How to Audition for BM in Jazz Studies

How to Audition for BM in Jazz Studies

All prospective and transfer students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition. Apply for undergraduate study.

All applicants to the Jazz Studies program are considered for a variety of talent-based awards without further application.

Submit Your Prescreen Video

All undergraduate applicants – freshmen and transfers – must send the link to a prescreening video uploaded to YouTube. Subsequent to this prescreening of your video performance, in-person audition, and interview invitations will be issued if appropriate. Early Decision I and Early Decision II applicants will be evaluated based on their video submission and will not have to audition in person.

You must submit your prescreening video online by the dates listed below. Materials submitted after these dates may not be accepted. Please remember to attach the information sheet to your email with your YouTube video submission.

It is highly recommended to play with a band and not use a play-along recording.

Prescreen Video Deadlines

November 1, 2018: Early Decision I
December 1, 2018: Early Decision II and regular decision

Prescreen Video Details and Requirements

Required repertoire for prescreen:

  1. Blues in F: “Billie’s Bounce” (Charlie Parker)
  2. Jazz standard: "All The Things You Are" (Jerome Kern)
  3. Your choice of an up-tempo standard
  4. Your choice of an original composition (optional)

Schedule Your Audition

In-person auditions and interview invitations will be issued as appropriate after the prescreening video is submitted.

Note for prospective transfer students: Though NYU's deadline for Spring transfer admission is November 1 and our deadline for Summer/Fall transfer admission is April 1, we suggest that you submit your Common Application one month in advance. Submitting your Common Application early will leave you more time to schedule an audition by our deadlines below.

Early Decision I and II applicants will be evaluated based on their video submission. No in-person audition is needed.

Audition Dates

March 4 – March 7, 2019, by invitation, for regular decision undergraduate degree applicants.

Audition Details and Requirements

Please prepare three contrasting tunes selected from the standard jazz repertoire. These should be tunes that you can “call” in a jam session setting. You should stick to swing, ballad, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban or Afro-Peruvian grooves. Avoid rock, funk, or pop music. (While these styles are valid and we teach them at NYU, for auditions and interviews we prefer to hear you on standard repertoire.)

What Should I Bring to My Interview/Audition?

Bring an open mind and positive attitude. You should bring your instrument unless you are a drum set player, in which case a drum kit will be provided (please bring your own cymbals). Double basses cannot be provided.

What Should I Expect at My Audition?

  • The session:
    The audition will take place in a jam session setting. You will be in a group of about 20 students. NYU faculty and current NYU students will also participate in a supportive and friendly environment. You will play, listen and call tunes. The process will last about two hours and you will be immersed the entire time.
  • Other musicians:
    You will be immersed in the live audition at NYU for at least two hours. In addition you will have the opportunity to talk to faculty and current students in a social meal setting afterward.
  • Questions:
    The faculty may decide to ask you questions about your training, your experience, and your goals. This is done in an attempt to get to know you better and to take advantage of our time together. You should feel free to also ask questions to everyone you meet in order to determine if NYU is the right place for you.
  • Coaching and direction:
    The faculty member leading any particular session may suggest that you make some adjustments or solo or changes using a particular approach or technique. This is done in order to determine how readily and receptively you work with instruction and how well you think on your feet as a jazz artist. Just stay alert and use your common sense and you will do fine.