Since Fall 2018, Dave has served as Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano at University of North Texas.
“The University of North Texas College of Music has a rich jazz history. In 1947, it became the the first university in the world to offer a degree program in jazz. Today, the UNT jazz program, housed within America's largest music school, has spawned the careers of numerous Grammy-winning artists, including Norah Jones and Snarky Puppy's Michael League.” - WBGO Feature (April 2017)
If you would like to audition to be a part of this storied program, please consult the UNT Admissions website or peruse the requirements found below. You are welcomed (and encouraged) to schedule a visit during the fall semester. During this time you can hear the various ensembles, take a trial jazz piano lesson, and experience a taste of campus life at UNT. Please contact Dave to ensure the availability of your desired dates.
Jazz Piano Audition Requirements for Admission (Undergraduate and Graduate Levels)
current as of September 2018, please see Admissions website for application procedures
On-campus auditions are strongly preferred. Choose one of the scheduled Saturday audition dates at the College of Music**.
Your audition should not exceed 20 minutes. Please prepare the following:
1. One solo piano ballad
2. One blues (medium swing tempo)
3. One selection from the standard jazz repertoire of your choice in the style of bossa nova, samba, or straight eighth feel
4. One uptempo selection (quarter note=220 for undergraduate and quarter note=264 for graduate)
Graduate applicants must perform their repertoire by memory.
Undergraduate applicants may use lead-sheets, however, we do encourage all applicants to memorize their selected pieces. If you are doing an on-campus audition, please bring your own play-along tracks.
If travel distance and/or financial hardship prevent you from completing an on-campus audition, please contact Prof. Dave Meder at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other options.
**PLEASE NOTE: jazz piano auditions are NOT being held on Saturday January 26, 2019. Please select one of the alternate dates provided.
Campus visits and/or trial lessons throughout the fall semester are welcomed and encouraged. Please contact Prof. Dave Meder to arrange a time to meet. To be fair to all auditioning students, Prof. Meder will not give trial lessons during official audition visits.
Classical Audition (for undergraduate applicants only)
All undergraduate applicants must also pass the classical piano audition at the concentration level - http://music.unt.edu/admissions/undergraduate-repertoire - click on piano and refer to the "Piano Concentration" paragraph. If scheduled to audition on campus, each applicant will play two auditions, one classical and one jazz. If auditioning by recording, each applicant must submit both classical and jazz recordings using the College of Music admission website.
Jazz piano majors take classical lessons the first year (plus a two-semester jazz piano fundamentals class); jazz and classical lessons in years two and three; and jazz lessons in year four.