Jazz

All students interested in a jazz focus must perform all of the audition requirements listed under their specific instrument as well as the requirements found on this page.

  • All auditionees (except drum set) - perform two major scales and two Dorian modes across a two-octave range chosen from keys up to four sharps and flats (swing eighth notes at quarter note = 140).
  • All auditionees (except drum set) should utilize the etude book, Jazz Conception by Jim Snidero (Advance Music/Kendor)

Winds

  • Perform the etude ROSE from Jazz Conception
  • Improvise one chorus on ROSE changes and two choruses of F concert Blues.
  • Perform a second selection of your choice.

Piano and Guitar

  • Comp changes on the etude GROOVE BLUES from Jazz Conception.
  • Perform a second selection of your choice that includes improvisation.

Bass

  • Walk two choruses of F concert Blues in a moderate swing style.
  • perform the etude A DOLL from Jazz Conception using two-beat and four-beat walking patterns.
  • Improvise one chorus of GROOVE BLUES from Jazz Conception.
  • perform a second selection of your choice.

Drum Set

  • Demonstrate four styles — moderate swing, Bossa Nova, ballad, and funk.
  • Perform a four bar fill in a moderate swing style.

To schedule a meeting or private lesson with a faculty member, please contact Ms. Lisa Graham-Herrick at lgraham@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6239. For all other inquiries regarding the music program and audition requirements, please contact Dr. Amanda Heim at aheim@gettysburg.edu or 717-337-6146.