The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music


All students applying for admission to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music are required to audition. Auditions take place in February, March, and April for those seeking entry in the next fall semester and in November for those applying to enter in the next spring semester.

Read about our new International Auditions.

Audition Options

All applicants must audition live in New York City (or, now, internationally; see above) or by submitting an audition recording using Acceptd. We strongly encourage everyone who can to attend the live auditions, but we understand that not everyone is able to travel to New York City (or other location) to audition. You must indicate your desired audition method on your online application form. Note: If you are a vocalist living in North America, you are required to audition live.

Audition Repertoire

Prepare and perform three jazz standards.

The standards you perform must include one of each of the following:

  • An up-tempo tune
  • A ballad
  • A blues tune

To read more about specific audition requirements, select your category from the menu to the left.

Audition Evaluation

All auditions (live and recorded) are judged for

  • Individual expression
  • Technique
  • Performance experience
  • Ability to phrase a melody, perform with a committed rhythmic feel, and improvise confidently with a rhythm section

The audition is the primary evaluation tool for both acceptance to the BFA program and scholarship consideration. New School Jazz scholarships, all merit-based, are awarded at the time of admission and included in the letter of acceptance.

Live Auditions

Live auditions take place on campus at The New School in February, March, and April for fall semester admission and in October for spring semester admission. See the Audition Schedule. After submitting your application, you will be sent a link to self-schedule your audition at an available date and time. When selecting your audition date and time, please select the earliest time slot available on your chosen date to ensure that your time will not have to be moved to fit that particular day’s schedule.

Applicants perform their live auditions with a rhythm section composed of current students. The audition review panel consists of New School faculty members.

The audition room is set up with a full drum kit, piano, bass amp, guitar amp, or vocal PA system, as needed. Applicants are required to bring their own instruments (except drums, piano, and acoustic bass applicants), music, instrument cables, and any additional equipment they need to perform.

Applicants arriving more than 30 minutes before their audition will be given a 15 minute warmup period prior to the audition.

Bass applicants may audition on a New School instrument provided they reserve it in advance. Reserve an instrument via email once you have confirmed your audition time.

Drum applicants must audition using the drum kit provided by The New School and are not allowed to use their own cymbals.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants submitting an audition recording must use Acceptd. The service fee is $25. (Select "Online" as your audition option on the application form.)

All audition recordings must be made with a live rhythm section. Recordings done with pre-recorded accompaniment will not be accepted. While the audio of audition recordings should be high quality, we do not require applicants to record their auditions in a professional studio. All audition recording files must be clearly labeled with the applicant's name, the instrument, and the title of each track.

Audition recordings must be received at the Office of Admission by the dates indicated on the Application Deadlines page.

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