The audition will last for 30 minutes. Assessment will be based upon the applicant's ability to combine creativity with a sound technique and strong aural skills. The table below provides information about the audition process.
|In the Audition||- perform two pieces - either two standards or one standard and an original composition - that best illustrate your interest and ability in areas of music that involve improvisation. Some knowledge of jazz based improvisation should be demonstrated, but non jazz improvisation may also be employed. |
- have a short interview
- take a short sight-reading test
- improvise over changes by ear and from reading chord symbols
repeat phrases played by a member of the audition panel (who will play the same instrument as the applicant)
Important notes for jazz candidates:
Jazz Vocalists, please note that microphones will not be provided. If you require a microphone, please bring your own.
Jazz Drummers should not bring their own cymbals and note the following from the Head of Jazz:
Prepare two contrasting pieces, i.e. tempo and feel. Make sure that you improvise, either 4's, 8's or open/free. You will have approximately 20 minutes to rehearse with a rhythm section (provided by Trinity). It will be helpful if you can demonstrate some keyboard skills, i.e. II V I and recognise major 7th, minor 7th, dominant 7th chords and half-diminished chords by ear. There will be some straight forward sight-reading in a big band style (you will be accompanied by a rhythm section plus a saxophonist).
If you do not understand any of the requirements above, discuss them with your teacher.
For more information on Jazz auditions, and guidance on how to submit a recording for pre-auditioning, please click here.