Auditions

MUS 163/363 MO1

Audition material for Fall 2015 Jazz Ensemble I will be the same as the 2015 NMMEA Jazz Audition material. A link to the pdf files are found below.

  • Ballad
  • Swing
  • Funk
  • Chromatic Scale, tongued ascending, slurred descending, your practical range.
  • Sight reading
  • Improvisation (optional, but will be counted for final placement)
  • Everyone is required to play the selections at tempo.

Saxophones

In order to be considered for Jazz I, saxophone section members must show a proficiency on flute and clarinet.  You will be asked to play selected major scales.

Lead Trumpet

Must demonstrate proficiency and accuracy in the register above high “C”.  See lead trumpet part in the audition material.

Rhythm Section

Must show an ability to play in all styles of jazz, ie; Latin, Swing, Funk, and Ballad. Must have a working knowledge of chord changes and jazz voicings.

Drum Set

All must play selected band audition material. In addition to the drum set audition material, set players must play in four styles; swing, shuffle, bossa nova, funk/rock. Sixteen-measures in each style with a one-measure transition between. Feel free to add your own interpretation of the style.

MUS 163/363 M02

Important: Jazz Pedagogy

  • Fall Semester Jazz II
  • MUS 163/363 MO2
  • Jazz Pedagogy

Fall semester, Jazz Pedagogy is offered in place of Jazz Ensemble II.

All NMSU students are invited to explore various concepts of jazz performance practice, jazz improvisation and jazz stylistic technique.

This class will focus on teaching jazz ensemble in a middle school/high school setting. Students may perform on their primary instruments, unless they choose to play a traditional jazz ensemble instrument. They will be exposed jazz theory, interpretation, improvisation and ensemble performance.

NO AUDITION IS NECESSARY

THIS WILL FULFILL THE JAZZ ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENT FOR MUSIC EDUCATION MAJORS AND THE NASM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEPARTMENT

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