The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music



Pianists must audition either by coming to the school for a live audition or by submitting an audition recording. The audition requirements are the same regardless of audition method.

Audition Requirements

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

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

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

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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