John J. Cali School of Music
2013-2014 Audition Dates
Applicants to the Cali School of Music must first submit an application to the University prior to requesting an audition appointment for all programs. Audition dates for the current academic year are as follows:
- Friday, November 8, 2013 2-5 pm (For transfer and graduate students only applying for spring 2014 entry) Application closed.
- Friday, February 7, 2014 2-5 pm Application closed.
- Saturday, February 8 9-2 pm Application closed.
- Friday, February 28 2-5 pm Application closed.
- Saturday, March 1 9-2 pm Application closed.
- Thursday, May 15 9-2 pm (For transfer and graduate students only) Apply for May 15
- For jazz applicants only: you must submit an audition CD or DVD. (See details under jazz auditions.) Applicants must also submit one of the above audition applications to secure an appointment for a 15 minute interview. Please note that applicants may also be asked perform a live audition. The exact time of your interview will be confirmed via email. Any student who would face great hardship in attending the interview on our regular audition days should contact Dr. Kunkel directly at email@example.com.
- Musical Theatre auditions are not held at the Cali School: Apply here
- Admission is competitive and applications are processed as soon as we receive them. Apply early, especially if you have scheduling requirements due to religious, medical or other issues. An effort will be made to accommodate special requirements but this cannot be guaranteed.
- All students must pass an audition (by audition CD/DVD and/or in person, as applicable), and meet the University's requirements for admission. Applicants may not audition more than three times.
- For non-music majors: Only general education music courses are available to non-music majors who are admitted to the University but not to the School of Music.
- Music minors are not currently offered; when offered, an audition is required. An audition for any of the minors is a modified version of the audition for the major.
- International students, or those at a significant distance from Montclair, should ask about alternative application and audition procedures.
- Applications or required materials such as CDs or DVDs will not be considered if they are received after specified deadlines or later than 2 weeks before a chosen audition date.
Apply first to the University
All prospective students must complete the application to the University before applying to the Cali School. Use the appropriate link:
STEP TWO -- Apply to the Cali School
- Read about your specific audition process below
- Choose an audition date from the list above
- Submit a Cali School audition application (which will be available Sept. 1st--you can apply to the University now). No audition application will be accepted within two weeks before your preferred audition date.
STEP THREE --Submit an Audition CD or DVD
- The CD or DVD does not need to be professionally recorded or produced, but you must note if it is. Make your CD or DVD should look and sound as good as you can reasonably make it.
- Enclose a list of all musicians involved in the recording (including yourself), or note that you are performing with an Aebersold or similar play-along.
- Clearly identify tune titles on each CD track or DVD chapter so that we may easily move from selection to selection.
- Include your name, phone number and email address with your CD or DVD.
- Send your DVD or CD to: JaNeen Vinson, Audition Coordinator, Cali School of Music, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043
- No audition materials will be returned.
Audition Notes: Jazz Studies
All instrumentalists except drummers are required to demonstrate competency in basic scales.
1. On one track of the audition CD, play Major (Ionian) scales up to the 9th and back down in medium/slow tempo (60 BPM) 8th notes. Start in C concert and play all 12 keys around the circle of fourths (C, F, Bb, etc.). You may use a metronome.
2. On another track, do the same for Dorian minor; six keys will be sufficient.
3. On one more track, do the same for Dominant 7th (Mixolydian) for six keys. Vocalists do the same as above, but sing three keys each for Major, Dorian minor and Dominant 7.
Song Tracks for Jazz Guitar
1. Perform three contrasting jazz standards (for example, a medium blues, a Latin or Bossa or ECM style tune, and a medium-up or up tempo tune) in the following format.
a. You play the melody in.
b. You solo for one two choruses.
c. You comp while another player solos (or comp at a louder volume than the play- along CD).
d. You play the melody out.
2. Perform a solo version (chorded melody) of a ballad (either an arrangement or an original is acceptable).
Song Tracks for Jazz Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Bass, or Voice*
All tunes should be recorded with other musicians if possible, but may be recorded utilizing an Aebersold (or similar) play-along recording.
1. Perform a medium tempo blues in F or B-flat: head and three choruses. Bass players please note: After the melody, walk for two choruses before your solo (which may be only two choruses). Piano players please note: After the melody, comp for two choruses prior to your solo.
2. Perform a ballad. Melody should be interpreted in a personal way, along with one chorus of improvisation. Piano players please note: your ballad should be played without accompaniment.
3. Perform a medium or up-tempo standard or “modern” jazz tune (may be swing or even eighth). Melody should be fairly close to the lead sheet (exact if selecting an up-tempo jazz tune), along with 2-3 choruses of improvisation. Bass players: after the melody, walk or play the appropriate groove (bossa, Latin, etc) for two choruses prior to your solo.
* Scat singing is optional, not required. All melodies, including the blues, should be your own interpretation, but melody notes should be the correct pitches. If your blues head or up-tempo tune does not have lyrics, either compose something (vocalese) or use scat syllables to sing the head.
Jazz Drum Set Requirements:
1. Perform the following snare drum rudiments (state what each one is before playing it):
a. Single, double and triple paradiddles
b. Five, seven, and nine stroke rolls
c. Flam tap, flam accent
d. Single and double ratamacues
e. Press roll – soft (pp) to loud (ff), and back down to soft
2. Demonstrate three contrasting styles or grooves (for example, you might choose from swing, funk, bossa, songo, 6/8 Latin, ECM even eighth, etc) using three separate tunes. If you are sending in a recording featuring only yourself, please be sure to play time for 2 choruses of each selection. If you are utilizing a full group, standard jazz performance practice is acceptable, but any solos, including your own, should be limited to one chorus.
3. Ted Reed Syncopation book, page 32: Play a jazz (swing) ride pattern in the right hand, hi hat on two and four, while demonstrating various coordination skills between the left hand and right foot.
Contact Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have questions about the audition.
If you have any questions about the audition process, contact the Auditions Coordinator 973-655-7610 or email@example.com