All-State Etude Tutorials
Suggestion for using these videos:
In addition to viewing the videos on your instrument, we encourage you to view segments from instruments not your own. You will notice common themes, such as phrasing and rhythm. It’s possible the way one teacher talks about phrasing will really hit home with you, even though it was not about your instrument. You will also notice that the etudes are quite similar to each other.
If you need the audition application form, the audition music, or have questions about other components of your audition (scales and sightreading), please go to https://mmea.org/events/all-state/auditions/ for that information.
Questions or comments about the videos? Contact Bob Adney via email.
Note from Doug Rasmussen, Composer – Jazz Etudes
For me Jazz performance is about style and tone quality. If it doesn’t sound hip there is no point in playing it, no matter how good your chops are. Maybe to some extent this is about my own personal journey. Chops always came easily to me but I had to really work at getting a beautiful tone on the saxophone and developing a good jazz style was something that took some time and effort. In this etude I tried to give an opportunity for all the instruments to demonstrate style and tone in two differing styles, swing and funk. This etude can also be played as an ensemble as it was my goal to create an audition that could also be performed. Jazz is a social art. It is also my hope that you like the tune…
Note from Timothy Mahr, Composer
“It was my intent to have these etudes cover many technical issues in the most musical manner possible. Having conducted over twenty all state bands across this nation, I know what kind of performance level I hope to encounter with an all state ensemble, and I composed these etudes with that standard in mind. If a student works hard to prepare the MMEA All State Audition Etude, his or her level of musicianship should be such that the audition should be noteworthy. It is my hope that the challenges contained in the etudes will inspire diligent work and, in fact, ready the student for a memorable all state experience. Good luck!”