Piano

Bachelor of Music

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Piano, 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

     

    • PNKMU 000 — Piano
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

    • 1 credit
      MSMUS 100 — Piano Topics
      1 credit Fall Faculty

      A one-semester course designed as an orientation for beginning Piano majors. Topics include the anatomy of the piano, the physiology of the hand, textual cognition, genesis of forms, and editions. Guest speakers and class discussion. Required of all first-year undergraduate Piano majors.

    • 1 credit
      MSMUS 110 — Piano Performance Class I
      1 credit Spring Jerome Lowenthal

      Piano majors perform in class repertoire that they are studying with their major teachers.

  • 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.

    • 3 credits
      THMUS 111 — Theory I: Diatonic Harmony
      3 credits Fall Faculty

      This course provides an introduction to the theory and analysis of tonal music. After a review of musical fundamentals (in which students will be expected to demonstrate facility and speed in naming and spelling basic tonal materials), the course will introduce species counterpoint, diatonic harmony, and the composition and analysis of idiomatic musical phrases typical of the Baroque or Classical style.

    • 3 credits
      THMUS 211 — Theory II: Principles of Form
      3 credits Spring Faculty

      Prerequisite: THMUS 111. This course examines principles of formal structure from the smallest phrase units to complete movements in binary and da capo forms. These principles are illuminated through the analysis of examples drawn from music literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as through model-composition assignments.

    • 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: 32

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  • Major Studies

     

    • PNKMU 000 — Piano
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

    • 2 credits
      MSMUS 221-2 — Piano Performance Class II
      2 credits Full Year Matti Raekallio

      Piano majors perform in class repertoire that they are studying with their major teachers.

  • 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.

    • 3 credits
      THMUS 311 — Theory III: Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
      3 credits Fall Faculty

      Prerequisite: THMUS 211. This course introduces large-scale forms (sonata form, rondo, and ternary) as well as principles of chromatic harmony. An emphasis is placed on the expressive meaning of chromatic harmonies and also on the use of chromatic features in complete, large-scale movements. Analytical and model-composition projects draw from the Classical repertoire (especially sonata forms) and representative, early 19th-century genres (such as Lieder and character pieces).

    • 3 credits
      THMUS 411 — Theory IV: At Tonality's Edge
      3 credits Spring Faculty

      Prerequisite: THMUS 311. The course examines later 19th- and early 20th-century trends that contributed to the breakdown of traditional tonality around 1900, and the ensuing rise of new tonalities. An ongoing theme in this course is developing a working definition of "tonality" and the tension between harmonic and contrapuntal aspects of music.

    • 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.

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      KSMUS 111-2 — Keyboard Skills I
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

      This course addresses all aspects of musicianship skills at the keyboard. Areas under study include: realization of figured bass lines with a given soprano; harmonization of simple chorale melodies; composition of simple harmonic progressions; an introduction to alto, tenor, and soprano clefs using two-part exercises; and transposition of 19th-century lieder up and down half-steps and whole-steps. Required of all keyboard majors.

    • 4 credits
      MLMUS 133-4 — Piano Literature I
      4 credits Full Year Sharon Levy

      Early keyboard music (through Mozart). An introduction to the repertory of the piano and the history of piano playing, with consideration of the challenges facing the modern pianist. The classes will explore the repertoire and associated performance practice through listening, score, and source study, reading projects, bibliography, and performance. Several workshop sessions will examine the concepts underlying the repertory, provide hands-on introductions to instrumental precursors and successors of the concert grand, and consider issues confronting the young pianists in the class. Required of all undergraduate Piano majors.

  • 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: 42

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    • 2 credits
      KSMUS 211 — Keyboard Skills II
      2 credits Fall Faculty

      Prerequisite: KSMUS 111-2. With the focus now on chromatic harmonies and complex modulations, this course continues the study of all topics introduced in Keyboard Skills I. Areas under study include: realization of figured bass lines without a given soprano; composition of progressions with chromatic harmonies and foreign modulations; reduction of three- and four-part scores utilizing varying clefs; an introduction to orchestral transpositions and prepared reduction of symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; and transposition of 19th-century lieder up and down minor thirds. Required of all keyboard majors.

  • Major Studies

     

    • PNKMU 000 — Piano
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

    • 2 credits
      MSMUS 321-2 — Piano Performance Class III
      2 credits Full Year Julian Martin

      Piano majors perform in class repertoire that they are studying with their major teachers.

  • Performance Ensembles
    • Chamber Music* (CMENS 500-0) 4 credits (see Note below)
  • Music Departmental Studies

     

    • 3 credits
      THMUS 511 — Theory V: 20th Century and Beyond
      3 credits Fall Faculty

      Prerequisite: THMUS 411. This course offers a broad introduction to the analysis of post-tonal music. Topics of study include extended tonality and the rise of new tonalities; scales and collections; and principles of set theory and classic serialism.

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 2 credits
      KSMUS 211 — Keyboard Skills II
      2 credits Fall Faculty

      Prerequisite: KSMUS 111-2. With the focus now on chromatic harmonies and complex modulations, this course continues the study of all topics introduced in Keyboard Skills I. Areas under study include: realization of figured bass lines without a given soprano; composition of progressions with chromatic harmonies and foreign modulations; reduction of three- and four-part scores utilizing varying clefs; an introduction to orchestral transpositions and prepared reduction of symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; and transposition of 19th-century lieder up and down minor thirds. Required of all keyboard majors.

    • 2 credits
      KSMUS 222 — Advanced Keyboard Skills
      2 credits Spring Baruch Arnon, Noam Sivan

      Prerequisite: KSMUS 211 — Keyboard Skills II 

      The final phase of the keyboard skills sequence, advanced keyboard skills courses are offered in the following specialized categories: 

      Symphonic Scores at the Piano: Designed for pianists who intend to work as conductors. Students will learn and develop techniques of playing orchestral scores. The literature will cover works from Haydn through Brahms. 

      Advanced Transposition: Designed especially for collaborative pianists, but also for those who wish to attain a high level of expertise in chromatic works and music on the edge of tonality of the late 19th and early 20th century. 

      Piano Improvisation: This course will train students in the art of improvising in a wide range of styles from the 18th to 21st centuries. Students will develop compositional thinking, harmonic imagination, melodic creativity, and textural exploration. 

      20th-Century Keyboard Harmony: Students will learn, at the keyboard, the harmonic styles of composers such as Debussy, Ravel, Berg, Bartók, Webern, Prokofiev, Messiaen, among others, and derive chordal and improvisational exercises from these styles. We will discuss extended tonality, diatonic modality, synthetic modes, flattened chromatic notes, octatonicism, and free chromaticism.

    • 4 credits
      MLMUS 233-4 — Piano Literature II
      4 credits Full Year Sharon Levy

      19th-century piano music. An introduction to the repertory of the piano and the history of piano playing, with consideration of the challenges facing the modern pianist. The classes will explore the repertoire and associated performance practice through listening, score, and source study, reading projects, bibliography, and performance. Several workshop sessions will examine the concepts underlying the repertory, provide hands-on introductions to instrumental precursors and successors of the concert grand, and consider issues confronting the young pianists in the class. Required of all undergraduate Piano majors.

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

Total Credits 3rd Year: 42

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  • Major Studies

     

    • PNKMU 000 — Piano
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

    • 2 credits
      MSMUS 421-2 — Piano Performance Class IV
      2 credits Full Year Faculty

      Piano majors perform in class repertoire that they are studying with their major teachers.

  • Performance Ensembles
    • Chamber Music* (CMENS 500-0) 4 credits (see Note below)
  • Music Departmental Studies
    • Music Theory Elective: (THMUS E500) 3 credits
    • Music History Elective (MHMUS 000) 3 credits
  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 4 credits
      MLMUS 333-4 — Piano Literature III
      4 credits Full Year Baruch Arnon

      The piano in the 20th and 21st centuries. An introduction to the repertory of the piano and the history of piano playing, with consideration of the challenges facing the modern pianist. The classes will explore the repertoire and associated performance practice through listening, score, and source study, reading projects, bibliography, and performance. Several workshop sessions will examine the concepts underlying the repertory, provide hands-on introductions to instrumental precursors and successors of the concert grand, and consider issues confronting the young pianists in the class. Required of all undergraduate Piano majors.

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

Total Credits 4th Year: 35

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