How to Apply
Find out information on entry requirements for our Specialist Jazz Programme, including audition preparation.
1. A jazz standard of the candidate’s choice including improvisation
2. Improvisation on a 12 bar blues in C, F or Bb major (concert pitch, key chosen by audition panel)
3. One classical piece on the same instrument of the candidate’s choice
4. Jazz scales
5. Sightreading (chords and/or notation)
6. General questions
The candidate will be asked to demonstrate a variety of jazz skills on the drum kit: e.g. different tempos, feels and grooves to include swing in 4/4 and 3/4, ballad feel, latin, bossa nova, funk and straight 8s.
In addition, candidates should prepare:
1. One notated piece of the candidate’s choice on either snare drum or drum kit
2. Snare drum rudiments to include five stroke, long roll, flam tap, and triple ratamacue
NB: Percussion instruments will be available at the audition although candidates are advised to bring their own sticks, cymbals and any other appropriate equipment. Should the candidate wish to use a backing track it is their responsibility to provide the track and playing device
We are still looking for musicians who play Double Bass, Viola, Woodwind, Jazz Bass, Jazz Piano, Jazz Sax and Jazz Drum Kit to join us this September. If you are interested in finding out more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the instrument you play. Auditions for these instruments will be held May – June.
Late applications in other instruments will be considered. However, there may be a delay in arranging an audition date. We do try to hear all applications but cannot guarantee a place even if the student is at the entry level required. In such cases, students may be placed on a reserve list.
Results are sent directly to the parent/ carer as soon as possible after the audition period.
Junior Guildhall offers pre-audition advice for prospective students from specialist teachers. This will normally be a one-to-one session but the student’s parent/carer may also attend. The teacher may offer advice on musical interpretation and technical set-up and indicate whether the student is suitable for a Junior Guildhall audition. Please note that any indication given is not a guarantee of passing an audition.
Pre-audition advice sessions are charged at the following rates:
30 minutes - £40
40 minutes - £53.33
60 minutes - £80
For more information, and to book a pre-audition advice session, please complete this form.