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Drum Set Audition Requirements

Select the degree you are interested in to review the audition requirements and additional degree information. Faculty contact information is available at the bottom of the page.

Pre-Screening Requirements:

All Drum Set applicants are required to submit pre-screening materials before being invited to audition. These requirements are different from the full audition requirements listed below, though the same repertoire may be used for both if applicants would like to do so.

Drum Set Audition Requirements - Undergraduate

Drum Set is only available for B.M. in Jazz Studies, B.M. in Sound Recording Technology, B.M. in Music Education, B.M. in Composition, B.M. in Combination with an Outside Field (BMO), B.A. in Music, and Music Minor

Degree Page: Composition (BM)

Note: Audition only required for instrumental emphasis (private lesson) consideration

Candidates whom are selected for an on-campus audition must be prepared to demonstrate a proficiency in:

  1. Various styles and tempos, including:
    • Rock/funk
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Brush technique
  2. Sight-reading, including charts and notation in various styles.

A bass player will be provided for the demonstration of all styles. Applicants are encouraged to bring in charts (lead sheets) to perform with the bass player.

Degree Page: Jazz Studies (BM)

Classical Audition

Marimba

  1. Two-mallet étude, comparable to or chosen from the following selections of Modern School for Marimba, by Morris Goldenberg: page 28, page 53 ("Exercise in 9/8 Rhythm"), page 55, page 60, or page 61
  2. All major and minor scales and arpeggios in all keys

Timpani

  1. Two-drum étude, comparable to or chosen from the following selections of Modern Method for Timpani, by Saul Goodman: exercises 26-58 (pages 46-60)

Snare Drum

  1. Étude comparable to or chosen from the following selections of Modern School for Snare Drum, by Morris Goldenberg: pages 44-51

Jazz Audition

  1. Perform a blues selection, jazz standard, and ballad. Please choose selections from the provided list. For each selection, play time for the head, play time for one chorus, trade fours for one chorus, return to the head, and end accordingly.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in various jazz styles and tempos, including:
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Rock/funk
    • Brush technique
  3. Sight-reading

Note: Drum set and cymbals will be provided. You may supply your own cymbals if preferred.

Degree Page: Music (BA)

Candidates whom are selected for an on-campus audition must be prepared to demonstrate a proficiency in:

  1. Various styles and tempos, including:
    • Rock/funk
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Brush technique
  2. Sight-reading, including charts and notation in various styles.

A bass player will be provided for the demonstration of all styles. Applicants are encouraged to bring in charts (lead sheets) to perform with the bass player.

Degree Page: Music Education (BM)

Candidates whom are selected for an on-campus audition must be prepared to demonstrate a proficiency in:

  1. Various styles and tempos, including:
    • Rock/funk
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Brush technique
  2. Sight-reading, including charts and notation in various styles.

A bass player will be provided for the demonstration of all styles. Applicants are encouraged to bring in charts (lead sheets) to perform with the bass player.

Degree Page: Music in Combination with an Outside Field (BM)

Candidates whom are selected for an on-campus audition must be prepared to demonstrate a proficiency in:

  1. Various styles and tempos, including:
    • Rock/funk
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Brush technique
  2. Sight-reading, including charts and notation in various styles.

A bass player will be provided for the demonstration of all styles. Applicants are encouraged to bring in charts (lead sheets) to perform with the bass player.

Degree Page: Music Theory (BM)

Candidates whom are selected for an on-campus audition must be prepared to demonstrate a proficiency in:

  1. Various styles and tempos, including:
    • Rock/funk
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Brush technique
  2. Sight-reading, including charts and notation in various styles.

A bass player will be provided for the demonstration of all styles. Applicants are encouraged to bring in charts (lead sheets) to perform with the bass player.

Degree Page: Sound Recording Technology (BM)

Candidates whom are selected for an on-campus audition must be prepared to demonstrate a proficiency in:

  1. Various styles and tempos, including:
    • Rock/funk
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Brush technique
  2. Sight-reading, including charts and notation in various styles.

A bass player will be provided for the demonstration of all styles. Applicants are encouraged to bring in charts (lead sheets) to perform with the bass player.

Program Page: Music Minor

Candidates whom are selected for an on-campus audition must be prepared to demonstrate a proficiency in:

  1. Various styles and tempos, including:
    • Rock/funk
    • Slow, medium, and fast swing
    • 3/4 swing
    • Shuffle
    • Bossa nova
    • Samba
    • Brush technique
  2. Sight-reading, including charts and notation in various styles.

A bass player will be provided for the demonstration of all styles. Applicants are encouraged to bring in charts (lead sheets) to perform with the bass player.

FACULTY

Mike Titlebaum
Director of Jazz Studies
Phone: (607) 274-1283
E-mail: mtitlebaum@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Titlebaum's Website

Greg Evans
Drum set instructor
Lecturer in Jazz Studies
E-mail: gevans@ithaca.edu
Visit Professor Evan's Website

Specific repertoire questions as they relate to Jazz Studies materials should be directed to Professor Titlebaum.
Specific repertoire questions as they relate to materials for all degrees should be directed to Professor Evans.