School of Music
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center

Jazz

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BM in Jazz Performance

American Jazz  is a reflection of America’s history. As American culture evolves, people from all over the world come here, carrying with them their musical traditions, styles, instruments, and the cultural and spiritual expression within their music.   At FIU we have a student body comprised of young people from diverse cultures – North America, the Caribbean, and South and Central America in particular.

One of our main goals is to nurture these young musicians ability to express themselves through music, incorporating their ethnic and cultural traditions within the creative  framework of American Jazz. While instilling a high level of proficiency within the existing American Jazz idiom, our emphasis on self-expression and experimentation fuels innovation and originality in instrumental performance, composition, and improvisation. This process is the essence of American Jazz.

FIU Jazz Ensembles perform on-campus concerts and events, as well as jazz festivals and clubs. Guest artists such as Adam Nussbaum, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero, Paquito D’Rivera, Johnathan Blake, Marco Marcinco, John Fedchock, Randy Brecker, and others are often featured in concerts as well as workshops and clinics.

 

Admissions & Audition Information

HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU Admissions. 

All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application – Completing the GetAcceptd submission and pre-screening process is essential and required of all students applying to FIU’s School of Music. If you pass the pre-screening you will be invited to a live audition. Live audition dates are listed below. In the application you will be asked to select your preferred live audition date. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Your materials must be submitted through GetAcceptd at least 72 hours prior to your preferred live audition date. Click here to submit your pre-audition materials and select a live audition date.

 

Submit the following for your GetAcceptd Pre-Screening:

Pre-Screening Videos should include the melody and at least one chorus of improvisation on each of the following:

  • One medium or up tempo jazz standard
  • One jazz standard ballad
  • One free selection that contrasts the above two (Latin, fusion, etc.)
  • Rhythm section instruments (piano, guitar, bass & drums) include – comping chord changes, walking bass lines, stylistically appropriate drum rhythmic patterns.

 

Your materials will be reviewed based on the following:

  • Instrumental tone quality, technique – clarity, idiomatic articulation, rhythmic feel, etc.
  • Maturity of musical interpretation and fidelity to the piece.
  •  Level of the pieces performed.

 

If you are considered a likely candidate, based on the materials submitted through GetAcceptd, applied faculty will require a live audition at which additional performance material will be requested – for example:

  • Winds, piano, bass, and guitar – scales, chords, comping, walking bass, etc.
  • Drums – stylistic rhythmic patterns, stick technique, etc.
  • General – additional repertoire, advanced scale and vocabulary knowledge.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

Theory Placement

All entering undergraduates must take a theory placement test.  At the very least, they must take a Music Fundamentals test.  Entering freshmen that have taken high school theory and transfer students who have previously taken college-level theory can try one of the upper-level tests to place out of one or more courses from the theory and sight-singing sequences. The theory placement tests may be taken either on one of our audition days or on the Thursday before the first week of classes in both Fall and Spring. For further information regarding theory placement tests, please visit the Theory Information webpage.

MM in Jazz Performance

American Jazz is a reflection of America’s history. As American culture evolves, people from all over the world come here, carrying with them their musical traditions, styles, instruments, and the cultural and spiritual expression within their music. At FIU we have a student body comprised of young people from diverse cultures – North America, the Caribbean, and South and Central America in particular. One of our main goals is to nurture these young musicians ability to express themselves through music, incorporating their ethnic and cultural traditions within the creative framework of American Jazz. While instilling a high level of proficiency within the existing American Jazz idiom, our emphasis on self-expression and experimentation fuels innovation and originality in instrumental performance, composition, and improvisation. This process is the essence of American Jazz.FIU Jazz Ensembles perform on-campus concerts and events, as well as jazz festivals and clubs. Guest artists such as Adam Nussbaum, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero, Paquito D’Rivera, Johnathan Blake, Marco Marcinco, John Fedchock, Randy Brecker, and others are often featured in concerts as well as workshops and clinics.


HOW TO GET STARTED NOW-

1. Complete FIU application – Applicants who do not complete FIU’s online university application cannot be fully reviewed for admission by the School of Music, nor can they be considered for music scholarships or graduate assistantships. Click here to visit FIU  Graduate Admissions.  All students seeking admission to the School of Music must audition on an instrument/voice, including freshmen and transfer students. This includes prospective majors and minors in music. We urge you to apply and audition as early as possible so that you can be considered for a scholarship or receive financial assistance.

 

2. Complete your GetAcceptd application 

 Please upload the following via GetAcceptd:

  • A high quality video or audio recording(s), five to seven minutes in length, of the items listed below under Pre-Screen Requirements. Include a brief description of your experience in the Jazz idiom (in school or otherwise) and with whom you have studied. Graduate prospects add information of where you earned your Undergraduate degree.

 

Pre-Screen Requirements

All pre-screens should include the melody and at least one chorus of improvisation on each of the following:

  • One medium or up tempo jazz standard
  • One jazz standard ballad
  • One free selection that contrasts the above two (Latin, fusion, etc.)
  • Rhythm section instruments (piano, guitar, bass & drums) include – comping chord changes, walking bass lines, stylistically appropriate drum rhythmic patterns.

 

Whether or not the performance level of the materials meets the criteria for admittance into the Graduate programs will be determined by the Jazz Performance Faculty, based on:

  • Instrumental tone quality, technique – clarity, idiomatic articulation, rhythmic feel, etc.
  • Maturity of musical interpretation and fidelity to the piece.
  • Level of the pieces performed.

 

Live Audition Requirements

If you are considered a likely candidate based on the materials submitted through GetAcceptd, applied faculty will likely require a live audition at which additional performance material will be requested – for example:

Winds, piano, bass, and guitar – scales, chords, comping, walking bass, etc.

Drums – stylistic rhythmic patterns, stick technique, etc.

General – additional repertoire, advanced scale and vocabulary knowledge.

 

Auditions are held at 9:00am in the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center (WPAC) by appointment or on the following days:

Saturday, November 5, 2016 | Saturday, February 4, 2017 | Saturday, March 4, 2017

Gary Campbell

 Program Coordinator of Jazz Studies | Professor, saxophone

Tel: 305-348-1854

Email: campbelg@fiu.edu

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