Guitar

Guitar Audition Requirements for 2020-2021 Admissions

All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.

DIRECTOR
Richard Serianni

GUITAR WEBSITE
Click here

ONLINE APPLICATION
November 1, 2019 – January 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

PREAUDITION MEETING
Thursday, January 9, 2019
6:00 pm
Student Success Center

PREVIEW DATES
DSA does not have a shadow program.  Instead, we have 5 Preview Mornings.  Preview is from 7:40 am – 9:30 am.  It is for both parents and students.  Everyone will spend the first half of the time in one large group hearing from the DSA principal.  After the large group session, students and parents will receive a tour of the school from a DSA parent who is in the same major you’re interested in auditioning for.

To sign up for a Preview Morning, click HERE

AUDITION DATES
Your specific audition time will be given to you at the preaudition meeting.  Audition dates are:

January 21, 2020

ACCOMMODATIONS
If your student needs accommodations for the audition, as written in a 504 or IEP, please provide a copy of the 504 or IEP to Assistant Principal Aspen Burkett ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

1.  Students will perform one piece of music in the style of their choice
2.  Students will play a variety of jazz chords and related scales of their choice (see audition preparation page)
3. Students will sight read one piece of music
4.  Students will complete a brief music reading test that will include major and minor key signatures, intervals, and triads
5. Students should submit at least one letter of recommendation
Students must be able to read music in order to be considered for the guitar major program at Denver School of the Arts.

PREPARING FOR THE AUDITIONS

During the guitar auditions:
1.  Students will perform one piece of music in the style of their choice
2.  Students will play a variety of jazz chords and related scales of their choice
3.  Students will sight read one piece of music
4.  Students will complete a brief music reading test that will include major and minor key signatures, intervals, and triads
5. Students should submit at least one letter of recommendation

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Students must be able to read music in order to be considered for the guitar major program at Denver School of the Arts.

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Guitar Majors at DSA will study classical guitar during first semester and jazz guitar during second semester

HS guitar majors are available to help students prepare for guitar auditions. For more information contact me at Richard_Serianni@dpsk12.org

Classical Guitar Preparation
Carcassi Opus 60
Classical Guitar Daily Exercises
Guitar Daily Exercises Classical 2015 page 1 and 2
The following websites have free Classical Guitar music written by many composers.
Simply look through the collections or type the name of a guitar composer (more free music reading material).
http://www.classicalguitarschool.net/en/
http://totalguitarist.com/music/classical/
http://www.forrestguitarensembles.co.uk/solos.html
http://www.muslib.se/ebibliotek/boije/indexeng.htm
http://www.kb.dk/en/
Music Theory Preparation
The Music Theory Test will include major and minor key signatures, intervals, and triads. Here is a good website for lessons and practice.
https://www.musictheory.net/lessons
Jazz Guitar Preparation
The following pages have a variety of Jazz chord voicings, scales, and chord progressions.
Daily Exercises Jazz 2016
Scales with left hand finger numbers and more
Shell Chords
Bossa and Blues
Try to read a few songs each day. Here is a link to the “Real Book” (jazz standards).
http://www.amazon.com/Real-Book-Hal-Leonard-Corporation/dp/0634060384
The following links have great information about improvising (free). Jamey Aebersold identifies scales that will work with every chord you might find. Learn the scales in one octave from each string, in every key. Find a pattern you like and then move it around for different keys.
Jamey Aebersold scale syllabus
Every chord has a corresponding scale
www.jazzbooks.com/mm5/download/FREE-scale-syllabus.pdf
Detailed explanation on how to use the scale syllabus and Aebersold’s advice about improvising
valdez.dumarsengraving.com/JameyAebersoldJazzHandbook2.pdf