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Skidmore College
Skidmore Jazz Institute
Batiste Masterclass
Jon Batiste Master Class, 2017
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Please read this entire page for instructions on how to apply before continuing on to the online application.

Thank you for a creative and successful Summer 2019!

We are busy planning the 2020 Institute. Check back at the end of November for more details!

Institute Dates: June 29 – July 13, 2019

Application Review:  

Application review will begin March 15, 2019. Applicants who complete the application and audition process by March 15 will be notified of their acceptance on or before April 1. Applications will still be accepted after March 15 until the program is filled and applicants will be notified as soon as possible of their acceptance. Please note that all scholarship applications must be received by March 15. 

Eligibility: Young musicians, who are in high school or older and ability level ranges from intermediate to advanced (pre-professional), will be required to submit:

  • A completed online application
  • A $60 application fee
  • An audition recording (notes follow below)
  • A brief written description of your musical background (jazz and non-jazz), indicating your preferred style(s) of jazz.
  • A former or current teacher's name and e-mail address. We will contact them directly to ask for your recommendation.

Notes for audition recording: Applicants may perform unaccompanied or with prerecorded rhythm tracks as an accompaniment to the tunes. A live performance that clearly demonstrates your abilities is also acceptable. Recordings are not judged on the basis of their recorded quality. We realize that access to recording equipment will vary with each applicant, but we do ask that you try to produce the best recording possible.

A file containing 10 to 15 minutes of material must include two different styles of jazz performance, swing and ballad. For each tune you should play the melody in its entirety, followed by an improvised chorus. Up to two files may be uploaded. Recordings should be unedited, cued to proper starting point and files must be labeled with your full name and item description.

Bass Players only: In addition to the previously listed materials, please include a walking bass line over two choruses of blues changes, quarter note = 120. Bass players must perform on acoustic bass. One additional file may be uploaded to the application.

Drummers only: In addition to the previously listed materials, your recording should include the following. One additional file may be uploaded to the application.

Medium swing (sticks), quarter note = 132
Up tempo swing (sticks), quarter note = 244
Up-tempo swing (brushes), quarter note = 244
Latin (sticks), half note = 120
Ballad (sticks), quarter note = 60
Ballad (brushes), quarter note = 60
Rock or funk (sticks), quarter note = 92

International Students
In accordance with U.S. Federal regulations, all non-U.S. Citizens must have a student visa to study in the United States. You may not attend Skidmore on a tourist visa. If you are an international student applying to the summer program please view International Student Visa Info.

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