Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Music

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Jazz Studies, 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 and Michael Shinn

       

      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
    • Instrument 10 credits
    • Annual Jury 0 credit
  • Performance Ensembles

     

    • 2 credits
      PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
      2 credits Full Year James Burton

       

      Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

       

    • 4 credits
      PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

       

      Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

       

  • 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 111J — Jazz Theory I: Melody, Rhythm and Harmony
      3 credits Fall Faculty

       

      This course introduces an understanding of melodic structure, rhythmic grooves, and harmony as written and performed in jazz. After a review of music fundamentals, primary chord/scale relationships, and notation basics, with which students will be expected to demonstrate fluency, students will learn melodic construction, rhythmic principles, and harmonic progressions key to the development of jazz. Source material will include hymns, work songs, spiritual, marches, blues, and Appalachian music. Music terminology and concepts will be introduced and the composition of monophonic as well as simple polyphonic musical phrases will be assigned.

       

    • 3 credits
      THMUS 211J — Jazz Theory II: World Melody & Rhythm
      3 credits Spring Faculty

       

      Prerequisite: THMUS 111J This course expands the study of melody, rhythm, and harmony to include idiomatic principles from Africa, South America, and Asia present in jazz. Students will learn to distinguish musical song forms and the unique geographic characteristics of melodies, rhythms, and harmonic progressions. Further music terminology and concepts will be introduced, and the composition and arrangement of monophonic as well as simple polyphonic pieces will be assigned.

       

    • 3 credits
      MHMUS 111J — Jazz History I
      3 credits Spring Faculty

       

      A four-course sequence covering the origins and development of jazz music and an introduction to its major contributors as well as the exploration of musical and social issues associated with the genre. This first course aligns the early history of the United States, with particular focus on the 1820s through the 1920s, with the early developments of jazz, noting composer/performers such as Louis Gottschalk, Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. The impact of technology, the developing economy, and the movement of people around the United States on jazz music will be explored.

       

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 1 credit per term
      JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
      1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

       

      A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

       

    • 1 credit per term
      KSMUS 540J — Jazz Piano I for Non-Pianists
      1 credit per term Fall, Spring Frank Kimbrough

       

      Designed to provide the non-pianist jazz musician with the basic proficiency necessary to utilize the piano as an aid to composition, arranging, and improvisation. Basics of piano technique, including scales, fingerings, arpeggios, hand position, touch, and sight-reading. Harmonic progressions and voicings will be studied in the context of the standard jazz repertoire.

       

  • 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: 37-41

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  • Major Studies
    • Instrument 10 credits
    • Annual Jury 0 credit
  • Performance Ensembles

     

    • 2 credits
      PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
      2 credits Full Year James Burton

       

      Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

       

    • 4 credits
      PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

       

      Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

       

  • 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 311J — Jazz Theory III: Chromatic Harmony
      3 credits Fall Faculty

       

      Prerequisite: THMUS 211J. This course explores chromatic harmony and melodic principles, and advanced rhythmic concepts prevalent in mid- to late-20th-century jazz compositions by composers such as Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and others. This study will be applied to writing assignments that demonstrate students' knowledge of arranging techniques from specific periods of jazz.

       

    • 3 credits
      THMUS 411J — Jazz Theory IV: Form
      3 credits Spring Faculty

       

      Prerequisite: THMUS 311J. This course examines general principles of formal structure including phrase length, order of phrases, sections, movements in absolute and program music as well as common forms prevalent in jazz. Analysis of song forms and larger scale works, including repertoire performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, will be assigned.

       

    • 3 credits
      MHMUS 211J — Jazz History II
      3 credits Fall Faculty

       

      Prerequisite: MHMUS 111J. A course covering the origins and development of jazz music and an introduction to its major contributors as well as the exploration of musical and social issues associated with jazz. This course continues a review of the major developments in the United States with the many styles of jazz prevalent from approximately 1930 to 1970. The impact of the Great Depression, musical theater, black-owned record labels, the civil rights movement, as well as the music of artists such as Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus will be studied.

       

    • 3 credits
      MHMUS 311J — Jazz History III
      3 credits Spring Faculty

       

      Prerequisite: MHMUS 211J. This course builds upon the previous Jazz History courses, exploring the political and social environment as well as the music and musicians of critical eras in jazz music. It examines the international relationships within the history of jazz, such as the major contributors born outside the United States, and the impact that radio, recordings, film, and State Department and other tours had on the proliferation of jazz around the world. 

       

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 1 credit per term
      JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
      1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

       

      A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

       

    • 1 credit per semester
      KSMUS 542J — Jazz Piano II for Non-Pianists
      1 credit per semester Fall, Spring Frank Kimbrough

       

      Prerequisite: KSMUS 540J. A continuation of Jazz Piano I for Non-Pianists. Designed to provide the non-pianist jazz musician with the basic proficiency necessary to utilize the piano as an aid to composition, arranging, and improvisation. Basics of piano technique, including scales, fingerings, arpeggios, hand position, touch, and sight-reading. Harmonic progressions and voicings will be studied in the context of the standard jazz repertoire.

       

    • 4 credits
      JZMUS 541-2 — Jazz Improvisation I, II
      4 credits Full year Faculty

       

      A workshop teaching the different concepts of improvising by listening to and studying the solos of the great improvisers throughout the history of jazz, placing an emphasis on the importance of hearing in improvisation and development of an individual sound.

       

  • 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: 44-46

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  • Major Studies
    • Instrument 10 credits
    • Annual Jury 0 credit
  • Performance Ensembles

     

    • 2 credits
      PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
      2 credits Full Year James Burton

       

      Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

       

    • 4 credits
      PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

       

      Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

       

  • Music Departmental Studies

     

    • 3 credits
      JZMUS 411 — Introduction to Jazz Arranging and Orchestration
      3 credits Fall Andy Farber

       

      This course is designed to present and develop basic skills of arranging and orchestration in the context of small jazz ensembles. Students will learn notation skills from traditional paper and pencil to current computer notation software programs. In addition, the aesthetic purposes of arranging and orchestration, and the basic techniques therein will be discussed. Students will listen to seminal recordings that model their upcoming writing assignments. Those assignments may include transcribing, writing original lead sheet arrangements, and orchestrating arrangements that develop re-harmonization and counterpoint skills.

       

    • 3 credits
      JZMUS 412 — Jazz Arranging and Composition
      3 credits Spring Andy Farber

       

      This course is designed to further develop skills of arranging and orchestration and introduce composition practices in the context of small to medium size jazz ensembles. Students will discuss aesthetic principles in composition and write and record original compositions that incorporate a varied number and mixture of front lines horns, motivic development, and considerations of form.

       

    • 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

     

    • 1 credit per term
      JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
      1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

       

      A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

       

    • 2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students
      JZMUS 510 — Jazz Business I
      2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students Fall Faculty

       

      This course provides a comprehensive survey of the functional business areas in jazz including production, marketing, finance, development, touring, and education. The class is team-taught by key administrative staff from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

       

    • 2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students
      JZMUS 511 — Jazz Business II
      2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students Spring Faculty

       

      Prerequisite: JZMUS 510. This course builds upon the conceptual foundation provided in the fall course and moves to project-based assignments where students engage with the key challenges of managing a jazz ensemble or organization, including marketing, interdisciplinary collaboration, production, and funding models. The class is team-taught by key administrative staff from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

       

    • 1 credit
      JZMUS 321 — Jazz Seminar
      1 credit Spring Faculty

       

      This course guides students in developing a set of practical skills around presenting effective performances. Students will study and create practical concert programs for various ensembles and venues, review basic conducting patterns, discuss rehearsal techniques, and explore ways to position their compositions appropriately within concert programs. They will draft their graduation recitals as part of their final assignment for the class.

       

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

Total Credits 3rd Year: 40

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  • Major Studies
    • Instrument 10 credits
    • Graduation Jury 0 credit
    • Recital 1 credit
  • Performance Ensembles

     

    • 2 credits
      PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
      2 credits Full Year James Burton

       

      Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

       

    • 4 credits
      PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
      4 credits Full Year Faculty

       

      Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

       

  • Music Departmental Studies
    • Music Elective   3 credits (as advised)
    • 3 credits
      MHMUS 411J — Jazz History IV
      3 credits Fall Faculty

       

      Prerequisite: MHMUS 311J. This course builds upon the previous Jazz History courses, exploring the political and social environment as well as the music and musicians of critical eras in jazz. This final course in the sequence examines modern jazz history from 1980 to the present with a focus on identifying the many current streams in the genre. Students will be challenged to envision their desired place in jazz 20 years from today based on their developing artistic vision, their current mission statements, and their view of 21st-century society.

       

  • Specialized Studies

     

    • 1 credit per term
      JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
      1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

       

      A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

       

    • 0 credit
      JZMUS 421 — The Jazz Community Project
      0 credit Fall Faculty

       

      This course helps students to understand the many important roles within the jazz community and to develop and implement meaningful and mutually beneficial projects. These may include mini-internships, performances, and teaching opportunities that connect students with the larger jazz community. A completed Jazz Community Project is the final required assignment.

       

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

Total Credits 4th Year: 33

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