Snare Drum:

Buzz (Multiple Bounce) Roll, about 10 seconds, pp < ff > pp

Rudiments to be chosen from the following:

  • #16: Single Paradiddle
  • #17: Double Paradiddle
  • #20: Flams (Alternating)
  • #22: Flam Taps

Prepared solo or etude of your choice. 

Suggested repertoire:

Intermediate or Advanced Snare Drum Studies by Mitchell Peters, Portraits in Rhythm by Anthony Cirone,

Advanced Etudes for Snare Drum by Keith Aleo, or similar.


Mallets (marimba or xylophone):

  • Major Scales and Arpeggios, 2 octaves (at least 2 will be selected)
  • Chromatic Scale, 2 octaves from any pitch
  • Prepared solo or etude of your choice (2 mallets). 

Suggested repertoire: a movement from Bach Violin Sonatas/Partitas or Cello Suites, Masterworks for Mallets by Beth Gottlieb, or similar.



  • Students will be asked to tune one or more notes on the timpani from a given pitch.
  • Prepared solo or etude of your choice (OPTIONAL).

Suggested repertoire: Modern Method for Tympani by Saul Goodman, Etuden fur Timpani by Richard Hochrainer, or similar.

Students should select repertoire that demonstrates their current skill and experience level. Students should bring their own snare drum sticks, timpani mallets, and marimba/xylophone mallets for the audition. Sticks and mallets will not be provided. Students should bring three copies of each prepared piece to their audition.

Jazz Drum Set/percussion (optional):

  • The Art of Bop Drumming by John Riley: pp.18-19, 22-23, 26-27, 64, and choice of pp. 65, 66, 67, or 68
  • Three selections from The Ultimate Drumset Reading Anthology, pp. 12-13, 20-21, 22

NWSA Jazz Program Piano:

In addition to the jazz requirements below, all jazz piano applicants must prepare either the “classical” audition material for another instrument OR the standard “classical” audition material for Piano, listed below.

Play the melody and improvise based on the following:

  • Maiden Voyage and Shuffle Time from Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Volume 54
  • Ornithology from Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long Volume 93

Classical piano requirement in order to be placed into the NWSA Jazz Program:

  • Scales, 4 octaves hands together: all 12 keys both major and harmonic minor at tempo of ¼ note = MM72
  • Arpeggios: all major and minor keys, 4 octaves

Sight Reading: Clementi sonatina or equivalent

Choose one classical solo from any of the periods below that demonstrates technical ability and expressive playing. It is recommended that students audition with pieces of an appropriate level of difficulty

  • Baroque: Bach Preludes and Fugues, Toccatas, 3-part Inventions
  • Classical: Mozart or Beethoven Sonatas, Variations, concertos
  • Romantic: Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, etc. Of an advanced level, including etudes, polonaises, nocturnes, etc.
  • Modern: Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, and others of an advanced level