College of Performing Arts Graduate Audition Requirements

An interview, either in person, by telephone or Skype, is required with the director of the program to which you are applying. Applicants to the Master of Music in Jazz Studies will have their interview at the time of their audition. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of Admission prior to the interview. For a list of program directors and their contact information, please click here.

Master of Music in Jazz Studies

Applicants to the Master of Music in Jazz Studies must successfully complete a performance audition. In-person auditions are required, however videotaped auditions may be accepted from those applicants residing outside of the USA.

Audition Requirements

The audition will consist of three elements:

  1. A written entrance examination to measure competency in the following jazz/contemporary skills:
    1.  Aural
    2. Theoretical
    3. Arranging
    4. historical
  2. An interview to discuss your educational and professional goals
  3. A performance (see specific requirements for each instrument)

Students who are deficient in some requirements but who are, in the opinion of the adjudicating faculty, capable of attaining them between the time of their audition and actual entrance into the program, may be conditionally accepted.

Guitar

Improvisation

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency, musicality, and improvisational ability with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All the Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Two octaves, four different fingerings, all performed from any pitch in eighth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 120

Sight-reading

  • Studies comparable to Charlie Parker Omnibook
  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced level etude (i.e. Joe Pass chord/melody)
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 32 bars (bring the recording)
  • Demonstrate proficiency at comping in various styles
  • Perform an unaccompanied chord/melody arrangement on a standard jazz tune using intricate voicings, single note fills, variations, and reharmonization

Piano

Improvisation

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency, musicality, and improvisational ability with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All the Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Two hands, four octaves, all performed from any pitch in sixteenth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 108

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read and interpret a lead sheet
  • Demonstrate the ability to sight-read two hand piano arrangements
  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced level etude or classical piece (may be an advanced jazz composition written for two hands)
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 32 bars (bring the  recording)
  • Demonstrate proficiency at comping in various styles
  • Perform an original harmonic reworking of a tune from the standard repertoire

Vibraphone

Improvisation

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency and musicality with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All the Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Two octaves, all performed from any pitch in sixteenth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 108

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read chord progressions
  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform a solo from advanced four mallet repertoire which demonstrates pedal and damping techniques
  • Perform a jazz solo transcription for vibraphone (minimum 32 bars)
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 16 bars for vibraphone (bring the recording)
  • Demonstrate proficiency at comping in various styles
  • Perform an unaccompanied chord/melody arrangement

Bass

Improvisation

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency and musicality with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All the Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Two octaves, all performed from any pitch in eighth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 96

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read chord progressions
  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced level etude or classical piece
  • Perform a jazz solo transcription for bass (minimum 32 bars)
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 16 bars for bass (bring the recording)
  • Demonstrate proficiency at performing appropriate bass lines in various styles

Saxophone and Woodwinds

Improvisation

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency and musicality with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Entire range of the instrument, all performed from any pitch in eighth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 96

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read chord progressions
  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced level etude (Ferling, Karg-Elert, LaBanchi) or classical piece
  • Perform a jazz solo transcription for saxophone (minimum 32 bars)*
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 16 bars for saxophone (bring the recording)*

* Woodwind majors should apply these requirements to their specific instruments

Trumpet

Improvisation

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency and musicality with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Two octaves, all performed from any pitch in eighth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 96

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read chord progressions
  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced level etude (Charlier, Brandt, Bitsch, Smith) or classical piece
  • Perform a jazz solo transcription for trumpet (minimum 32 bars)
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 16 bars for trumpet (bring the recording)
  • Perform the head to Clifford Brown’s “Joy Spring” from memory or "Donna Lee" from memory

Trombone

Improvisation

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency and musicality with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Two octaves, all performed from any pitch in eighth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 96

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read chord progressions
  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced level etude or classical piece
  • Perform a jazz solo transcription for trombone (minimum 32 bars)
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 16 bars for trombone (bring the recording)

Drum Set

Improvisation

  • Demonstrate (with a rhythm section) all jazz/contemporary styles (American, traditional, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban), selections from the standard jazz repertoire, using sticks and brushes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All The Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad
  • Solos of all lengths (4s, 8s, 12s, chorus) demonstrating improvisational fluency and knowledge of song form (all tempos and meters)

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate proficiency at sight-reading standard big band or fusion arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced level snare drum etude demonstrating technical and rhythmic proficiency
  • Perform a jazz solo transcription for drums (minimum 32 bars)
  • Present and perform a properly notated original transcription of a recorded solo of at least 16 bars for drum (bring the recording)
  • Perform an original solo drum set piece (composed by applicant/hand notated/ minimum 2 minutes)

Voice

Literature

  • A performance (with a rhythm section or Aebersold CD) demonstrating proficiency, musicality and improvisational ability (using scat syllables) with tunes from the standard jazz repertoire (i.e. All the Things You Are, Stella By Starlight, Cherokee) and a ballad

Scales/Modes/Arpeggios (drawn from the lists at the end)

  • Entire range of the voice, all performed from any pitch in eighth notes at a tempo of quarter note = 96

Sight-reading

  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read melodies with lyric
  • Demonstrate ability to sight-read lead sheets and vocal arrangements

Other Performance Requirements

  • Perform an advanced-level vocal etude
  • Present and perform a properly notated transcription of a jazz vocal scat recording (minimum 32 bars)

Scales/Modes

Major, harmonic minor, melodic minor, jazz minor, dorian, phrygian, lydian, mixolydian, aeolian, locrian, blues, major and minor pentatonic, whole-tone, bebop dominant, diminished, dominant diminished, lydian augmented, Lydian dominant, locrian #2, diminished whole-tone (superlocrian).

Arpeggios

Major 7, dominant 7, minor 7, minor 7b5, diminished 7, minor/major 7,major 9, dominant 9, dominant 7b9, minor 9.

Master of Music in Music Education

Applicants should show successful completion of an undergraduate degree in music education from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This program is designed for teachers who currently hold certification and therefore does not lead to Pennsylvania Teacher Certification. Applicants are required to submit a DVD/CD/VHS video tape of at least ten minutes of classroom or private teaching and/or conducting that demonstrates the applicant's teaching skill and musicianship. Applicants will be required to interview with the program director to discuss his/her educational and professional goals.

Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching in Music Education

In addition to general requirements for graduate admission to The University of the Arts, the following specific requirements apply to the MAT in Music Education program:

  1. Successful completion (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher) of an undergraduate degree in musical performance, composition, theory, history/literature, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Successful completion (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher) of co requisite coursework and/or acquired competencies as follows:
    1. Introductory course in Educational Psychology
    2. Course in Child Growth Development
    3. Knowledge of current issues, trends, and methods in music teaching, and lesson planning
    4. Actual field experience involving observation, teaching, and lesson planning
    5. Functional skills on piano
    6. Course in basic conducting and score reading
    7. Course in orchestration/arranging

Note: Corequisites may be satisfied through the following:

  • Completion of The University of the Arts Music Education minor
  • Individual examination
  • Documented professional experience
  • Completion of appropriate courses at another institution
  1. A DVD /CD of at least ten minutes of classroom or private teaching (maybe simulated), and/or conducting that demonstrates the applicant's teaching skill and musicianship.
  2.  Successful live or taped performance audition. Audition may be waived for Bachelor of Music graduates of The University of the Arts. Please contact the Office of Admission for specific audition requirements.
  3. A letter of application including a description of career goals and the contribution that MAT degree study will make toward the attainment of those goals.
  4. An interview to discuss your educational and professional goals.