This page describes the audition processes for all of our Jazz offerings (private lessons, classes, and small ensembles), with the exception of the Youth Jazz Orchestra (YJO). YJO is considered a Large Ensemble and information on how to audition for YJO can be found here: Large Ensemble auditions.
We hold annual auditions for our jazz ensembles, classes, and lessons at the beginning of each semester, in September for the Fall semester and in January for the Spring semester. Our Jazz classes run on a full academic year schedule, but acceptance mid-year is sometimes possible and at the discretion of the individual teachers.
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Department Chair of Jazz, David Zoffer by e-mailing him at David.Zoffer@necmusic.edu.
Students familiar with Jazz music should be prepared to play two contrasting Jazz pieces, and if they would like to be in an ensemble or want accompaniment, they should bring charts in the concert key. Transcriptions or original compositions are acceptable, but not required.
Students who have not played Jazz should be prepared to play any two contrasting pieces of their choice in whatever style of music they are currently familiar with.
Drummers should bring their own sticks, brushes, cymbals, and a hi-hat clutch if they have one (stand is not necessary).
Electric instrumentalists must bring their own cords to the audition. NEC will provide amplification at the audition, but students may bring their own amps if they like.
Vocalists will need their own microphones for rehearsals, but not the placement audition.
Jazz Placement and Scheduling
The Jazz Department has a new online form system this year that is being used for placement and scheduling. The form provides the department chair with all of your information regarding classes, lessons, ensembles, and scheduling.
Both new and returning jazz students must complete this form. Completion of this form does not constitute registration or payment. If you have already registered, you must still fill out this form in order to get placed in the jazz course schedule.
Returning Jazz Preparatory School Families
Returning students do not have to re-audition, but they may do so if they want to by calling 617-585-1130. Returning students and their parents should already have Login IDs and Passwords. If you are the parent of a Prep student, please log in with your own Login ID and Password. Follow the Prep Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form link below, add it to your cart, and then log in with your existing login credentials. If you’ve forgotten your Password you can retrieve it by clicking "Forgotten?" under the Password field. If you still cannot login, please call the Registrar’s office at (617) 585-1314 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not create a new account for your family.
New Jazz Preparatory School Families
New students must complete this form in order to audition. Once completed, please call 617-585-1130 to schedule an audition. The first step is creating an online account for your family. To begin creating your family account, follow the Prep Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form link below, add it to your cart, and then click on the "Create New Account" button. Parents, please create an account for yourselves first. Then add your children to your account by clicking “Submit & Add Family Member” at the bottom of the page. If you are not sure whether your family has an account, please call the Registrar’s office at (617) 585-1314 or e-mail email@example.com.
The comprehensiveness of this form, and your corresponding answers, allows us to create a nearly custom schedule for the entire student body based on each student's interests, aspirations, and availability. We appreciate your completion of this form.
Tuition & Financial Assistance
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For scholarship and financial assistance, please fill out the scholarship application form and return it to us via the instructions on the form.