Prep Jazz Placement

This page describes the audition processes for all of our Jazz offerings (private lessons, classes, and small ensembles), with the exception of the Youth Jazz Orchestra (YJO). More information on how to audition for YJO can be found here.


To sign up for a Jazz placement audition (jazz ensemble, classes, or private lessons), please call the Prep Office at 617-585-1160.

Both new and returning jazz students must also complete an admission form by clicking hereCompletion of this form does not constitute registration or payment. If you have already registered, you must still fill out this form in order to be placed in the jazz course schedule.

Audition Requirements

Students familiar with Jazz music should be prepared to play two contrasting Jazz pieces, and if they would like to be in an ensemble or want accompaniment, they should bring charts in the concert key. Transcriptions or original compositions are acceptable, but not required.

Students who have not played Jazz should be prepared to play any two contrasting pieces of their choice in whatever style of music they are currently familiar with.

Drummers should bring their own sticks, brushes, cymbals, and a hi-hat clutch if they have one (stand is not necessary).

Electric instrumentalists must bring their own cords to the audition. NEC will provide amplification at the audition, but students may bring their own amps if they like.

Vocalists will need their own microphones for rehearsals, but not the placement audition.

New Jazz Students

New students must complete this form in order to audition. 

The comprehensiveness of this form and your corresponding answers allow us to create a custom schedule based on each student's interests, aspirations, and availability. We appreciate your completion of this form.

Click here to sign up for a fall Jazz placement! 

Returning Jazz Students

Returning students do not have to re-audition, but may if they would like to. Returning students and their parents should already have Login IDs and Passwords. If you are the parent of a Prep student, please log in with your own Login ID and Password. Follow the Prep Jazz Placement and Scheduling Form link below, add it to your cart, and then log in with your existing login credentials. If you’ve forgotten your Password you can retrieve it by clicking "Forgotten?" under the Password field. If you still cannot login, please call the Registrar’s office at (617) 585-1314 or e-mail our Prep Associate Registrar at Please do not create a new account for your family.

Jazz Theory Placements

For students interested in joining one of the Jazz Theory classes or Jazz Stylistic Analysis and Application, please download the Jazz Theory Placement quiz below. This quiz must be completed before your placement audition with the jazz department chairs. 

NEC Prep Jazz Theory Placement Quiz

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