Admission Requirements - Jazz Studies
Contact the CCM Admissions Office for information on application, auditions, scholarships, and financial aid. A Cincinnati audition is highly recommended, but an audio tape/CD or a regional audition is permitted. Students auditioning at a regional audition should provide their own rhythm section accompanists, or a 'play-along' recording and their own playback equipment.
Those who perform on instruments other than saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass or drums should contact the CCM Admissions Office about special jazz audition procedures before completing the application.
Audition Requirements - Jazz Studies
BM applicants should prepare at least two tunes of contrasting styles and tempos from the standard jazz repertoire such as Autumn Leaves, Satin Doll, All the Things You Are, Blue Bossa, Meditation, I Can't Get Started, Now's the Time. The melody should be stated in a convincing jazz style followed by improvised choruses. The audition should also include a short 'classical' solo (optional for guitarists and drummers). Sight reading, major and minor scales, and arpeggios may be requested.
Graduate applicants should prepare at least three tunes of contrasting styles and tempos from the standard jazz repertoire such as Stella by Starlight, Dolphin Dance, Giant Steps, or Anthropology. The melody should be stated in a convincing jazz style followed by improvised choruses. Sight-reading, scales, and chords may be requested.
Drummers should be prepared, in lieu of the above, to perform varying time feels, including slow to very fast swing, bossa nova, samba, ballad with brushes and funk; to 'trade fours' and to sight read big band parts. A drum set will be provided for CCM auditions but not at regional auditions. Drummers should bring their own drum sticks and brushes (cymbals are optional) but must play the drum set provided. Drummers will also be asked to demonstrate a basic knowledge of reading treble and bass clef.
Students applying for a B.M. in Music Education with an Additional Specialization in Jazz or for a Double Major in Jazz Studies and Music Education will be scheduled for an interview with the Music Education faculty in addition to their jazz audition.