Audition Process

  • Fall 2018 Jazz Studies Auditions are scheduled for February 13, 14 & 15, 2018. Application for Jazz Studies are part of the standard Capilano University application process. Please click "how to apply" for detailed information and support with your application.  All 2018 applicants will be contacted. Stay tuned.

    Auditions are required for all entrants. Live audition and testing is preferred. Specific audition requirements for each instrument can be found on this page.

    Once an application has been received, the School of Performing Arts office will contact all students by email to schedule an audition.  

    Online applications are open until the end of March; however, students are encouraged to apply by February.

    When filling out the application form (see 'How to Apply'), please include which instrument(s) you will be auditioning on in the comments section of the form.

    Students applying as a transfer student should include this information in the comment section of the application form as additional challenge tests will be scheduled on the same day as the audition in Piano, Theory and Aural.
      
    *Entrance into the Jazz Studies program is competitive as seats are restricted. Applicants are ranked in comparison with others who audition on the same concentration instrument with the entrance year applied for taken into consideration. Providing that all other entrance requirements have been passed, students will be admitted in the order of their ranking until the seats available for that instrument have been filled.

    Separate auditions are held for the Jazz Choirs and Jazz Bands.

    Acceptance into the program does not guarantee acceptance into these ensembles. It is the student's responsibility to sign up for and attend these auditions. 

    Theory Test

    All applicants are required to demonstrate a knowledge of rudimentary music theory before gaining acceptance into the Jazz Studies Program. The entrance-level test may require applicants to:

    • Identify and/or write major and minor key signatures in 12 keys
    • Identify and/or write major, harmonic minor, natural minor, melodic minor, and blues scales in 12 keys
    • Write and identify intervals including major/minor seconds, thirds, sixth sevenths, and perfect/diminished/augmented octaves, fifths, and fourths
    • Label and/or spell chords using jazz chord symbols including dominant 7th, major 7th, minor 7th, minor 7th flat 5, diminished 7th, dominant seventh with suspended 4th
    • Demonstrate harmonic understanding of 12-bar blues by writing a chord progression
    • Demonstrate an understanding of notated rhythms in the context of simple and compound time signatures 

    Performance Audition

    Auditions are performed privately before a small jury of Jazz Studies faculty members. Each applicant will perform his/her audition material, and then will be guided through a series of musical skill tests, including technique evaluations, ear evaluations, and sight reading. (Please scroll down to see specific requirements for your instrument type.) Applicants who demonstrate an acceptable level of musicianship and ability will be ranked competitively. A set number of first year seats are available each year.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students take the same theory test and performance audition, and prepare the same requirements as first-year applicants. Auditioning faculty will be informed of the students’ previous post-secondary training, and may ask applicants to demonstrate more advanced technical skills. Additional testing (advanced theory, ear, and keyboard assessments) will be scheduled on the same date.

    Keyboard Skills

    Keyboard skills are not required for students other than piano majors, but we recognize that many students who are not auditioning as pianists may have skills and training in this area. Upon demonstration of sufficient skill, a student may be given advanced placement in Keyboard Skills (Jazz 116 and JAZZ 117). For piano majors and or other musicians with advanced piano skills, these required credits are replaced with Secondary PMI credits.  Please consult with the keyboard skills instructor about in the first week of classes.

    Jazz Woodwinds and Brass Performance Audition
    Tunes:

    Perform with your own single accompanist or your own background recordings. Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. All three tunes should include at least one chorus of improvised solo. An acoustic piano, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

    Technical:

    • Perform a short classical etude or technical study of your choosing.
    • Perform major, harmonic minor and traditional melodic minor scales, in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves where possible.
    • Perform arpeggios of major and minor triads and 7th chords (dom7, Maj7, min 7, min7b5, dim7) in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves where possible.
    • Sight-read in both classical and jazz styles.
    • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns, and identify triad types played by the jury.

    Jazz Drums Performance Audition

    Drum Set:

    • Demonstrate swing, Latin, funk, and rock styles.
    • Trade 4’s (play four bars of tune, then four bars of drum solo, repeat).

    Snare Drum:

    • Perform a long roll, flam, ruff/drag, and paradiddle.
    • Perform a prepared solo which includes the above rudiments.
    • Sight read patterns provided by the jury.

    Jazz Vibraphone Performance Audition: 

    Tunes:

    Perform using either two or four mallets, with your own bassist or your own background recordings. Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. All three tunes must include the melody, one chorus of comping, and at least one chorus of improvised solo. A vibraphone, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

    Technical:

    • Perform a short classical piece of your choosing (with four mallets if possible).
    • Perform major, harmonic minor and traditional melodic minor scales in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves.
    • Perform arpeggios of Maj7, min7, dom7, dim7, and min7b5 chords, in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves.
    • Sight read a melody and chordal accompaniment (separately) with a provided lead sheet.
    • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns, and identify triad types played by the jury.

    Jazz Piano Performance Audition
    Tunes:

    Perform with your own bassist or your own background recordings. Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. All three tunes should include at least one chorus of improvised solo. An acoustic piano, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

    Technical:

    • Perform a short classical piece of your choosing.
    • Perform major, harmonic minor and traditional melodic minor scales in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves, hands together.
    • Perform arpeggios of major and minor triads and dominant 7th chords, in 12 keys, ascending and descending, two octaves, hands together.
    • Play Maj7, min7, Dom7, dim7, and min7b5 chords in 12 keys, both hands, solid inversions.
    • Sight read in both classical and jazz styles.
    • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns, and identify triad types played by the jury.

    Jazz Voice Performance Audition
    Tunes:

    Perform with your own single accompanist or with your own background recordings. Be prepared to sing a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. Include an improvised scat solo on at least one of your songs. An acoustic piano, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

    Technical:

    • Perform the four scales provided, singing numbers.
    • Perform the two jazz etudes provided, using scat syllables
    • Sight sing a simple melody.
    • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns, and identify triad types played by the jury.

     Click here to download scales and etudes voice-scales

    Jazz Bowed Strings Performance Audition

    Repertoire:

    Be prepared to play a jazz standard in medium swing tempo, a second standard in contrasting feel (i.e., latin, ballad, waltz) and a 12-bar blues.  Your performance of each selection will include the melody and at least one chorus of improvised solo playing.   A faculty member will accompany the student for the jazz selections.  The applicant should bring clear and legible sheet music for these pieces in order to facilitate this accompaniment.  In addition, be prepared to perform a short classical etude of your choosing. 

    Technical:

    • Perform major, melodic minor, and harmonic minor scales in 12 keys, two octaves, eighth notes at 100 bpm.
    • Perform arpeggios of major and minor triads and 7th chords  (dom7, maj7, min 7, min7b5, dim 7), two octaves in 12 keys.
    • You will be asked to sight read in jazz and classical styles.

    Jazz Guitar Performance Audition
    Tunes:

    Perform with the faculty guitarist provided. (You may elect to bring your own single accompanist, or your own background recordings though it is not necessary.) Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (latin, waltz, ballad, etc.), and a 12‑bar blues. For all three tunes, be prepared to play the melody, chordal accompaniment, and an improvised solo. An amplifier, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

    Technical:

    • Perform a G Major scale in five locations, covering the entire range of guitar (see attached guide), as well as one octave scales in C Major, F Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, E minor, A minor, D minor, G minor, and C minor. Be prepared to demonstrate an ability to adapt to harmonic minor and jazz melodic minor.
    • Perform arpeggios of Maj7, dom7, min7, and min7b5 chords, in 12 keys, root position.
    • Play Maj7, min7, dom7, and min 7b5 chords, in 12 keys, in various voicings along the neck and in “Drop 3” and “Ninth form” voicings (see attached examples in the key of C).
    • Sight read a melody and play chordal accompaniment with a provided lead sheet.
    • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns, and identify triad types played by the jury.
    • Optional: perform a short classical etude or technical study of your choosing.

    *Guitarists in need of technical assistance are advised to consult: The Ronny Lee Jazz Guitar Method—Volume 2, Mel Bay Publications.

    Click here to download scales guitar-voicings

    Jazz Bass Performance Audition

    Tunes:

    Perform with the faculty guitarist provided. (You may elect to bring your own single accompanist or your own background recordings though it is not necessary.) Be prepared to play a jazz standard in a medium swing tempo, a second jazz standard in a contrasting feel (i.e., latin, waltz, ballad), and a 12-bar blues. For all three tunes, be prepared to play the melody, an improvised solo, and a walking bass line. An amplifier, stereo system and music stand will be provided.

    Click here to see an example of a walking bass-line  walking-bass

    Technical:

    • Electric bassists perform two octave scales in G Major, C Major, F Major, Bb Major, E minor, G minor, and A minor, and one octave scales in Eb Major, D minor and C minor. Acoustic bassists perform two octave scales in G Major, F Major, E minor and G minor, and one octave scales in C Major, Bb Major, Eb Major, C minor, A minor, and D minor.
    • Perform arpeggios of Maj7, dom7, min7, and min7b5 chords, in 12 keys, root position.
    • Sight read a melody and play walking bass with a provided lead sheet.
    • Sing pitches, clap rhythmic patterns, and identify triad types played by the jury.
    • Optional: perform a short classical etude or technical study of your own choosing.

    Distance Auditions:

    Live auditions are strongly recommended and we expect students who live within a three or four hour drive from campus will make the effort to come to Capilanou for an audition. We recognize that for some students it may be impossible to attend a live audition in person due to distance and cost of travel. In these instances, the performance audition, interview and aural skills tests will be done via Skype.

    Please note the following important points:

    The Jazz Department will determine whether a distance audition is appropriate and may ask students for supplementary materials to address potential technological problems with the Skype interview.

    Audition requirements will be the same as those listed for live auditions.

    The actual audition time may be 30 minutes or less. 45 minutes will be scheduled for the audition to allow for technological problems.

    If a student misses an audition, we may choose not to reschedule.

    Students will be responsible for organizing an accompanist or use a play-a-long recording for the audition.

    Students are responsible for arranging for their own technical requirements to facilitate their part of the interview. A computer with a fast processor and video card, a good quality camera and microphone will be essential, as will a high-speed internet connection (cable or DSL). The audition panel must be able to clearly see and hear the student and the accompanist.

    Distance auditions will be scheduled according to times convenient for our faculty members regardless of the time zone of the person auditioning.

    The theory test portion of the audition must be completed in real time under the supervision of a suitable exam proctor. A school teacher or other music education professional may perform this role. An exam will be   sent to the proctor and students will complete the exam under his or her supervision. The proctor then sends the completed exam to the Jazz Department. Students are responsible for any and all costs incurred in this regard.

    Students must provide their Skype address prior to the scheduled audition


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