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Part 2 – Improvisation: Applicants will demonstrate improvisation skill by performing one chorus of melody and two improvised choruses on three tunes selected from the following list (There Will Never Be Another You is required). All performances will be with the play-only tracks as specified.

Additional material: Students who audition live may submit additional recordings that demonstrate expertise in jazz performance by uploading the videos in the College of Music online application. These recordings may be of live or studio performances.

Guidelines for Recorded Auditions: Follow the directions on the College of Music application to submit a high quality recorded video audition. The recorded audition must include the first two parts of the live audition. Sightreading is not required for recorded auditions. Read carefully the description of the live audition requirements.

Preparing the video of Parts 1 and 2 (prepared jazz etude and improvisation). Do not edit the individual performances but feel free to use "takes" that demonstrate your best work. Make sure that the camera is 10 to 12 feet from you and that the balance between your instrument and the play-along track is appropriate. When recording the prepared jazz etude use a metronome set at the tempo indicated. Make sure the metronome is audible on the recording.

Additional material: Students who audition by recording may submit additional recordings that demonstrate expertise in jazz performance by uploading the videos in the College of Music online application. These recordings may be of live or studio performances.

You are encouraged to audition live at UNT. Choose one of the scheduled Saturday audition dates at the College of Music or Contact Lynn Seaton to schedule an appointment. We do not accept audition by video only for jazz bass. If you are an international student and cannot come for a live audition, or if it is a hardship to come in person to UNT for a live audition, email Professor Seaton to schedule a live audition over the internet with SKYPE. Email: lynn.seaton@unt.edu

UNT is an upright oriented program with required classical and jazz bass lessons. Most prospects do most of the audition on upright bass and part of it on electric. Ability to play both acoustic and electric basses is not required for entrance into the jazz performance program but is part of placement auditions into lab bands. Placement into most lab bands does require ability to play upright and electric well. The greater the student’s experience on both instruments upon entering the program, the easier the process will be.

1. Submit videos: Follow the directions on the College of Music application to submit a high quality recorded video audition. Your recording (or set of recordings) should be no longer than 15 or 20 minutes. Please submit all five of the required styles: 1) medium tempo standard, 2) jazz blues, 3) jazz ballad, 4) fusion, Latin or funk, and 5) up-tempo standard or rhythm changes. The medium tempo standard and jazz blues should include both a walking bass line and a solo. The others may also contain a solo. All selections should show your ability to function in a rhythm section. (For example, you could record yourself with a video camera while making an audio demo at home, school, a concert, in a studio, etc.) You can record something with a rhythm section, or record yourself playing with a Jamey Aebersold play-along recording or the equivalent. We have no expectations on the quality of the recording. In other words, it is not necessary to record in a professional studio. Make sure you can be seen and heard.

If you are an international student and cannot come for a live audition, or if it is a hardship to come to come in person to UNT for a live audition, email Professor Seaton to schedule a live audition over the internet with SKYPE. lynn.seaton@unt.edu.

New bass students at UNT desiring to become jazz majors may take many of the freshman jazz courses (including Bass Fundamentals and Bass Styles), with certain prerequisites, even before full acceptance into the jazz degree program. Full acceptance as a jazz studies major will occur after successful completion of MUJS 1131 Jazz Performance Fundamentals I for Bass, MUJS 1132 Jazz Performance Fundamentals II for Bass, and acceptance into a jazz lab band by live audition. Jazz lab auditions take place each semester the week prior to the start of classes. They consist of sight reading typical big band charts (reading notes, walking bass lines etc.)

You are encouraged to audition live at UNT. Choose one of the scheduled Saturday audition dates at the College of Music or Contact Lynn Seaton to schedule an appointment. We do not accept audition by video only for jazz bass. If you are an international student and cannot come for a live audition, or if it is a hardship to come in person to UNT for a live audition, email Professor Seaton to schedule a live audition over the internet with SKYPE. lynn.seaton@unt.edu

UNT is an upright bass oriented program. Ability to play both acoustic and electric basses is not required for entrance into the master’s jazz performance program but is part of placement auditions into lab bands. Placement into most lab bands does require ability to play upright and electric well. The greater the student’s experience on both instruments upon entering the program, the easier the process will be. Most prospects do most of the audition on upright bass and part of it on electric. If your training on the acoustic bass is limited, you may be required to pass the classical upper division exam. This may occur after some classical study at UNT. It will be considered a deficiency requirement until completed. The exam consists of playing a classical concerto on the level of the Dragonnetti for the classical faculty.

1. Submit videos: Follow the directions on the College of Music application to submit a high quality recorded video audition. Your recording should be no longer than 15 or 20 minutes. Please submit all five of the required styles: 1) medium tempo standard, 2) jazz blues, 3) jazz ballad, 4) fusion, Latin or funk, and 5) Play the melody, improvise a walking bass line, and solo on an up-tempo version of "Confirmation" from memory. The medium tempo standard and jazz blues should include both a walking bass line and a solo. The others may also contain a solo. Use the bow on one or more of the upright tunes. All selections should show your ability to function in a rhythm section. (For example, you could record yourself with a video camera while making an audio demo at home, school, a concert, in a studio, etc.) You can record something with a rhythm section, or record yourself playing with a Jamey Aebersold play-along recording or the equivalent. We have no expectations on the quality of the recording. In other words, it is not necessary to record in a professional studio. Make sure you can be seen and heard.

If you are an international student and cannot come for a live audition, or if it is a hardship to come to come in person to UNT for a live audition, email Professor Seaton to schedule a live audition over the internet with SKYPE. lynn.seaton@unt.edu