Auditions

MUS 163/363 MO1

Auditions for the Jazz Ensembles will be held on Monday and Tuesday prior to the first day of classes for both fall and spring semester.  Audition etude selections will be made available in the Band office, one month prior to the audition.  If you are enrolled in MUS 163/363 and on Canvas, you will be able to download a PDF file of the audition material on line.

Additional audition requirement

  • Chromatic Scale, tongued ascending, slurred descending, your practical range.
  • Sight reading, play along with Smart Music or Bob Mintzer app.
  • Improvisation (optional, but will be counted for final placement)
  • Everyone is required to play the selections at tempo; slower tempos will be accepted with reduced points.

Saxophones

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

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. Will play along with Bob Mintzer Big Band play-along app.

Drum Set

All must play selected band audition material. In addition to the drum set audition material, set players must demonstrate proficiency in four characteristic jazz 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 or in addition to Jazz Ensemble II.

All NMSU music education 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 TO ENROLL IN THE JAZZ PEDAGOGY CLASS.

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

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