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Audition Requirements

Candidates should be comfortable in all registers of their instrument(s) and have advanced control of intonation and tone quality. Familiarity with all major scales is required. Candidates should demonstrate a strong sense of the inner pulse (internal metronome) in their playing.

  • All candidates are required to have a prepared solo for audition. This should be representative of the student’s overall musical and technical ability and approximately one minute in length. Bring one copy of your solo music to the audition
  • Prepare all major scales (at least 2 octaves). Students will be asked to play a minimum of 2 scales. Brass and woodwind players may be asked to play a chromatic scale.
  • All students will be asked to sight-read 1 to 3 selections. These will be provided at the audition.

PERCUSSION REQUIRMENTS

Percussionists may be asked to audition at a time different from their confirmed audition date and time in order to ensure that needed instruments at MTSU are available. In addition to a prepared solo, you must be able to:

Snare Drum: Buss, Roll, Flam Tap, Flam Accent, Ruff, 5 Stroke Roll

Timpani: Tuning P4, P5. Tuning of prepared music plus long roll.

Mallets: 1 octave scales, quarter note = mm 160 per note

MYO Audition Requirements

The Murfreesboro Youth Jazz Orchestra audition will consist of 3 parts.

I. Prepared music: Candidates should plan on performing a jazz standard of their choice. (Play the head, improvise, then play the head out) improvisation is encouraged, but is not required. Here’s a small list of appropriate standards for the audition. However, candidates are NOT required to play a standard on this list: Footprints, Satin Doll, Doxy, Autumn Leaves, Impressions or So What, Summertime, Song For My Father, Maiden Voyage, Cantaloupe Island, Sugar, Watermelon Man, Four, All Blues, Groovin High, Yardbird Suite, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, On Green Dolphin Street, Misty, Just Friends, Killer Joe.

II. Scales: Candidates playing sax, trumpet or trombone will be asked to play 2 major scales. (Any of the 12 major scales could be asked).

III. Sight-reading: Candidates will be asked to sight-read 1 to 3 selections. These will be provided at the audition.

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Drum Set Requirements

  • Demonstrate ability to play various styles such as: Swing (fast/slow), Funk/Rock, Latin (Samba/Bossa Nova), and Afro Cuban 6/8
  • Improvise on a Blues
  • Sight-read a big band chart

Bass Requirements

  • Play a prepared music
  • Walk a bassline on a Blues F
  • Sight-read

Piano Requirements

  • Player a prepared music
  • Comp on a Blues in F and Rhythm Changes in Bb
  • Sight-read

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