The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Drums

Admissions-Audition_Drums

Drummers must either audition live at the school or submit an audition recording. The audition requirements are the same regardless of audition method.

Drums Audition Requirements

Applicants must perform three jazz standards with a rhythm section provided by the school:

  • One up-tempo tune
  • One ballad
  • One blues tune

Applicants must demonstrate their instrument quality, range, and articulation as well as their ability to play time, improvise, and play with a rhythm section.

In the live audition, drummers will perform on our drum kit, using our cymbals. We do not allow drummers to perform on their own cymbals. If you wish to warm up in one of our practice rooms before the audition, we also provide a full drum kit. If you need a left-handed kit, you must notify us when confirming your audition time.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants who are submitting an audition recording should include the same repertoire as is required for the live audition. Recorded auditions must be performed with a live rhythm section. Once the recording is complete, applicants should submit it using Acceptd. The service fee is $25.

 
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