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JAZZ AREA PRACTICAL EXAM REQUIREMENTS General Regulations and Requirements for Examinations and Recitals

General Information Examinations Normally, students should sit a practical exam at the end of the Winter term (April) or Fall term (December). A September exam period is available for graduating students only. Students are advised to check on Minerva to verify that they have been registered for the correct exam course number. Students must submit their exam repertoire by the stated deadlines. Students are referred to the Calendar of the Schulich School of Music for a full description of the regulations for examinations. Transfers Students wishing to transfer from Concentration to Performance, or from the Bachelor in Performance to Licentiate must apply through Minerva between Feb. 15 and Mar. 1 for an intra-faculty transfer (consult http://www.mcgill.ca/music/current-students/undergraduate/all-students/program-transfer-and-readmission). NOTE: While reviewing this website, do not confuse intra with inter-faculty as procedures differ. An audition during the April exam period will be required. Students may use the Concentration Final Exam as their Performance audition if the repertoire of the exam matches the Entrance Audition requirements for Performance. General Guidelines for Examinations Examination Program Length Concentration Performance Licentiate MUIN 283 Concentration Final Examination 40 mins. MUIN 282 Performance 1 30 mins. MUIN 252 Licentiate 1 30 mins.

MUIN 382 Performance 2 40 mins. MUIN 352 Licentiate 2 40 mins.

MUIN 482 Performance 3 50 mins. MUIN 452 Licentiate 3 50 mins.

Examination Marking Practical examinations will be graded by percentage. The percentages and their letter grades and equivalents are as follows: 85 100 80 84 75 79 70 74 65 69 A AB+ B BExceptional Excellent Very Good Good Fair 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 60 64 55 59 50 54 0 49 C+ C D F Satisfactory Pass Non-continuation pass Fail 2.3 2.0 1.0 0.0

Students in B.Mus. Performance must achieve a mark of B- in order to remain in satisfactory standing in the program. Students in Licentiate must achieve a mark of A- in order to remain in satisfactory standing in the program. Descriptions of examinations for the following instruments are included in this document: Bass, Clarinet, Drums (see page 3), Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Vibes, Voice

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MUIN 282 Performance 1/MUIN 252 Licentiate 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Stella by Starlight All the Things You Are Green Dolphin Street What is This Thing Called Love Cherokee Body and Soul Round Midnight Rhythm Changes (Oleo) Major, Minor and Bird Blues Two additional tunes of choice One transcription One etude Scales, arpeggios, cycles, sight reading

Duration: 30 minutes

MUIN 283 Concentration Final Exam/MUIN 382 Performance 2/MUIN 252 Licentiate 2 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. Stella by Starlight All the Things You Are Dig (Sweet Georgia Brown) Green Dolphin Street What is This Thing Called Love Jordu Cherokee Stablemates Body and Soul Round Midnight Woody n You Rhythm Changes (Oleo) Major, Minor and Bird Blues 15 additional tunes of choice Two tunes chosen from any list Two transcriptions One etude Scales, arpeggios, cycles, sight reading

Duration: 40 mins.

Although the exam requirements for the Concentration Final Examination and Performance 2/Licentiate 2 are the same, a higher performing standard will be expected of the Performance/Licentiate Majors.

MUIN 482 Performance 3/MUIN 452 Licentiate 3 15 obligatory tunes 15 tunes of choice 10 post 60s tunes 2 tunes from any list 2 3 tunes chosen by the panel from any list 2-3 transcriptions 1 etude

Duration: 50 minutes

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JAZZ DRUMS MUIN 282 Performance 1/MUIN 252 Licentiate 1 1) Rudiments (20% of total grade) a) b) c) 2) Single, double, three, four, five, seven and nine stroke rolls; single, double and triple paradiddles at all tempos opened to closed. Press roll. Play a 32 bar jazz head melodically on the drums using sticks or brushes. Solo A minimum of 2 choruses incorporating rudiments, then play out chorus. Duration: 30 minutes

Studies/Etudes (10% of total grade) Two snare or drumset studies to be selected in advance by teacher.

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Sight Reading (20% of total grade) Selected from: a) Big Band literature b) Combo literature (i.e. phrasing head on drumset)

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Solo Transcriptions (25% of total grade) Two solo transcriptions to be played from memory with the recording. Solos must be a minimum of one 32 bar chorus, two 12 bar choruses or 2 choruses of trading from the Bebop tradition (Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones, etc.). Solos must be transcribed by the student.

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Improvisation (25% of total grade) This portion of the exam to be performed with a combo selected by the student with the approval of the teacher. Songs may be requested by examiners from the attached list of tunes, soloing on the form and trading solos will be requested.

MUIN 283 Concentration Final Exam/MUIN 382 Performance 2/MUIN 252 Licentiate 2 1) Rudiments (20% of total grade) a) b)

Duration: 40 mins.

Rudiments from the Concentration/Performance/Licentiate 1 exam may be requested, plus rudiments incorporating flams (increased fluency and faster tempo will be expected). Play a 32 bar head melodically on the drums using brushes. Solo for a minimum of 2 choruses incorporating rudiments then play out chorus.

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Studies/Etudes (10% of total grade) Two snare or drumset studies to be selected in advance by teacher.

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Sight Reading (15% of total grade) Sight reading will be selected from : a) Big Band literature b) Combo literature Increased fluency and faster tempo will be expected. Solo Transcriptions (25% of total grade) Two solo transcriptions to be played from memory with the recording. Solos must be a minimum of one 32 bar chorus, two 12 bar choruses or 2 choruses of trading. One transcription should be from the Bebop period and one transcription should be from the post 1960 period (Elvin Jones, Tony Williams etc.) to be approved by the teacher. Solos must be transcribed by student.

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Improvisation (30% of total grade) This portion of the exam to be performed with a combo selected by the student with the approval of the teacher. a) b) One or two songs may be selected from the attached list of tunes. Songs must be memorized. The student must submit a written list of an additional 15 songs (memorized) to be approved in advance by the teacher. Songs must include: Latin, odd time signature (3/4 etc.), odd structure (i.e. 14 bar A" section), and tempos ranging from slow to fast.

Although the exam requirements for the Concentration Final Examination and Performance 2/Licentiate 2 are the same, a higher performing standard will be expected of the Performance/Licentiate Majors. MUIN 482 Performance 3/MUIN 452 Licentiate 3 1) Rudiments (10% of total grade) Two studies or etudes for snare drum or drumset to be selected in advance by the teacher. 2) Sight Reading (10% of total grade) Sight reading selected from: a) Big Band literature b) Combo literature Pieces will be of a more challenging nature and increased tempos. 3) Solo Transcriptions (30% of total grade) Two solo transcription to be played from memory with the recording. Transcription selection must be approved by teacher. Transcription must be transcribed by student. 4) Improvisation (50% of total grade) This portion of the exam to be performed with a combo selected by the student with the approval of the teacher. a) Students will be responsible for the 30 tunes required in the Concentration/Performance/Licentiate 2 exam (memorized). Improvised solos will be requested on the form of the song or trading including unorthodox forms (trading 7 bar phrases, etc.) The student may be asked to perform one or two songs from a list of ten songs from the post 1960 repertoire. These songs must be selected by the student and approved in advance by the Area Chair. List must include: Latin, odd metered, odd structured songs and tempos from extremely slow to extremely fast. Compose and perform a drum composition on the drumset. Play the head, solo a minimum of two choruses and play head out. Sticks or brushes may be used. Duration: 50 minutes

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Students doing the Lead Trumpet concentration must provide a list of five additional excerpts of their choice from the following list: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. That Warm Feeling Sammy Nestico Basic Straight Ahead Sammy Nestico Wind Machine Sammy Nestico All of Me Billy Byers Lickety Split Jim McNeely Take the A Train Don Sebesky Tickle-Toe Rob McConnell Mambo Jambo Jeff Beal Heres That Rainy Day Dee Barton First Circle Metheny/Curnow

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