Music

  • Production still from SERSE
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

CSUN Jazz Department Audition Procedure:

Horns/Strings (not bass)/Voice:

Introduce yourself and explain why you’re interested in studying jazz at CSUN. (1-2 minutes)

Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once and solo for 3 choruses.

  • All The Things You Are
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • Billie's Bounce
  • Oleo

Perform Body and Soul with live musicians or the provided backing track. Play the melody once and solo for one chorus.

Perform on straight 8th tune listed below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once and solo for 2 choruses.

  • Blue Bossa
  • Footprints
  • My Little Suede Shoes

Link to Melodic Instrument Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/8jcg6ddlrowvmnt4jqhrjgzpykzs7936

Chordal Rhythm Section Instruments:

Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).

Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, comp for one chorus, and solo for two choruses.

  • All The Things You Are
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • Billie's Bounce
  • Oleo

Perform Body and Soul unaccompanied or with the provided backing track (*unaccompanied preferred). Play the melody once and solo for one chorus.

Perform one straight 8th tune listed below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, comp for one chorus, and solo for 2 choruses.

  • Blue Bossa
  • Footprints
  • My Little Suede Shoes

Link to Harmonic Instrument Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/hnu74p6lbqapg50rjdes714niqjtls5b

Bass:

Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes).

Perform one medium to fast jazz tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, walk for one chorus, and solo for two choruses. 

  • All The Things You Are
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • Billie's Bounce
  • Oleo

Perform Body and Soul with live musicians or the provided backing track. Play the head once, walk for one chorus, and solo for one chorus.

Perform straight 8th tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play the melody once, walk for one chorus, and solo for one chorus.

  • Blue Bossa
  • Footprints
  • My Little Suede Shoes
       Link to Bass Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/rf7suelqydzx5zr6fxzpqbxegmtfz93j

Drums/Percussion:

Introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in studying jazz at CSUN (1-2 minutes). 

Perform one medium to fast swing tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play time/comp with the melody, two choruses of someone else’s solo, and solo over the form for two choruses. 

  • All The Things You Are
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • Billie's Bounce
  • Oleo

Perform one straight 8th tune from the list below with live musicians or the provided backing tracks. Play time/comp for the melody one time through the form and two choruses of someone else’s solo. Then, trade 4’s for two choruses.

  • Blue Bossa 
  • Footprints
  • My Little Suede Shoes
        Link to Drums Backing Tracks: https://mycsun.box.com/s/1dmct623eikj6o29h5earitqukk72816

Demonstrate 8 measures of the following styles (feel free to stop in-between).
Up-tempo swing, shuffle, jazz ballad time, 12/8 Afro Cuban, bossa nova, 3/4 jazz waltz, and funk.

Perform one rudimental snare drum solo of your choice.

Applicants will be notified if they are invited for a Zoom interview by February 20th.

By invitation only: 15-20 minute Zoom interview - to be held the first two weekends in March.