Historical Performance offers a Master of Music degree, a two-year Graduate Diploma , and a Doctor of Musical Arts . This performance-based program is an intensive course of study in both history and performance, offering students the opportunity to perform at the highest level of excellence as they develop a thorough understanding of the musical and cultural contexts of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Performance opportunities include student-led chamber music groups, solo recitals, required participation in the concerts and tours of the departmental orchestra Juilliard415, and frequent collaborations with the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts . Students also work closely with distinguished visiting artists in masterclasses and coachings, learning from figures such as William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, and Jordi Savall. The regular teaching faculty of the program are all leading performers who maintain active performing careers outside the school.
In addition to regular private lessons, the principal departmental studies include required classes in figured bass and a series of seminars that cover a wide range of historical, analytical, theoretical, and contextual issues related to historically informed performance. Individual students may also be required to enroll in ear training, music history, and/or music theory classes based on diagnostic exams.
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Period Instrument Lessons for Modern Instrument Majors
Opportunities for individual private lessons on a period instrument are available on request for modern instrument majors. Eligible instruments include Baroque violin, viola, cello, double bass/violone, flute, recorder, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, horn, viola da gamba, and harpsichord. Enrollment is based on consultation with the appropriate member of the Historical Performance studio faculty and requires permission of the student’s major teacher. Students will receive between four and six hours of instruction per semester. With the exception of harpsichordists, participating students will be loaned an instrument from Juilliard’s collection. Period instrument lessons are offered by application on a limited basis and are free of charge.
CoursesStudio LessonsHistorical Performance EnsemblesHistorical Performance Core StudiesSpecialized Skills in Historical Performance