Prospective Jazz Student Checklist:

  1. Apply to WSU
  2. Apply for Financial Aid
  3. Schedule an Audition

Jazz Studies Auditions


The WSU School of Music and the Jazz Studies area requires an audition on the major instrument for all freshmen, transfer students and graduate students. The audition determines acceptance into the School of Music. Your audition will be performed for representative members of the music performance faculty. In the Jazz Studies area, a live, on-campus audition is required for full acceptance and for scholarship consideration.

If you are a prospective undergraduate student and you live prohibitively far from WSU, you may submit a recording for entrance and consideration for scholarships. All prospective graduate students must complete a live, on-campus audition. While the School of Music schedules three official audition days per year, we also allow students to schedule auditions on alternative dates, if necessary. Please contact the jazz faculty member of your instrument if you need a different date.

While the WSU Jazz Studies Department is a competitive area in the School of Music, we recognize that musicians develop at different rates and we encourage all hardworking students to apply. We recommend that you contact a member of the WSU Jazz Faculty  directly to schedule a lesson in order to receive feedback prior to taking an audition.


Recommended Audition Repertoire

Undergraduate Students

Students should be prepared to perform all five tunes below. The faculty will select two of the five tunes. Feel free to use the streaming audio below to practice. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE MEMORIZED.

Audio files for educational purposes only. Please visit Jamey Aebersold’s website for lead sheets and for CD recordings of the above tunes.

Sight Reading
Students will be given one minute to look over the material and will be given a tempo or have the student play along with a recorded backing track.

Rhythm instruments should also be prepared to demonstrate comping skills (piano, guitar), or walking (bass). Drumset auditionees will be asked to demonstrate a variety of styles including but not limited to: swing, up-tempo, Latin styles, rock/funk, brushes, waltz, trading fours.

Audition times can be reserved by completing the online audition request form. The WSU applied music faculty member(s) who will be conducting the audition will contact the student to confirm the audition date, time, and location.

Undergraduate Scholarships are provided by the School of Music to academically qualified and musically talented music majors. Since Music Scholarships are limited, students are encouraged to complete this process early in the academic year. Students receive Music Scholarship award notices and contracts by mail and have ten business days after the receipt of the notification to accept the award. Please go here to apply for general School of Music and WSU scholarhips, and to schedule an audition. You may also email jazz faculty members directly to being the audition scheduling process.

In order to be considered for a music scholarship students must:

• Be admitted to WSU. An admission application can be completed on (www.wichita.edu).

• Complete a Music Scholarship and Music Audition application.

• For need based (non-music) scholarship consideration, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the WSU priority date of March 1. To authorize release of your data to WSU, you will need to list WSU by using our federal school code of 001950.

Graduate Students

Students should be prepared to perform all five tunes below. The faculty will select two of the five tunes. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE MEMORIZED.

  • Stella By Starlight
  • Confirmation
  • Body & Soul
  • Alone Together
  • Cherokee

Sight Reading
Students will be given one minute to look over the material and will be given a tempo or have the student play along with a recorded backing track.

Rhythm instruments should also be prepared to demonstrate comping skills (piano, guitar), or walking (bass). Drumset auditionees will be asked to demonstrate a variety of styles including but not limited to: swing, up-tempo, Latin styles, rock/funk, brushes, waltz, trading fours.