The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music


Admissions-Audition_guitarGuitarists must first submit a pre-screen recording. We must receive this recording by the application deadline of the term to which you are applying. If the pre-screen is favorably reviewed, applicants must complete a live audition at the school or submit an audition recording. The audition requirements are the same regardless of audition method.

Pre-screen Evaluation Requirements

Applicants must submit the pre-screen recording using Acceptd. The service fee is $25. You may use either your own rhythm section or the pre-recorded accompaniment tracks that we provide. Please fulfill the following requirements:

  1. One chord/melody ballad, such as "Body and Soul." Use of a rhythm section is optional. (Note: if you are using our pre-recorded  accompaniment, we have not provided a track for this requirement.)
  2. Two jazz standards, one of which should be medium/up (quarter note = 200) and the other at a tempo and style of your choice. Applicants must demonstrate comping skills in one of the songs.

If using a pre-recorded accompaniment, the applicant may choose two of the three following songs to fulfill the second requirement:

  • "All Blues"
  • "Straight No Chaser"
  • "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"

Guitar Audition Requirements

Pending a favorable pre-screen evaluation, applicants must perform three jazz standards with a rhythm section provided by the school. Audition tunes must be different from the pre-screen tunes.

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

Applicants must demonstrate their instrument quality, range, articulation, ability to play time, improvise, and play with a rhythm section. The audition room will have a guitar amp. However, each applicant must bring their own patch/instrument cable.

Recorded Auditions

Applicants who pass the pre-screen and 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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