Jazz Studies Program: Declaration and Jury
After four semesters of traditional applied training, a sophomore jury will determine acceptance into the jazz emphasis program. If the student does not pass the jury on the first attempt, the student may retake the jury the following semester. The student may not take the jury more than twice.
Components of the Jazz Jury
- From the list below of 12 jazz standards, two will be performed: one selected by the faculty, and one selected by the student. These pieces must be memorized. Performances will include the melody as well as several choruses of improvisation on the song’s form.
- Transcription: prepare a short transcription of a solo played on your instrument. A selection at a medium-tempo is recommended to best demonstrate sound, articulation, time feel and stylistic concepts. The transcription may be performed unaccompanied or along with the original recording.
- Sight reading
- Scales: Demonstrate fluency with all scales and technical requirements listed.
- Drummers must
- prepare all scales and song melodies on mallet instruments
- include trading 4’s and/or 8’s in their performance of the memorized standards
- Bassists must demonstrate the ability to improvise appropriate bass lines on each piece.
- Pianists must demonstrate “comping” on all jazz pieces.
Standards for the Jazz Jury
- All The Things You Are
- Alone Together
- Billie’s Bounce
- Body & Soul
- Maiden Voyage
- Out of Nowhere
- Someday My Prince Will Come
- Stella By Starlight
- What Is This Thing Called Love?
Scales (prepared in all 12 keys)
- major and all major modes
- minor (harmonic, melodic and “jazz melodic minor” forms)
- modes of harmonic minor and “jazz melodic minor”
- major and minor pentatonics
- diminished (1/2, w & w, 1/2)
- whole tone
- bebop scale (mixolydian with passing tone)