Jazz Drumset Audition Requirements
The audition will require a demonstration of the following musical styles.
Undergraduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should follow the steps outlined here: recorded audition. All students who submit a recorded audition will have a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the auditions dates. Applicants can select their date preference on their supplemental music form.
Graduate applicants who would like to submit a recorded audition should upload their recording directly to their Graduate College application. Graduate applicants who submit a recorded audition will also register for a virtual interview with the faculty on one of the audition dates. Applicants can register for their interview after submitting the Graduate College application.
Jazz: Oleo (by Sonny Rollins)
Perform as follows: quarter-note = 200-250 bpm
- Chorus 1: Interpret melody over drums (w/Hi-Hat on 2 & 4 throughout)
- Chorus 2: Play Time (Samba feel on B-section)
- Chorus 3: Improvised solo (Samba feel on B-section)
- Chorus 4: Interpret melody over drums (w/Hi Hat on 2&4 throughout)
NOTE: Perform each of the following styles for approximately one minute. A demonstration of trading 4-bar, 8-bar, 12-bar improvised solo phrases will be requested as well.
- Funk (¼-note = 100-150 bpm)
- Samba (½-note = 100-125 bpm)
- Bossa Nova (¼ note = 150 bpm)
- Mambo (¼ note = 175-185 bpm)
- Afro-Cuban 6/8 (dotted-¼ note = 135-145 bpm)
- Brush technique
- Waltz and odd meter performance (5/4 & 7/4)
- Repertoire knowledge
- Sight reading
Please email Prof. Spencer if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.