Jazz Audition Requirements

The audition requirements listed below are for the following options ONLY:

  • BACHELOR OF ARTS - Music Education
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS - Music Industry Studies
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS - Music Therapy
  • BACHELOR OF MUSIC - Composition
  • BACHELOR OF MUSIC - Commercial & Media Writing

BA Jazz Audition Requirements:

All BA Jazz students must submit a pre-screen performance as part of our music application process. Once you apply to CSUN, you will receive the music department audition application. The pre-screen deadline has passed for Fall 2024 admission except for graduate students and international students.

1.   All applicants: Major scales in all 12 keys, minimum of 2 octaves per scale. For drummers, please play these on a mallet instrument or piano.

2.   All applicants: One of the following jazz standards. Demonstrate your ability to play a melody with good time feel, function in a traditional manner on your instrument, and improvise for two choruses. Do not exceed 5 minutes on this recorded tune. For Pianists and Guitarists: Accompany the melody with chordal support on your instrument. 

  • All The Things You Are
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • Billie's Bounce
  • Sonny Moon for Two
  • Blue Bossa

3.   For Drummers: Record 8 measures of the following styles: swing, rock, funk, and Latin groove of your choice.

4.   Optional for all applicants: One additional piece of your choice that demonstrates your musical interests. Do not exceed 5 minutes on this recorded piece.

Links to Backing Tracks for preparation of your pre-screen recording

Note: These links will also be available on your music audition application.

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