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- For Undergraduate applicants. [Students seeking a Graduate Studies audition should contact the applicable faculty member and visit www.wmich.edu/music/auditions.]
- For spring 2017 admission
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016
- For fall 2017 admission
Friday Jan. 27, 2017
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 (no Vocal Jazz auditions)
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
If you live more than 300 miles from Kalamazoo, MI you may submit audition material online.
See the Video Audition information below.
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Jazz Scholarship Audition
If you have a strong background in jazz, you might want to audition with the Jazz Area Faculty for jazz scholarship consideration in addition to your other audition. If so, you should be prepared to play or sing:
- A piece of your choice in 12-bar blues form (such as Billie’s Bounce or Straight, No Chaser) with two or three improvised choruses to follow;
- A jazz standard of your choice (such as Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, Oleo) with improvised choruses to follow;
- Sight reading of jazz pieces.
An accompanist will be provided, if necessary.
Jazz Drummers should be prepared to play the following:
1. Swing time at various tempos;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of 12-bar blues and 32-bar AABA (rhythm changes) song forms;
3. Trade 4s, 8s and choruses with a rhythm section over these forms;
4. Demonstrate various Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms; (Mambo, 6/8 Afro, Songo, Samba, Bossa Nova and others)
5. Demonstrate swing and ballad playing with brushes.
Before you can be admitted to any music major, you must complete our audition and testing program. Audition dates are indicated above. If you cannot come to Western on one of these dates, please notify us promptly and we will attempt to determine an alternate date.
You must audition in November, February, or March to ensure entrance and scholarship consideration. Instrumental and vocal studios are limited in the number of students that may be accepted. Admission is highly competitive. Students may audition a maximum of two (2) times for any studio.
In the unlikely event that weather forces WMU to close, School of Music auditions will need to be cancelled. Information on the University’s status may be found at www.wmich.edu or by calling (269) 387-1001. Information on the staus of School of Music auditions will be available at (269) 387-4672.