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Auditions

Audition Requirements for entering Studio Music and Jazz Majors.

You MUST be in contact with School of Music admissions and complete a University of Tennessee application for admission prior to scheduling an audition time.

Live Audition Requirements

A live audition is expected prior to admission in the Jazz Studies program. (Consult the Level One Jazz Jury Repertoire List to find a list of beginner level jazz tunes that would be acceptable for the audition.) Students will be asked to perform the following:

  • 2 prepared tunes from memory. At least one of these tunes should be performed with play-a-long accompaniment. Students should be prepared to play the melody and improvise for two or three choruses. Pianists and guitarists will be asked to comp for two additional choruses.
  • Major scales covering the full range of your instrument.
  • Sight reading. Horn players and drum set students may also be asked to sight read selections from big band charts.

Additional Requirements

  • Piano, Guitar - Demonstrate all basic chords: major, minor, diminished and augmented (added 6th, 7th and 9th).
  • Piano, Guitar - Sight read a simple chord progression.
  • Bass - Walk at least two choruses of the Blues.
  • Drums - Demonstrate time in swing, latin, funk/rock

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