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Jazz Vibes Major Auditions

Now accepting auditions for our new major in Jazz Studies—Vibraphone

Students who are interested should prepare using the information provided below. Please review our Prospective Student pages for further audition requirements, policies, location, and what to expect on audition day.

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Audition Repertoire

Freshmen

  1. Play the melody of, and improvise over the chord changes to two jazz standards of contrasting styles accompanied by live musicians or pre-recorded accompaniment tracks which you are required to provide.
  2. Comp the chord changes to both tunes using two or four mallets.
  3. Prepare an 8 measure "chord melody" of any jazz standard or one of the first 5 pieces from Vibraphone Technique: Dampening and Pedaling by David Friedman.
  4. As part of the audition process, you will be required to sightread a jazz etude or excerpt, with a consistent time feel to evaluate rhythmic and note accuracy.
Student Jazper Saldana lesson with Nick Mancini.
Student Jazper Saldana recieves a lesson from Professor Nick Mancini.

Transfer Students

  1. Play the melody of, and improvise over the chord changes to two jazz standards of contrasting styles accompanied by live musicians or pre-recorded accompaniment tracks which you are required to provide.
  2. Comp the chord changes to both tunes using four mallets.
  3. Prepare a "chord melody" of an entire jazz standard and one of the first 20 pieces from Vibraphone Technique: Dampening and Pedaling by David Friedman.
  4. As part of the audition process, you will be required to sightread a jazz etude or excerpt, with a consistent time feel to evaluate rhythmic and note accuracy.

Graduate Students

  1. Play the melody of, and improvise over the chord changes to three jazz standards of contrasting styles accompanied by live musicians or pre-recorded accompaniment tracks which you are required to provide. One of the pieces must be performed at a tempo marking of at least 240 bpm.
  2. Comp the chord changes to both tunes using four mallets.
  3. Prepare a "chord melody" of an entire jazz standard and one of the final 10 pieces from Vibraphone Technique: Dampening and Pedaling by David Friedman.
  4. Perform a the melody of and improvise over a jazz standard rearranged in an odd meter such as 5/4, 7/8 or 9/8.

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