Vocal Arts

Bachelor of Music

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Voice, 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

     

    • VOVMU 000 — Voice
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Lyric Diction

     

    • 1 credit
      VAMUS 161 — Phonics
      1 credit Fall Robert Cowart

      An introductory course dealing with the elements of lyric diction. Singers become familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.) and the similarities and differences found in Italian, German, French, and English diction.

    • 4 credits
      VAMUS 591-2 — Italian Diction
      4 credits Full Year Corradina Caporello

      The fundamentals of Italian phonetics and sound production. Special emphasis given to the application of the theory through art songs and operatic arias.

  • Musical Studies for Singers*

     

    • 1 credit
      VAMUS 160 — Introduction to Vocal Performance
      1 credit Fall Edward Berkeley

      Major subjects will include the preparation of music and text for coachings, recital work, and stagings; the individual in the collaborative arts & growing with colleagues; presenting the self with imagination; the singer's deportment; basic stagecraft; and effective rehearsal process. Required of all first-year undergraduates.

    • 1 credit
      VAMUS 170 — Text and the Singer
      1 credit Spring Edward Berkeley

      A workshop that develops the singer's communicative skills through techniques designed to aid in the understanding and delivery of English texts. Source materials range from Shakespeare's sonnets to contemporary plays and poetry. Required of all first-year undergraduates.

  • Dramatic Studies for Singers

     

    • 2 credits
      OPMUS 101-2 — Acting I for Singers
      2 credits Full Year Mary Birnbaum and John Giampietro

      Short units will focus on fundamental principles of acting and study of definitive texts. Throughout the year, students will have reading assignments and write graded essays that supplement active classwork. Required of all first-year undergraduates.

    • 0 credits
      VAMUS 101-2 — Movement I
      0 credits Full Year Jeanne Slater

      A basic dance technique class. Jazz, theatrical, and Baroque dance styles will be covered in addition to turns, leaps, basic partnering, physical storytelling, stage deportment, gesture, and craft. This class focuses on body awareness, coordination, stretching, strengthening, fitness, and movement memory. Required of all undergraduates.

    • 0 credit
      OPMUS 500 — Opera Chorus
      0 credit Fall, Spring David Moody

      Participation in one Opera Chorus is required of all Juilliard singers each academic year as assigned. The Opera Chorus graduation requirement is fulfilled only by successfully completing all assignments. Chorus assessments are conducted during the rehearsal period.

  • 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.

    • 6 credits
      LARTS 191-2 — Italian I
      6 credits Full Year Michael Maione

      Introductory language courses provide basic reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Students also study the culture and history of the language and the countries where it is spoken. Students are expected to pass the first semester with a grade of at least "C" in order to continue to the second semester. Students may not enroll in courses involving the study of their native languages.

Total Credits 1st Year: 47

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  • Major Studies

     

    • VOVMU 000 — Voice
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Lyric Diction

     

    • 2 credits
      VAMUS 561 — English Diction
      2 credits Fall Kathryn LaBouff

      The study of Neutral American English pronunciation and its correct vocal production, followed by Oxford British English pronunciation and application of both pronunciations to solo vocal repertoire with regard to clarity, expression, and interpretive values.

    • 4 credits
      VAMUS 581-2 — German Diction
      4 credits Full Year Marianne Barrett

      A concentrated study of the rules and sounds of the German International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.). A direct application of the I.P.A. to the vocal repertoire, emphasizing the expressive lyrical phrasing of the language through text declamation and vocal interpretation. An introduction to German grammar.

  • Musical Studies for Singers*

     

    • 2 credits
      MLMUS 562 — British and American Song Literature
      2 credits Spring J.J. Penna

      Prerequisite: English Diction. A performance seminar addressing stylistic trends, poetic treatment, and musical development as they relate to the writing of song in English. In-class performance and discussion will provide detailed study of individual songs as well as an introduction to the broad-based historical and literary concepts that shaped the literature. As the tradition of song craft is closely wedded to the established literary canon, time will be devoted to the study of poems from a technical point of view as they influence musical setting. Repertoire will be chosen in conjunction with each student's studio instructor and jury requirements.

  • Dramatic Studies for Singers

     

    • 2 credits
      OPMUS 201-2 — Acting II for Singers
      2 credits Full Year Mary Birnbaum

      Prerequisite: OPMUS 101-2. Students will focus on the concepts of character, context, and imagination, working through a variety of exercises and assignments based on the techniques of Jacques Lecoq, among others. Classes will include frequent discussion of acting principles, presentation of monologues, and group work. Required of all second-year undergraduates.

    • 2 credits
      OPMUS 211-2 — Opera Studies
      2 credits Full Year Faculty

      Students study assigned opera excerpts in a variety of styles, from early music to modern, and may be cast in small groups as assigned by the department, under the direction of a designated musical coach and stage director. Upon successful completion of diction, music, and staging preparation, students may perform their staged scenes. Required Movement classes and Opera Chorus are essential components of Opera Studies. Required of all second-year undergraduates.

    • 0 credits
      VAMUS 103-4 — Movement II
      0 credits Full Year Jeanne Slater

      Prerequisite: Movement I. At the second level, the class will continue moving forward with more advanced dance technique, including multiple turns, leaps/jumps, and basic partnered lifts/tricks in addition to learning the basics of waltz, American tango, and swing. Each semester includes a project in which the students work on stagecraft and deportment within arias, songs, and opera scenes. Required of all undergraduates.

    • 0 credit
      OPMUS 500 — Opera Chorus
      0 credit Fall, Spring David Moody

      Participation in one Opera Chorus is required of all Juilliard singers each academic year as assigned. The Opera Chorus graduation requirement is fulfilled only by successfully completing all assignments. Chorus assessments are conducted during the rehearsal period.

  • 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: 46

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  • Major Studies

     

    • VOVMU 000 — Voice
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • Lyric Diction

     

    • 4 credits
      VAMUS 571-2 — French Diction
      4 credits Full Year Benedicte Jourdois

      A thorough study of the phonemes of the French language from the points of view of phoneticization (I.P.A.), vocalization, and interpretive expression of the text. Application of these to the song and operatic repertoire with stress on declamation of translations and healthy, intelligible, expressive singing in French. Open-class recital at the conclusion of the spring term.

  • Musical Studies for Singers*

     

    • 4 credits
      MLMUS 391-2 — Italian Vocal Literature
      4 credits Full Year Corradina Caporello

      Prerequisite: Italian Diction. A chronological survey of the Italian vocal repertoire from the first monodic music by Monteverdi, Peri, and Caccini to Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, and the Verismo School. Emphasis on all aspects of solo performance and on the understanding of the different stylistic qualities of each composer.

  • Dramatic Studies for Singers

     

    • 2 credits
      OPMUS 301-2 — Acting III for Singers
      2 credits Full Year John Giampietro

      Prerequisite: OPMUS 201-2. This class will consist of physical training based on natural principles of movement (shape, gesture, speed, response) that students will incorporate into the development and expression of a character. Students will practice and strengthen their acting technique through spoken scenes, monologues, and aria and song work. Required of all third-year undergraduates.

    • 4 credits
      OPMUS 311-2 — Opera Studies
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

      Students will study assigned opera excerpts in a variety of styles, from early music to modern, and may be cast in small groups as assigned by the department, under the direction of a designated musical coach and stage director. Upon successful completion of diction, music, and staging preparation, students may perform their staged scenes. Opera Chorus is an essential component of Opera Studies. Required of all third-year undergraduates.

    • 0 credit
      OPMUS 500 — Opera Chorus
      0 credit Fall, Spring David Moody

      Participation in one Opera Chorus is required of all Juilliard singers each academic year as assigned. The Opera Chorus graduation requirement is fulfilled only by successfully completing all assignments. Chorus assessments are conducted during the rehearsal period.

  • Liberal Arts
    • Language II or Elective (LARTS 000-0) 6 credits

Total Credits 3rd Year: 40

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  • Major Studies

     

    • VOVMU 000 — Voice
      Fall and Spring Faculty

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

    • 0-2 credits
      VAMUS 501 — Vocal Arts Seminar
      0-2 credits Fall Mary Lou Falcone

      A course designed to address the extended needs of today's performers, its goals are to acquaint the aspiring performer with the realities of professional life both off and on the stage; to increase students' awareness of the world and community of which they are a part or are becoming a part; and to introduce students to specific areas of the music business. Required of all Voice majors. Does not carry credit for graduates.

  • Music Departmental Studies
    • Music History Electives (MHMUS 000-0) 6 credits
  • Musical Studies for Singers*

     

    • 4 credits
      MLMUS 481-2 — German Vocal Literature
      4 credits Full Year J.J. Penna

      Prerequisite: German Diction. Open to Piano majors by permission of the instructor. This course is a performance survey focusing on 19th- and 20th-century German Lieder. Though the primary aim of our sessions will be the coaching of in-class performances by pre-assigned singer/pianist duos, there will be assignments of a broader based nature for which the student will be responsible as well. We will focus on representative composers and poets within the German canon whose works shaped the development of the genre. 

    • 4 credits
      MLMUS 471-2 — French Vocal Literature
      4 credits Full Year Glenn Morton

      Prerequisite: French Diction. An overall view of the performance and interpretation of the French vocal repertoire, including both song and opera, from its origins to the present. Singers and pianists perform in class periodically with background information, phonetic transcription, and translation for each piece required. Coaching in class by the instructor. Open class recital at conclusion of spring term.

    • 2 credits
      VAMUS 400 — Recital Practicum
      2 credits Fall Robert White

      During the semester singers will select their recital repertoire, and explore research and performance issues vital for senior recital preparation. Participants will become familiar with the entire range of recital performance and production.

    • 1 credit
      VAMUS 510 — A History of Singing
      1 credit Fall Cori Ellison

      Through guided critical listening to the greatest singers from the dawn of the recording era through the present day, this course will trace the history and evolution of vocal technique, performance practice, and singing styles in classical song, opera, and oratorio. The class will explore the hallmarks of vocal excellence within diverse style periods, and develop a precise vocabulary for authoritatively discussing and evaluating singing. The impact of different performance spaces (private salons, small and large public theatres, purpose-built spaces, etc.) on vocal style will also be discussed

  • Dramatic Studies for Singers

     

    • 2 credits
      OPMUS 401-2 — Acting IV for Singers
      2 credits Full Year David Paul

      Prerequisite: OPMUS 301-2. In this culminating year of the undergraduate acting curriculum, singers will focus on integrating and applying their acting technique to the performance of vocal repertoire, with an emphasis on opera scenes, arias, and art song. Singers will also examine audition presentation technique and special challenges in recital performance. Required of all fourth- and fifth-year undergraduates.

    • 4 credits
      OPMUS 411-2 — Opera Studies
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

      As assigned by the department, students participate in full opera productions and opera scenes, in a variety of styles, from early music to modern, designed to prepare students for rehearsals and performances in the professional world. Preparation includes extensive language, music, and dramatic coaching, culminating in performances for the Juilliard community. Opera Chorus is an essential component of Opera Studies. Required of all fourth- and fifth-year undergraduates.

    • 0 credit
      OPMUS 500 — Opera Chorus
      0 credit Fall, Spring David Moody

      Participation in one Opera Chorus is required of all Juilliard singers each academic year as assigned. The Opera Chorus graduation requirement is fulfilled only by successfully completing all assignments. Chorus assessments are conducted during the rehearsal period.

Total Credits 4th Year: 36

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