Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Requirements


Jazzschool Young Musicians Program Requirements

We’re thrilled to announce the return of in-person Jazzschool Young Musicians Program ensembles for Fall 2021!

The Jazzschool Young Musician Program ensembles require a commitment of three quarters (fall, winter and spring). Students unable to commit to a full school year are still encouraged to audition, however, priority will be given to those who can remain in the program for the entire school year. Students wishing to audition mid-year will be placed in the program based on the availability of open spots in ensembles and the student’s ability level. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate all students but it is our mission to find a place for everyone if at all possible.


High school and middle school combos:

August 28 & 29, 2021

Studio Band:

August 21 & 22, 2021

Advanced High School Jazz Workshop: 

August 29, 2021


To schedule an audition, please fill out the ONLINE APPLICATION. After your application is received, you will be contacted within 1 – 2 weeks with an audition time. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be scheduled at the earliest available time. Students will be contacted with placement information following the audition.

Advanced High School Jazz Workshop Audition Instructions

Pre-screening: students may be asked to send in a recording of themselves playing a jazz standard before scheduling an audition.

Students should prepare one ballad and one uptempo tune, memorizing the melody and changes.

Please choose from the following:


You Go To My Head, Miyako, Weaver of Dreams

Up Tempo

Shade of Jade, Room 608, Grand Central

Leadsheets are available here.

Students will also sightread a provided piece at the audition.

Drummers should be prepared to play in odd-metered time signatures.

Studio Band Audition Instructions

  1. Please play the melody and solo over a jazz standard of your choice, unaccompanied.
  2. Please play the prepared piece for your instrument (find charts here.)
  3. You will also be asked to sight-read a piece.

Students that audition for the Studio Band and Advanced High School Jazz Workshops are automatically considered for Jazzschool youth combos as well.

High School and Middle School Combo Audition Instructions

Entering musicians are asked to prepare a skill-level appropriate jazz standard, improvise over a 12-bar blues (optional) or rhythm changes (for high school students only) and sight-read.

Drummers: please demonstrate your ability to play a swing groove, a Latin or straight 8th groove, and improvise within these grooves.  If able, you can demonstrate your ballad or waltz playing abilities.


Students have the option of submitting an online video audition rather than scheduling an in-person audition. Students submitting their audition online are still required to fill out an online application (see above). On the application form, please select live audition or video submission. Please note: online video submissions are not available for the Studio Band or Advanced High School Jazz Workshops.

Instructions for Online Video Submission

The student should be clearly visible (and audible) on the video.

Perform two skill-level appropriate jazz standards. Please state the name of each piece before you play it.

Download one of the two 12 bar blues (either F or Bb) improvisation tracks by clicking here for the improvisation portion of your audition. Two choruses of improvisation are required.

On the video, it is important that your playing is heard louder than anything else, including any accompanying tracks.

Piano and Guitar Players

Follow the above instructions with only one change: after improvising, please demonstrate comping/voicings on a blues or rhythm changes.


Please demonstrate the following styles:

swing, bossa nova, funk/rock

Demonstrate each style at various tempos (i.e. slow, medium, fast)

On each style/tempo please “trade fours” with yourself (4 bars of time, 4 bars of solo, etc.)

Make sure your different style and trading 4s demonstrations last for at least 16 measures each.

After you have completed your video, upload your audition to YouTube and title the video with your name (Example: John Smith Jazzschool Audition). You should make this a private video (unless you don’t mind it being available to the public). Once the video is uploaded, send a link to erik@cjc.edu. You may also upload the video to a private website and email a link. Please do not email audition videos as attachments.