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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Graduate Studies

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Standards of Review and Evaluation

All graduate students in the Music Division are reviewed by the Scholastic Standing Committee at quarterly intervals throughout the academic year. In keeping with an advanced level of training, graduate students are held to a higher standard of achievement and professionalism in all studies. At the Master’s level, grades lower than B in major study and performance classes are not acceptable; grades lower than C do not carry credit.

Note: Supplementary English instruction may be required for graduate programs, based on the results of the TOEFL exam.

Graduate Courses

Graduate courses (courses coded GRMUS) generally meet once each week for two hours. They provide both a comprehensive and professionally focused study of epochal musical periods, conceptual issues, and performance practice. Some of these courses may be taken for one semester; some must be taken for the full year (in such cases no credit will be given for one semester); some have prerequisites. These courses are open to students, as advised, in the Master of Music, Graduate Diploma, Artist Diploma, and Doctor of Music Arts programs. They are also open to advanced undergraduates with the permission of the instructors and the Dean’s Office.

Graduate courses in Music History and Music Theory and Analysis provide a professionally focused and intellectually exciting study of musical styles, epochs, concepts, structures, and music’s relationship to other arts, humanities, and social sciences. Such topics as style criticism, musical meaning, reception history, primary and secondary source materials, and text-music relations are emphasized, and the study of performance practice is a constant theme. All of these courses present students with experience in musical research, writing and speaking about music, and analyzing the form and content of musical works.


    Master of Music

    The Master of Music (M.M.) degree program is an advanced course of study for musicians who hold the bachelor’s degree and who seek graduate musical training and classroom learning to prepare themselves more fully for careers as professional musicians.

    Length of Program

    The minimum residency to complete the program is two years. Extensions to the normal residency are only granted for valid reasons and may affect financial aid eligibility.

    Credit Requirement

    The minimum number of credits required to complete the degree is 54 (56 in Jazz Studies; 72 in Collaborative Piano ; 58 in Historical Performance ). The  distribution of those credits by major appears with each program.

    Performance Requirement

    A graduation recital is required of all Voice and instrumental majors. In place of a recital, Composition and Conducting majors must demonstrate artistic  accomplishment equivalent to that required for the recital. That equivalency will be determined by the respective departmental faculties.

    Graduate Diploma

    The Graduate Diploma program is for highly gifted musicians who wish to pursue musical studies beyond the undergraduate level but do not wish to enter the full Master of Music degree program. An undergraduate degree or diploma is required for admission.

    NOTE: Important statistics and disclosure information on all non-degree diploma programs are available on the Juilliard Web site.

    Artist Diploma

     NOTE: Important statistics and disclosure information on all non-degree diploma programs are available on the Juilliard Web site.


      Ear Training

      The aim of the ear training program is to equip students with thorough skills in rhythm, pitch, and musical structures in order to promote confident, fast, and accurate learning. Through a guided series of precision exercises, students come to understand their roles as soloists, as collaborators in small or large ensembles, and as creators in transmitting to an audience the emotional content of the music. The fixed-do system — primarily because of its systematic approach to both tonal and atonal music — is employed to develop all pitch-related skills.

      Keyboard Studies

      The Keyboard Studies department aims to raise the level of keyboard facility and musicianship skills for all music students at Juilliard. The department is primarily comprised of two courses of study: Secondary Piano and Keyboard Skills. 

      Secondary Piano is required of all non-keyboard music majors. It is designed to enhance students’ understanding of Music Theory and to develop basic keyboard skills of use in their future careers as performers and teachers. Its two-year curriculum trains students in the rudiments of piano playing, including scales, arpeggios, basic keyboard harmony, and sight-reading, while maintaining the study of repertoire, ranging from pedagogical pieces to Classical-era sonatinas, simple piano accompaniments to vocal and instrumental repertoire, and keyboard reductions of score excerpts.

      Keyboard Skills is required of all keyboard majors. Its two-year curriculum is designed to sharpen specific practical skills that are necessary for all keyboard players. It covers sight-reading, keyboard harmony, transposition, and score-reading. The final semester of the Keyboard Skills sequence offers a variety of advanced electives on a rotating basis, including improvisation. 

      Prior to entering into the Keyboard Skills sequence, students are required to pass a sight-reading proficiency exam. In support of this requirement, a two-semester Keyboard Sight-Reading course taught by graduate teaching fellows is offered in the student’s first year.

      Graduate Studies: Core Seminars in Music HistoryGraduate Studies: Core Seminars in Music TheoryGraduate Studies: Elective Seminars in MusicGraduate Studies: Departmental Practicums in MusicGraduate Studies: General Practicums in MusicGraduate Studies: Entrepreneurship and Career Development in MusicGraduate Studies: Departmental Requirements in Music

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