Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Improvisation)
Applying for 2021 Start Year intake (February)
Live auditions will be held between late October and early November 2020 with some auditions held between. Recorded auditions must be submitted by late October 2020.
You must demonstrate creativity and improvisation skills to gain entry to this major. You will attend an audition if shortlisted, be invited to a call-back.
You are required to perform two pieces, comprising one work from the set list and one work from the following options:
- Your own original composition demonstrating your composition skills (melodic, harmonic and rhythmic language) as well as your skills as an improvising performer; or
- A work from any world music tradition demonstrating your skill as an improvising performer; or
- Another contrasting piece from the set list.
All performed works must include an improvised solo. You must improvise over and with the chosen repertoire, not simply perform the chosen works as scored. Maximum duration of the performance component is 10 minutes.
You must provide your own accompanist(s) for the audition. Whilst the use of backing tracks is not preferred, jazz and improvisation auditions can be undertaken with the assistance of a backing track where live musicians are not available.
Technical information for Jazz & Improvisation auditions:
- Vocalists: You must sing with the use of a microphone. A suitable microphone and amplifier will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own.
- Drummers: You must supply your own cymbals and hi-hat clutch. Drum mats will not be required, as drum auditions occur in a carpeted area. Only one cymbal stand will be supplied for the audition, if more are needed, you are advised to bring them also.
- Bassists/guitarists: You must bring your own instrument and cable. Suitable amplifiers will be provided if required, however you are welcome to bring your own.
- Using backing tracks: Whilst the use of backing tracks is not preferred, Jazz and Improvisation auditions can be undertaken with the assistance of a backing track where live musicians are not available. Audio recordings must be presented in CD-R format or if using an iPod, please bring your own device and a stereo cable (3.5mm to dual RCA, or a 3.5mm to 3.5mm plug)
Callbacks will be made by phone on the day of audition to successful candidates. Please be available all day. Callbacks are for you, not your accompanist/s and will take approximately 15 minutes later that same day
The callback will involve:
- Musicianship – demonstrated knowledge of intervals, chords, chord symbols, music reading ability, scales and arpeggios.
- Performance tasks – you will be asked to undertake various performance tasks and exercises including improvisation and sight-reading.
- Interview – a discussion with the audition panel.
Can't attend the audition?
While we strongly recommend all applicants attend a live audition, applicants who are overseas or interstate may alternatively submit a recorded audition via the SlideRoom Audition Application Form.
Prepare your recorded audition as per the guidelines outlined above.
Applicants will be sent notification of audition schedules and instructions to upload recorded auditions after the application closing date.
Recorded audition due date for will be during the live audition period with exact dates coming soon.
Jazz and improvisation audition workshop
Learn everything you need to know about the audition process and requirements for the Bachelor of Music (Jazz and Improvisation). Available workshops will be published on the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music website
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