Composition

Bachelor of Music

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Composition, B.M.Bachelor of Music

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    • 1 credit
      JUILL 101 — Juilliard Colloquium
      1 credit Fall Faculty

      Juilliard Colloquium is a one-semester course taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and advanced students. The curriculum is designed to promote an awareness of the skills and tools necessary for building a fulfilling career, not only as performing artists, but also as global citizens and advocates for the arts. This course introduces students to the values and diversity of the Juilliard community, and is intended to provide a foundation that will serve them well beyond their years at the School. Small group discussions and large group activities. Mandatory attendance at designated performances. Required of all first-time college students in Dance, Drama, and Music.

    • 1 credit
      JUILL 102 — Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts
      1 credit Spring Barrett Hipes

      Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts is a half-semester course intended to make Juilliard students aware of the abundance of ways in which they can make a unique impact on their art form while at Juilliard and beyond. Guest artists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders will present weekly interactive lectures, introducing students to the fundamentals of project planning, budgets, grant applications, and more. The seven-week course will culminate in each student's preparation and submission of an individual project proposal. Online resources and assessments will also be included. Required for all first-year undergraduate students in Music.

  • Major Studies

     

    • CPCMU 000 — Composition
      Fall and Spring Faculty

      All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

    • 2 credits
      MSMUS R503-4 — Composers' Forum
      2 credits Full Year Robert Beaser

      The Forum is a biweekly meeting of the Composition department at which students present new works to their fellow students and the composition faculty, and composerly concerns are discussed. On occasion, guest speakers are invited to participate. The Forum also sponsors Music by Juilliard Composers, three concerts per semester featuring works by student composers. Required of all Composition majors in each semester of residence.

    • 1 credit
      MSMUS R303-4 — Composition Practicum
      1 credit Full Year Faculty

      This seminar for all undergraduate Composition majors concentrates on practical techniques of composition. Composition majors only.

  • Music Departmental Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      ETMUS 111-2 — Ear Training I
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

      Practice of harmonic and melodic intervals to the octave. Rhythm performance and dictation in simple and compound meters, with divisions of two through eight to the beat. Reading of treble and bass clefs using fixed Do solfège. One-part melodic dictation and qualities of triads.

    • 2 credits
      KSMUS 141-2 — Piano Class I
      2 credits Full Year Jennifer Chu and Fellows

      Strengthening of basic piano technique and emphasis on tactile awareness of the keyboard for the development of sight-reading ability; simpler works of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Bartók, and others. Required of all non-keyboard majors.

    • 4 credits
      THMUS H111 — Honors Theory I: Aspects of Form and Structure
      4 credits Fall Jonathan Dawe

      This course offers an advanced review of diatonic tonal harmony, with an emphasis on integrating the vertical and horizontal perspectives and interpreting ambiguous passages. Analytical studies focus on matters of form in Baroque and Classical music, drawing from historical and recent paradigms for form analysis. A musicianship component develops aural awareness and fluency with applied harmony at the keyboard. By advisement only.

    • 4 credits
      THMUS H211 — Honors Theory II: Chromatic Harmony and Analysis I
      4 credits Spring Jonathan Dawe

      Prerequisite: THMUS H111. This course presents an advanced study of chromatic techniques of the late-18th and 19th centuries, including modal mixture, augmented-sixth chords, enharmonic reinterpretation, and common-tone modulation. Analysis of selected compositions drawn primarily from the first half of the 19th century, including music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Schumann. The musicianship component continues, with an emphasis on chromatic harmonies.

    • 3 credits
      MHMUS 111 — From Antiquity to 1700
      3 credits Spring Faculty

      The first semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for first-year students in their spring semester. Topics to include life and art in the Middle Ages, Gregorian chant, beginnings of polyphony, Ars nova, Renaissance culture and art, music of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the age of the madrigal, early opera, and the Baroque 17th century.

  • Liberal Arts

     

    • 3 credits
      LARTS 111 — Ethics - Conscience and the Good Life
      3 credits Fall Faculty

      Prerequisite: LARTS 101-2. Students read and discuss works of ethicists, philosophers, religious figures, and literary authors on the nature of the ethical life. Students will be encouraged to think critically about personal responsibility, responsibilities to others, the good life, the problem of evil, and human nature. Authors and traditions that may be included: Classical Greek and Roman, Buddhism, Taoism, the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, Hume, Kant, Utilitarianism, Mary Shelley, and Shakespeare, as well as contemporary readings that address the ethical questions arising in a scientific, technological and global age.

    • 3 credits
      LARTS 112 — Society, Politics, and Culture
      3 credits Spring Faculty

      This course is an introduction to the seminal issues, methods, and traditions that inform historical and contemporary conceptions of politics, society, and culture. Drawing from classical to contemporary readings in political theory, philosophy, the social sciences, literature, and gender studies, the course encourages students to explore such topics as why people live in society; how social life influences personhood; how society regulates and institutionalizes power and authority; and how societies are transformed. Authors who may be included are Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Marx, Mill, Wollstonecraft, and Woolf.

Total Credits 1st Year: 37

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  • Major Studies

     

    • CPCMU 000 — Composition
      Fall and Spring Faculty

      All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

    • 2 credits
      MSMUS R503-4 — Composers' Forum
      2 credits Full Year Robert Beaser

      The Forum is a biweekly meeting of the Composition department at which students present new works to their fellow students and the composition faculty, and composerly concerns are discussed. On occasion, guest speakers are invited to participate. The Forum also sponsors Music by Juilliard Composers, three concerts per semester featuring works by student composers. Required of all Composition majors in each semester of residence.

    • 1 credit
      MSMUS R303-4 — Composition Practicum
      1 credit Full Year Faculty

      This seminar for all undergraduate Composition majors concentrates on practical techniques of composition. Composition majors only.

  • Music Departmental Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      ETMUS 211-2 — Ear Training II
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

      Prerequisite: ETMUS 111-2. Reading in treble, bass, soprano, alto, and tenor clefs. Playing and singing simultaneously using two or three of the five clefs. Singing triads and dominant sevenths in all inversions up and down. Identification of isolated triads and dominant sevenths in four parts and identification of triads in root position and inversions in traditional harmonic progressions. Two-part melodic dictation in various clefs with implied harmony. Further rhythmic study, including basic polyrhythms.

    • 2 credits
      KSMUS 241-2 — Piano Class II
      2 credits Full Year Jennifer Chu and Fellows

      A continuation of Piano Class I. Reflecting the student's advancing piano skills, among the materials to be mastered are Bach inventions, selected movements from Haydn and Mozart sonatas, Beethoven bagatelles, and Chopin preludes and mazurkas. Required of all non-keyboard majors.

    • 4 credits
      THMUS H311 — Honors Theory III: Chromatic Harmony and Analysis II
      4 credits Fall Eric Wen

      Prerequisite: THMUS H211. This course examines tonal trends of the late-19th and early-20th centuries that led to the breakdown of the traditional tonal system. A central theme is the tension between "traditional" and "progressive" in 19th-century tonal practice, exploring how composers expanded and recast conventional harmonic practice during this period. Topics include the symmetrical division of the octave, chromatic-mediant relationships, altered dominants, diminished-seventh and common-tone augmented-sixth chords, chromatic sequences, expanded tonality, extended tertian harmony, and added-note sonorities. Emphasis is placed on the music of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Mahler, Ravel, Strauss, and Wolf.

    • 4 credits
      THMUS H411 — Honors Theory IV: Counterpoint and Analytical Methods
      4 credits Spring Eric Wen

      Prerequisite: THMUS H311. Honors Theory IV will continue the study of species counterpoint, beginning with single species counterpoint in three parts, followed by the study of combined species. Beyond the stylistic constraints of emulating 16th-century counterpoint, writing three-part species counterpoint provides secure training in handling the interplay of consonance and dissonance. In doing so, it has important ramifications in understanding complex voice-leading configurations, and thus provides a secure basis in understanding the language of tonal music in general. This course will also offer an introduction to Schenkerian Analysis. Through the study of the voice-leading and tonal organization of selected compositions, the course will aim to develop an understanding of large-scale musical coherence employing the analytic system of graphic notation developed by Heinrich Schenker. Through the analytic techniques learned in this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of how the principles of harmony and counterpoint operate in tandem, and determine the criteria for structural coherence in music of the common-practice period. Beginning with short extracts and themes, complete works will be analyzed by the end of the semester. 

       

       

    • 3 credits
      MHMUS 211 — From 1700 to 1850
      3 credits Fall Faculty

      Prerequisite: MHMUS 111. The second semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for sophomores. Topics to include the Late Baroque era, music of the French court, Baroque concerto and opera, the rise of instrumental music, Classicism and the First Viennese School, the French Revolution, Romanticism in France and Germany, songs and piano music, Romantic opera before Wagner.

    • 3 credits
      MHMUS 311 — From 1850 to the Present
      3 credits Spring Faculty

      Prerequisite: MHMUS 211. The third semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for sophomores. Topics to include operas of Verdi and Wagner, Late Romanticism and Post-Romanticism, the rise of Modernism, French Impressionism, the Second Viennese School, new styles and "isms" of the 20th century, jazz and popular music in the concert hall, world wars and the Cold War, avant-gardism, music in the 21st century.

  • Liberal Arts

     

    • 3 credits
      LARTS 212 — Art and Aesthetics
      3 credits Fall Faculty

      The final semester of the Liberal Arts Core is designed to investigate the issues relevant to artists. These issues include the awareness of “art” and “aesthetics” as different but related categories, developed through discussion of form and content; the purpose of art; and the roles of both audience and artist in the production and reception of art. Other issues are the artist’s identity, responsibility to society, and creativity as explored from psychological, philosophical, and other perspectives. Readings and works of art considered are chosen from ancient and modern classics in art history, literature, philosophy and theory; and are considered in light of various critical approaches and discourses.

Total Credits 2nd Year: 39

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  • Major Studies

     

    • CPCMU 000 — Composition
      Fall and Spring Faculty

      All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

    • 2 credits
      MSMUS R503-4 — Composers' Forum
      2 credits Full Year Robert Beaser

      The Forum is a biweekly meeting of the Composition department at which students present new works to their fellow students and the composition faculty, and composerly concerns are discussed. On occasion, guest speakers are invited to participate. The Forum also sponsors Music by Juilliard Composers, three concerts per semester featuring works by student composers. Required of all Composition majors in each semester of residence.

    • 1 credit
      MSMUS R303-4 — Composition Practicum
      1 credit Full Year Faculty

      This seminar for all undergraduate Composition majors concentrates on practical techniques of composition. Composition majors only.

  • Music Departmental Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      ETMUS 311-2 — Ear Training III
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

      Prerequisite: ETMUS 211-2. Mezzo and baritone clefs. Continued playing and singing simultaneously from several clefs. Further rhythmic practice. Singing of seventh chords up and down in all inversions and identification of seventh chords. Three-part dictations in various clefs with harmonic analysis.

    • 4 credits
      THMUS H511 — Honors Theory V: Music of the 20th Century and Beyond
      4 credits Fall Jonathan Dawe

      Prerequisite: THMUS H411  This course presents a survey of analytical approaches for post-tonal music from Modernism to the present day, and consists of three major units: 1) the rise of new scales and referential collections, such as new uses of modes, pentatonic, non-functional diatonic, whole-tone, octatonic, and "synthetic" collections; 2) pitch structures, including the study of set theory conventions, classical 12-tone methods, and the concept of pitch centricity; and 3) musical processes and design in music after 1950, including integral serialism, Neo-Romanticism, minimalism, process music, spectralism, and intercultural music. 

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 6 credits
      THMUS E553-4 — Advanced Counterpoint
      6 credits Full Year Philip Lasser

      THMUS 511 Is a prerequisite for this course. An intensive course devoted to studying the contrapuntal nature of music. Counterpoint is treated here not as a historical, style-based study, but rather as a fundamental controlling force in the syntax of Western music. The class is designed as a rigorous seminar with weekly written assignments on topics ranging from species to fully invertible counterpoint, and from canon to fugue. Concurrently, works from the Middle Ages through the 20th century will be analyzed for their underlying contrapuntal organization. Required of all undergraduate Composition majors.

    • 4 credits
      MSMUS 511-2 — Orchestral Conducting (for non-majors)
      4 credits Full Year Jeffrey Milarsky

      Prerequisite: ETMUS 211-2 . Fundamentals of baton technique, principles of interpretation, methods, and rehearsal technique. A representative list of scores will be studied from the musical and technical standpoint. This course is designed for more advanced musicians. The course culminates with a session conducting the Juilliard Orchestra in the Spring semester. Permission of the instructor required.

  • Liberal Arts
    • Liberal Arts Electives (LARTS 000-0) 6 credits

Total Credits 3rd Year: 45

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  • Major Studies

     

    • CPCMU 000 — Composition
      Fall and Spring Faculty

      All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

    • 2 credits
      MSMUS R503-4 — Composers' Forum
      2 credits Full Year Robert Beaser

      The Forum is a biweekly meeting of the Composition department at which students present new works to their fellow students and the composition faculty, and composerly concerns are discussed. On occasion, guest speakers are invited to participate. The Forum also sponsors Music by Juilliard Composers, three concerts per semester featuring works by student composers. Required of all Composition majors in each semester of residence.

    • 1 credit
      MSMUS R303-4 — Composition Practicum
      1 credit Full Year Faculty

      This seminar for all undergraduate Composition majors concentrates on practical techniques of composition. Composition majors only.

  • Music Departmental Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      ETMUS 411-2 — Ear Training IV
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

      Prerequisite: ETMUS 311-2. Transposition and continuation of previous material to a more advanced level.

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 6 credits
      THMUS E555-4 — Advanced Studies in Harmony
      6 credits Full Year Philip Lasser

      THMUS 511 An advanced course examining the harmonic principals of the tonal language and their evolution through history. Based on Nadia Boulanger's method, the class involves extensive written and aural work on chorale harmonizations from triads to ninth chords, with special emphasis on doublings and chord spacings. Work evolves gradually from diatonic to chromatic. Analysis of music from all periods will also be covered, stressing harmonic issues as key elements of style and compositional organization. Required of all undergraduate Composition majors.

    • 6 credits
      MSMUS 531-2 — Orchestration
      6 credits Not offered for 2016-2017 Faculty

      Offered in alternate years. A basic introduction to the qualities and capabilities of orchestral instruments. Students analyze representative solo, chamber, and orchestral works, with an emphasis on core repertoire and the historical development of the orchestra. Written exercises are read in class by various small ensembles. Required of all undergraduate Composition majors.

  • Liberal Arts
    • Liberal Arts Electives (LARTS 000-0) 6 credits

Total Credits 4th Year: 39

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