Manhattan School Of Music Application Essay

On the day of your audition, you will fill out a repertoire form (provided for you that day) with the pieces that you will present to the faculty. For most auditions, you will choose your first piece, and the faculty will choose the next piece(s). You must be prepared to play all of the pieces you have listed on your repertoire form. Be sure to look at the program page of your intended major for a full list of requirements specific to your audition. Links to the various program pages are provided here, below:

Piano

Voice
Classical, Opera Studies

Musical Theatre

Orchestral Performance
Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, French Horn, Harp, Oboe, Percussion, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Viola, Violin

Jazz Arts
Composition, Bass (Acoustic, Electric), Drumset, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone (Alto, Baritone, Tenor), Trumpet, Trombone (Tenor, Bass), Vibraphone, Voice, Violin/ Viola

Brass
Horn, Trumpet, Trombone (Tenor, Bass), Tuba

Composition

Collaborative Piano

Conducting
Choral, Orchestral

Contemporary Performance
Cello, Clarinet, Double Bass, Flute, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Viola, Violin, Voice

Guitar

Organ

Percussion

Strings
Cello, Double Bass, Harp, Viola, Violin, Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program

Woodwinds
Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone

The objective is to demonstrate the applicant’s level of proficiency, both musically and technically. Memorization is required for all students. The decision of the adjudicating judges is final. Applicants will be asked to perform the following:

Wind Instruments, Violin, Viola, Cello

Prepared selection: Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” — medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. Include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided. Download music in a printable PDF format:

Billie’s Bounce in C
Billie’s Bounce in Bb
Billie’s Bounce in Eb

Improvisation: Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. You must include at least three choruses of improvisation. The selection is your choice, and composers to consider are Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, George Gershwin, Tito Puente, Wayne Shorter, etc. Accompanists will be provided.

Scales: Concert B-flat and F major. Play scales to highest possible range up and down. Tempo: quarter-note=60 and quarter-note=120. Play one scale staccato and one scale legato.

Piano, Guitar, Bass (acoustic and electric)

Prepared selection: Charlie Parker’s “Billie’s Bounce” — medium tempo with standard or alternate chord changes. Include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided. Download music in a printable PDF format:

Billie’s Bounce in C (Treble Clef)
Billie’s Bounce in C (Bass Clef)

BASS ONLY: WALK at least two choruses of “Billie’s Bounce” as well as improvise.

Chords: Demonstrate all basic chords: major, minor, etc.

Improvisation: Play a jazz classic or standard song in any jazz style. You must include at least three choruses of improvisation. Accompanists will be provided.

Comping (GUITAR): Demonstrate comping: Rhythm guitar style and standard regular comping.

Drum Set

Play jazz time: slow, medium, fast on two choruses of 12-bar blues form. Accompanists will be provided.

Demonstrate time in: waltz, rock, Latin, ballad, and brushes. Play on song forms (2 choruses) or vamps (at least 2 minutes each style).

SOLO (improvisation): different styles: jazz, rock, waltz, Latin, and in all tempos.

Play the “Billie’s Bounce” blues choruses: 2 choruses of time, 2 choruses of trading 4s, 2 choruses of solo, repeat chorus of time. Accompanists will be provided. Download music in a printable PDF format:

Billie’s Bounce in C

Demonstrate on Latin instruments, if possible, including bongos and conga.

Prescreening materials are required from the following Precollege applicants by April 1:

  • Jazz Guitar
  • Jazz Piano
  • Jazz Drums
  • Jazz Woodwind Instruments

More information regarding prescreening requirements can be found by registering on the admissions portal.

Secondary Instrument

A student who wishes to study a secondary instrument at the Precollege Division must apply and audition on the secondary instrument. Students studying a secondary instrument are required to take juries and to maintain musical standards similar to those required of students studying a primary instrument.

Audition Date

Auditions for entrance in the fall of 2018 will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. There are no jazz callback auditions.

Deadline

  • March 1 – Preferred Deadline – $75 application fee
  • After March 1 – $125 application fee – applications are considered on a case-by-case basis
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