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Jazz & Commercial Music Admissions
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1 Apply to Florida State University
Complete the Florida State University Application and pay the $30 application fee.
Florida resident Freshman applicants who apply by October 15 may be considered for an Early Action decision on December 15 based on their academic profile. However, all students must successfully pass an audition in January or February in order to gain admission to the College of Music.
2 Apply to the College of Music
Complete the College of Music Supplemental Application and any additional materials required for your major. The Supplemental Application allows you to select your audition date, and will be added to your Application Checklist within 1-2 hours of submitting your application to FSU. Music Minors and current FSU students seeking to change their major should contact the College of Music Admissions Office for assistance.
A list of all significant solo works you have studied to date. This may include methods and etude studies. Students can upload a list of their own or create a new one on the Application Status Page.
Your letter should be from a music teacher or conductor, and you will enter their contact information on your Application Status Page.
Due at least two weeks prior to the audition – uploaded through the Application Status Check
- Essay (minimum 5 pages) containing mission statement, musical philosophy, and career goals. Required format: 12-pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced.
- Two original songs in lead sheet (musical notation) form. This music should include:
- Composer (yourself)
- Audio Recordings of these two songs
3 Complete your audition
Be sure to review the audition requirements below for your instrument.
Commercial music applicants are also required to audition on an acceptable principal instrument in addition to submitting the portfolio materials above. See audition requirements for your instrument.
For those who choose the recorded audition option:
Video required. All audition materials should be unedited. Please introduce yourself at the beginning of each video. If possible, please record your audition with a backing track. Tracks can be found on YouTube or http://www.learnjazzstandards.com, or by using an app like iReal Pro.
Drum Set applicants should also prepare:
- The snare drum etude “Rolling in Rhythm” from Charley Wilcoxin’s Modern Rudimental Swing Solos
- Play swing time/feel for 1 minute at each of the following tempos: Quarter = 60, 120, 240 (demonstrate time and light fills as well)
- Demonstrate (at any tempo) knowledge of these latin styles: Bossa Nova, Samba, Mambo, 12/8 Afro-Cuban – 1 minute each (demonstrate time and light fills as well)
- Demonstrate knowledge of these essential rudiments: 5- Stroke Roll, 10-Stroke roll, Flam Paradiddle, Triple Ratamacue (Start each slow, build up speed, then back down to slow)
- Find a recording of a jazz standard of your choice to play along with (or record with a live trio, if possible) and perform it thusly: Play along with the recording into a couple solos, then at some point stop the recording and solo over the song form of the tune for (2) choruses, then stop at the point where the melody should come back in.
All music majors and music minor:
Auditions are accepted on the following instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drum Set
Applicants should prepare three jazz selections in contrasting styles (ballad, swing, contemporary jazz) that will best demonstrate their musicianship and proficiency in jazz improvisation. Sample Audition Literature
All applicants should bring three copies of lead sheets for each selection chosen.
Drum Set applicants should also prepare the snare drum etude “Rolling in Rhythm” from Charley Wilcoxin’s Modern Rudimental Swing Solos and may be asked to demonstrate other styles as well.
Common QuestionsExpand All
All undergraduate applicants must pass an audition to enter the College of Music. Auditions are scheduled via the Music Supplemental application, submitted on the Application Status Page. Applicants who complete their supplemental application by December 1st are generally able to secure their first-choice audition date, but requests are honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
Prescreenings are required for the following instruments/degree programs:
- BM or BFA in Music Theatre
- BM in Piano Performance
Prescreening submissions are due by December 1 and results will be released by December 15. Applicants who are successful in this first round will be invited to campus for a full audition on one of the dates listed above. (Music Theatre will have a second round via Zoom, followed by a final round on campus).
Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors. Students who wish to apply for a music minor should contact email@example.com for access to the application.
Current students who wish to apply to the College of Music should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for access to the application.
Auditioning for the music minor also requires a successful audition. Repertoire requirements are generally identical to the requirements for music majors.
Everyone who auditions as a music major is automatically considered for talent scholarships and assistantships, and no additional application is necessary.
While all students are encouraged to audition on campus, most studios will accept a recorded video audition in lieu of a live audition. Students who wish to audition on campus but have scheduling conflicts may request an alternate on-campus audition date. Please note the following recorded audition guidelines:
- CD/DVD submissions will not be accepted – upload your recording(s) to YouTube or Vimeo and attach to the application. YouTube videos may be Public or Unlisted, but not Private.
- Recordings must include video (no audio-only recordings, please) and should be unedited. Video links are to be submitted on the Application Status Page.
- Some areas prefer one continuous recording and others prefer individual recordings of each selection. See repertoire requirements for your instrument for clarification.
- Begin each recording facing the camera and introduce yourself and the piece(s) you are about to present.
- Please ensure that recordings are of the highest quality possible and that all audition requirements are uploaded. We do understand that most applicants will not have access to professional recording equipment – faculty will take this into account in their evaluation. Watch/listen to your recordings before you submit them!
- Voice auditions must be accompanied – no a cappella singing, please. Instrumentalists should play unaccompanied.
- Applicants for Music Theatre will not submit recorded auditions. Auditions will be conducted live, via Zoom. Final callbacks will be on campus.
- Percussion auditions must be completed on-campus except in extraordinary situations (e.g., international applicants). Please contact email@example.com if you wish to request a recorded or remote audition.
Recorded Auditions must be submitted no later than midnight on February 1.
An accompanist is provided, free of charge, for all voice and music theatre auditions on campus. Rehearsal time is not provided, however, and scores should not be submitted in advance. Please bring neat copies, in a book or organized in a binder, in the appropriate key(s). Students may bring their own accompanist to the audition if they wish.
Instrumental auditions will be unaccompanied.
Students are allowed a maximum of three audition attempts per instrument/voice, per degree level (bachelors, master’s, doctoral). Applicants are allowed one audition per application.