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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

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 clutch, 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.