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.
• 4/4 Jazz Composition: Oleo (comp. Sonny Rollins)
Perform Oleo as follows… (¼ note = 200-250)
1st Chorus: Interpret melody over drums
2nd Chorus: Play time
3rd Chorus: Improvised solo
4th Chorus: Interpret melody over drums
Note: Play hi hat on 2 & 4 throughout entire demonstration
• Funk/Fusion: ¼-note = 100-150
• Samba: ½-note = 100-125
• Bossa Nova: ¼ note = 150
• Mambo: ¼ note = 175-185
• Afro-Cuban 6/8: dotted ¼ note = 135-145
Note: Trading 4-bar, 8-bar, 12-bar solos may be requested for all styles listed above.
Additional skills assessed
1. Brush technique
2. Waltz and odd meter performance (5/4 & 7/4)
3. Repertoire knowledge