University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Music Theory Placement

Required Jazz Tunes

The “tune test” is taken in the semester preceding the Senior Recital, during the end-of-semester area jury. (This is an added component—it does not replace the usual end-of-semester jury.)

For the “tune test,” faculty name four pieces from the UVM List of Required Jazz Tunes. The student chooses one from the four named and performs the piece from memory, demonstrating an accurate melody and successful navigation of the chord changes.

For guitarists and pianists, the student creates a list with the private teacher that includes at least 20 tunes; faculty choose one piece from this list and the student plays that piece from memory (performing the melody, taking a solo, and comping).

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