UGA Jazz Minor Degree Auditions

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Admission to the Jazz Minor Degree for Non-Music Majors is determined by a live audition in a student’s primary instrument. Those seeking to earn a Jazz Minor Degree will also need to submit an online application to the School of Music. Applicants are encouraged to schedule a preliminary meeting with Dr. D’Angelo in order to properly determine audition expectations. Repertoire auditions will be specific for each instrument as follows:


  • Chromatic scale full range of instrument
  • Major scales, 3#’s and 3b’s, 2 octaves
  • One memorized 12 Bar Blues in either Bb, or F, plus improvising on the form/chord progression.
  • Sight-reading from big band arrangement provided by instructor



  • Chord change sight-reading provided by instructor
  • Single line sight-reading
  • Major scales, 2#’s, and 2b’s, 2 octaves
  • Play from memory 12 Bar Blues in either Bb or F, melody and chord sequence



  • Major scales, 2 hands, 3#’s, 3b’s, 2 octaves
  • Sight-read lead sheet provided by instructor, playing chords and melody
  • One memorized prepared piece, melody and accompanying chords in the style of one of the following: swing, be-bop, ballad, or Latin



  • Chord change sight-reading – walking bass lines
  • Single line sight-reading
  • One memorized 12 Bar Blues melody and chord sequence
  • Major scales, 2 octaves, 2b’s, and 2#’s.


Drum Set

  • Play 32 bars of time in the following styles: medium swing, sticks and brushes, ¾ meter, sticks and brushes, or any Latin styles. Sight-read big band chart provided by instructor.

Audition times must be coordinated between the instructor and the student.

Punctuality cannot be emphasized enough!


For further information, please contact:

David D’Angelo

Professor of Jazz Studies