Jazz Auditions Fall, 2020

First-Time Freshman are required to register to the University by Nov. 30.

Registration to the University is an entirely different process than the music audition but is an integral part of being accepted to CSUN.


Jazz Majors:

Pre-screening Video Audition


Go to the music department web site, https://csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/music/audition-placement,

follow instructions by clicking on the Audition Application “button”. .


  1. Introduce yourself and explain why you want to study jazz at CSUN. (1-2 minutes)
  2. Jazz Standards
    • Prepared 3 “standard” tunes for performance with rhythm section. Live musicians are recommend, but not required.
      • Medium to Fast Swing
      • Ballad
      • Straight 8th (Bossa Nova, Samba)
    • Play the melody, solo (any length), and play the melody out.
      • Piano, Guitar, Vibes: “comp” 2 choruses (in addition to soloing)
      • Bass: walk two choruses (in addition to soloing)
    • Pianists, bassists, vibraphonists and guitarists should play one of their standard tunes unaccompanied. (No comping or walking bass required for this)

Examples of standards:

All The Things You Are

Autumn Leaves

Blue Bossa

But Beautiful

Darn That Dream

My Romance

There Will Never Be Another You


Watch What Happens


Like Someone In Love

Take The A Train

There is No Greater Love

Billie’s Bounce


Blue Monk

Body and Soul


  1. For Drums/Percussion
    • Drums should demonstrate over the course of their audition:
      • Keeping time behind a soloist
      • Trading fours or eighths
      • Soloing over the form
    • In place of the ballad, prepare a solo piece (2-5 minutes), demonstrating various styles, including:
      • Medium and fast swing
      • Shuffle
      • Funk or Hip-Hop or Soul
      • Straight 8th (Bossa Nova, Mambo, Samba, Songo, etc.)

If your video is accepted, you will be asked to come to CSUN, February 1, or 15th, for a live audition. A rhythm section will be provided.

If you are unable to come to CSUN, your pre-screen video will be used for your entire audition process.