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Sophomore Barrier

Jazz Studies

Students seeking a bachelor's degree in jazz performance must pass the Sophomore Barrier exam. Students who do not pass will not matriculate to the junior level and will not be allowed to enroll in upper level Jazz courses.

Transfer Students

Transfer students entering the Jazz Studies program as a sophomore with an Associates Degree, are required to pass the Sophomore Barrier in the spring of their first year at UNF.


Transfer students entering the Jazz Studies program as a junior with an Associates Degree, are required to play the Sophomore Barrier tunes as part of their audition.


Incoming transfers students will be required to complete the Sophomore Barrier after auditions, during UNF exam week, in the spring prior to beginning their study at UNF.

Sophomore Barrier Requirements

Students must be able to demonstrate the following before entering their junior year:

  • Melodies performed by memory
  • Solo over changes
  • Fundamental command of the Jazz language and possess a swing feel typical of Jazz performance practice

Additional requirements for bassists and drummers listed below:


  • Walk bassline, solo
  • Learn melodies and memorize for all tunes
  • Memorize changes
  • Solo over changes
  • Demonstrate appropriate scales over changes
  • Able to outline chord changes


  • Note form of each song (AABA, etc), the number of measures in each section, etc., memorize melody
  • Able to sing melody of each song and play time while singing
  • Able to play melody of song on the drums
  • Able to solo around the melody.

Sophomore Barrier Tunes

  • Tenor Madness
  • Billie's Bounce
  • Impressions
  • Summertime
  • Solar
  • Blue Bossa
  • Satin Doll
  • Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
  • Autumn Leaves
  • All the Things You Are
  • There will Never Be Another You
  • Girl from Ipanema
  • Misty
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Take the A- Train
  • Oleo
  • Stella By Starlight
  • Body and Soul
  • Alone Together
  • Ornithology