Guitar Audition Requirements for 2018-2019 Admissions
All applicants must thoroughly read and follow the 4 step application/audition process on the Admissions homepage.
October 9, 2017 – November 17, 2017 at noon
Wednesday, November 29
Student Success Center
Your specific audition time will be given to you at the preaudition meeting. Audition dates are:
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 Miles ONE WEEK before your student’s audition date.
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.
* 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).
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.
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
Bossa and Blues
Try to read a few songs each day. Here is a link to the “Real Book” (jazz standards).
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
Detailed explanation on how to use the scale syllabus and Aebersold’s advice about improvising