Auditions and Screening: Jazz M.Mus.

The impact of COVID-19 has altered the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. We will not be holding on-campus auditions.

All auditions will be conducted by video recordings and supported by supplemental virtual interviews (for some programs, following review of application and recorded material.)
Deadline to submit recorded auditions: February 1, 2021.

For programs normally requiring screening material, screening for Fall 2021 is not required. Please continue to monitor the admission website for any adjustments to the admission process and audition repertoire.

Questions: please contact [at] (the admission office)

Current McGill students

Note: Students who wish to use their final recital as an entrance audition run the risk of not being considered for entrance scholarships due to the difference in the timing of audition decisions and recitals. We encourage students to submit a recorded audition by February 1st.

Recorded auditions

You must upload a video recording by February 1, which will be considered your audition.

  • Virtual interviews and online interactions may be scheduled for select applicants. Applicants may be contacted after admission material has been submitted. You are not required to sign up in advance.

Recorded audition requirements

  1. Perform five pieces of various tempos and styles from the standard jazz repertoire, including a ballad and up-tempo “rhythm changes” tune.
  2. Perform an original composition.
  3. Include a list of 25-30 standard jazz tunes from your performing repertoire and a lead sheet of the original composition.

All instruments: performances must be accompanied by live musicians.

In addition, please follow the requirements below for your respective instrument if listed.

Brass: A classical étude

Piano: One jazz standard of the five required can be a solo piano piece (this appreciated but      not required)               

Drums: At least three of the five jazz standards should have a swing feel

Bass: For each piece, demonstrate your ability to accompany a soloist and take an improvised solo. Play the melody for at least two of the pieces.
In addition, a solo classical etude played with the bow may be included if you wish but is not required. Electric bass players may perform the optional etude without the bow.

How to record your material

  • Make sure the sound quality on your video recording is excellent. Re-record a piece if it does not sound clear. Your recordings should be less than 8 months old.
  • You can submit recordings from live performances.
  • We accept avi, mov, mp4 or wmv formats. 
  • Follow the instructions to upload your video by February 1, 2021. Upload times depend on file size and speed of service provider.
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