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.

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 Yahya Alkahansa yahyaa@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

For all programs except advanced level:
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: rock – funk – swing.

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.)

If you are unable to complete all the required elements, just do what you can. This will help us place you.

 

For advanced program:
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: rock – funk – swing – shuffle – reggae – second line – samba – 6/8 bembe – mambo – mozambique – shuffle – hip-hop – 5/4 – 7/8.

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.


Guitar, Keyboard, and Bass Collective Audition Requirements

For all programs except advanced level:
Technique: Play all major scales, two octaves, any sequence of keys. Play all Maj7th, Dom7th, Min7th, Min7th (-5), Dim7th and augmented triad, two octaves, any sequence.

Styles: Play each of the following grooves on a blues progression for a minimum of two choruses with a metronome set at a comfortable tempo: rock – funk – swing – samba – Afro-Cuban (optional). 
Note that you can use a blues pattern, or any other pattern that you choose to perform in a given style.

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.)

If you are unable to complete all the required elements, just do what you can. This will help us to place you.
For advanced program:
Technique: Play all major scales, two octaves, any sequence of keys. Play the three whole step-half step diminished scales, two octaves, any sequence. Play all Maj7th, Dom7th, Min7th, Min7th(-5), Dim7th and augmented triad, two octaves, any sequence.

Styles: Play each of the following styles for a minimum of two choruses (any chord progression); one chorus playing the melody, and one improvising. Play at a comfortable tempo: rock – funk – swing – shuffle – reggae – second line – samba – 6/8 – Bembe – mambo – Mozambique – shuffle – 5/4 – 7/8.

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.


Vocal Collective Audition Requirements

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

Musicianship: Rate your music theory level on the following levels; beginner, intermediate, advanced. Play the three whole step-half step diminished scales, two octaves, any sequence.

Vocal Performance: Record yourself singing three different songs – a cappella, or with accompaniment, preferably in different styles.
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.