The Jazz program at WOU gives students the opportunity to learn and develop while studying all forms of jazz and commercial music. The program offers something for students at all experience levels. Student ensembles perform regularly on campus, and on tour across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Each year WOU students get the opportunity to work with internationally celebrated guest artists and clinicians. Recent guest artists and clinicians have included Adam Larson, John Raymond, Gerald Clayton, Alan Baylock, Gretta Matassa, and Scott Wendholt. 


Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Jazz Studies

The BM with a Concentration in Jazz Studies is designed to prepare the next generation of jazz professionals. Students interested in the Jazz Studies Concentration must pass an entrance audition. For new students this will also serve as a scholarship audition. Please see the Scholarship page for more information regarding music scholarships. 

Jazz Audition Guidelines

Students may audition for the concentration in jazz studies as instrumentalists, vocalists, or arrangers. 

Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone

1. Major Scale in All Keys
2. Classical Solo and/or Etude
3. Blues in Bb, Eb, or F (memorized)
Head 2x, improvise four choruses
Recommended Tunes
     Blue Monk
     Straight No Chaser
     Tenor Madness
     Sandu
     Now’s The Time
     Billie’s Bounce
4. Optional
Memorized Solo Transcription
Additional Scales and/or patterns and/or arpeggios
Jazz Standard, head +2 choruses of improvisation
Recommended Tunes
     Autumn Leaves (in G minor)
     Blue Bossa
     There Will Never Be Another You
     Lady Bird
     Oleo
Jazz Piano Skills

Guitar

1. Major Scale in All Keys – Multiple positions
2. Pentatonic Scale in All Keys – Five positions
3. Root Position 7th chord arpeggios in all keys
     Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dim7
4. Blues in G, Bb, F – Memorized 2 choruses melody, 1 chorus comping, 2 choruses solo
   Recommended Tunes
     Blue Monk
     Straight No Chaser
     Tenor Madness
     Sandu
     Now’s The Time
     Billie’s Bounce
5. Optional
One chorus memorized jazz solo transcription
Jazz Standard – Melody, chords, chord melody, solo
Recommended Tunes
     Autumn Leaves (in G minor)
     Out of Nowhere
     Blue Bossa
     There Will Never Be Another You
     Lady Bird
     Oleo
Bossa Nova chordal accompaniment for Blue Bossa or other latin tune

Bass

1. Major Scale in All Keys in Lowest Position
    Db, D and Eb for an octave and a third
    Key of Ab, A, Bb, B, and C for and octave and a fifth
    Key of E, F, F#, and G for two octaves
2. Major Triad Arpeggio in All Keys in Lowest Position in One Octave
3. One short classical solo or etude
4. Blues in Bb, Eb or F (memorized)
Head 2x, bass line 2 choruses, solo for one chorus
Recommended Tunes
     Blue Monk
     Straight No Chaser
     Tenor Madness
     Sandu
     Now’s The Time
     Billie’s Bounce
5. Optional
Memorized Solo Transcription
Additional Scales or Arpeggios
Jazz Standard, Head 1x, Bass line 1 chorus
Recommended Tunes
     Autumn Leaves (in G minor)
     Out of Nowhere
     Blue Bossa
     There Will Never Be Another You
     Lady Bird
     Oleo

Piano

1. Major Scale in All Keys
2. Major Arpeggio in All Keys
3. One Piece from J.S. Bach Two Part Invention
4. Blues in Bb, Eb, or F (memorized)
Head 2x, improvise three choruses, comp one chorus
Recommended Tunes
     Blue Monk
     Straight No Chaser
     Tenor Madness
     Sandu
     Now’s The Time
     Billie’s Bounce
5. Optional
Memorized Solo Transcription
Additional Scales or Arpeggios
Jazz standard, head +1 improvised chorus + 1 chorus of comping
Recommended Tunes
     Autumn Leaves (in G minor)
     Out of Nowhere
     Blue Bossa
     There Will Never Be Another You
     Lady Bird
     Oleo

Drum Set

1. Demonstrate different styles and time feels:
Swing, shuffle, jazz waltz, bossa, funk
2. Optional
Memorized Solo Transcription
Scales on Vibraphone
Memorized Solo Transcription on Vibraphone
Afro Cuban Drumming – Conga, Bongo, Timbale
Jazz Piano Skills

All prospective jazz students are encouraged to set up a private lesson with WOU Jazz Faculty prior to their audition.

 

For Program Information Contact:

Dr. Keith Karns | karnsk@wou.edu | (503) 838-8275