Jazz Intensive Audition Requirements

Jazz Intensive Auditions

Thank you for your interest in Coast Music’s Jazz Intensive!  We prefer in-person and zoom auditions. Please email coastmusicstaff@gmail.com to schedule an audition, or text Beth at 310-213-5299. 

Our goal with these auditions is to:

  • To get to know you and learn to about your experience, goals and aspirations.
  • Determine readiness for our jazz intensive program.
  • Get a sense for your current level of musicianship in a variety of areas. This will help us place students in groups that will challenge, but not overwhelm.
  • To answer any questions you may have about our jazz program.

Please prepare the following:

Woodwinds and Brass

  • Play 2 two-octave major scales
  • Play 2 one-octave minor scales
  • Play a chromatic scale
  • Play a blues scale (any key)
  • Read from the lead sheet samples that will be presented to you or emailed to you. Examples will not be difficult.
  • Please play 2 short contracting songs. The first song must be a medium or fast swing tune. The second song should be contrasting in tempo and style (ex: Ballad, Latin, Bossa Nova, Blues etc.) Please improvise on 1 of the 2 songs.

Vocalists

  • Sing a one-octave chromatic scale
  • Sing a one-octave blues scale (any key)
  • Please sing 2 short contracting songs. One must be a medium or fast swing tune. The second song should be contrasting in tempo and style (ex: Ballad, Latin, Bossa Nova, Funk etc.)
  • Demonstrate your ability to improvise on one of your song selections or over a 12-bar blues.

Pianists and Guitarists

  • Play 2 two-octave major scales
  • Play 2 two-octave minor scales
  • Play 2 chord inversions of your choice (triads or seventh chords). Please play in all inversions both harmonically and melodically
  • Read from the lead sheet samples that will be presented to you or emailed to you. We will are interested in ability to comp chords, read melodies and follow the form. We are not expecting an advanced level. We are simply need to know what your vocabulary is today.
  • Please play 2 short contracting songs. The first song must be a medium or fast swing tune. The second song should be contrasting in tempo and style (ex: Ballad, Latin, Bossa Nova, Blues etc.) Please improvise on 1 of the 2 songs.

Drumset

  • Please demonstrate you ability to play the following grooves on the drumset. If you don’t know what these are, then you can just listen and copy what you hear:
    • 4/4 swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Bossa Nova
    • Funk or RnB
  • Please play 2 short contracting songs. The first song must be a medium or fast swing tune. The second song should be contrasting in tempo and style (ex: Ballad, Latin, Bossa Nova, RnB etc.) Please improvise on 1 of the 2 songs above or on a simple groove.