secondary instrument is sufficient.

Bass

  1. Auditionees should prepare six scales: Major (C, C# and D) and Minor (Eb natural minor, E harmonic minor and F melodic minor).
  2. Auditionees may be asked to improvise one F or Bb blues, walking basslines, head and soloing optional; American Songbook or jazz standard walking basslines, head and soloing optional; performed with a rhythm section or play along. 
  3. Auditionees who play acoustic and electric bass should demonstrate their proficiency on each instrument. One brief prepared piece or étude on each instrument is sufficient.
  4. Auditionees who are bass players must demonstrate proficiency in various styles such as Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, and Funk. Please perform brief excerpts of these styles.

Jazz Drumset

Auditionees should videotape themselves.

  1. Auditionees should videotape themselves playing 32 bars of timekeeping with IReal pro (bass only, standard tune of your choice) or another play along minus the drums.
  2. Perform 30 seconds (each) in the following styles:
    1. Slow swing  (90 BPM)
    2. Medium swing (160 BPM)
    3. Fast Swing (220 BPM)
    4. Bossa Nova (120 BPM)
    5. Samba (240 BPM)
    6. Funk/Rock
    7. Latin Cascara
    8. Songo

Jazz Guitar

All jazz guitar applicants are required to submit a video recording. The recording must include all of the repertoire listed below. Recordings may be mailed or uploaded to DropBox or an equivalent cloud sharing platform. It is not required that the format be a professional or studio recording, however, the sound quality must be good as possible. Students must demonstrate the ability to improvise and play with a rhythm section, using a live band or play-along recording.

  1. Required piece (must be first on the recording): the 12-Bar Blues piece, Billie’s Bounce in medium tempo (minimum of four improvised choruses).
  2. Perform three other selections (one must be a ballad) in different jazz styles, moods and tempos (minimum of two improvised choruses for each selection).
  3. Demonstrate “comping” on a standard song of your choice.
  4. Original compositions should not be included.

Jazz Piano

  1. Auditionees should submit six scales: Major (C, C# and D) and Minor (Eb natural minor, E harmonic minor and F melodic minor).
  2. Auditionees must perform one 12-Bar Blues piece, Billie’s Bounce or Now’s the Time in medium tempo (play the melody once and improvise a minimum of three choruses).
  3. Auditionees must play one American Songbook or jazz standard; performed with a rhythm section or play along. Tunes such as Solar, Blue Bossa, All the Things You Are or other jazz standards are acceptable; play the melody and improvise over the chord changes. 
  4. Auditionees must demonstrate one chorus of “comping” on a standard song of your choice. It is fine to comp on the American Songbook song you have selected.