Auditioning at the Collective

Because we require our students to have a basic level of skill, and so we can place you in the program that’s best for you, you’ll need to complete an audition to apply to the school. We will evaluate your current level and place you in the program that best suits your needs. If we feel that you need more rudimentary studies to take advantage of our certificate or diploma programs, we may suggest you start with our Prep-A and Prep-B programs. If you are somewhat advanced, we may suggest you start in one of our more advanced programs. Please complete as many sections of the audition as you can. If there is something you can’t do, don’t worry about it and skip ahead. The audition is simply to place you in the program to suit your level.

The audition can be completed in person at our New York City location, or submitted electronically with your application. To set up an audition in person, please contact Admissions Director Jerry Dunn jerryd@thecollective.edu. Your playing should be unaccompanied except for a metronome (if desired).

Application and audition materials, in most cases, are due a minimum of one week prior to the start date for the quarter to which you are applying. Please note that spots are limited, therefore, it is recommended that all materials be submitted well in advance.

To apply online for a Long or Short Term Program, click here. Once your application has been submitted you will be promptly contacted by our Admissions office. Please note application fees are non-refundable for both Short and Long-term programs.


Drummers Collective Audition Requirements

Technique: Single stroke roll, double stroke roll, paradiddles: start each slowly and evenly and increase speed to fastest point.

Styles: Maximum of one minute playing each example: Maximum of one minute playing each example: rock – funk – jazz – shuffle – reggae – samba – afro cuban – and something in an odd meter.

Reading: Rate yourself on a level of 0-10. (Please note: you will be placed in our integrated reading program based on a day-one evaluation by a faculty member.) A minimum of Intermediate level reading skill is a required for this program.

Musicianship: See below.


Guitar, Keyboard, and Bass Collective Audition Requirements

Technique: Play three major scales, two octaves, any sequence of keys. Play two harmonic minor scales, two octaves, any sequence of keys. Play two melodic minor scales, two octaves, any sequence of keys. Play two maj7, min7, dominant 7, min7(b5), dim7 arpeggios, two octaves, from any root.

Styles: Play each of the following styles for a minimum of two choruses (any chord progression). Play at a comfortable tempo: rock – blues – funk – bossa nova. Play a Jazz standard that you are comfortable with (melody and solo).

Reading: Rate yourself on a level of 0-10. (Note: you will be placed in our integrated reading program based on a day-one evaluation by a faculty member.) A minimum of Intermediate level reading skill is a required for this program.

Musicianship: See below.


Vocal Collective Audition Requirements

Technique: Sing a major scale one octave, ascending and descending. Sing a major arpeggio, one octave ascending and descending.

Vocal Performance: Record yourself singing three different songs – a cappella, or with accompaniment, preferably in different styles (any song you feel comfortable with).

Musicianship: See below.


Musicianship

Rate your music theory level on the following levels:

  • Beginner: No theory knowledge nor can identify intervals by ear
  • Intermediate: Understand key signatures, diatonic and chromatic intervals, and understand the circle of 5ths. You can identify diatonic and chromatic intervals.
  • Advanced: Indicates that you understand diatonic chords, 7th chords, chords with upper extensions. Can identify chords and various progressions by ear.

If you have keyboard skills (this is optional):
Play all major scales, two octaves, both hands, ascending and descending. Perform a piece of music, any styles, classical, jazz, or pop.