GRADUATE THEORY: Note: Students are required to take a minimum of two graduate theory courses. Theory courses are assigned according to the results of a placement exam.
GRMUS-TJ T602 -- Music Theory and Analysis II
2 credits Spring Julia Glenn
Section A Tuesdays 9:00-9:55, Fridays 9:00-9:50
Section B Tuesdays 10:00-10:55, Fridays 10:00-10:50
Prerequisite: GRMUS-TJ T601 or by placement. This is the second semester of a year-long theory review course designed for entering graduate students at The Tianjin Juilliard School. Building upon skills developed either in the first semester of the course or demonstrated through performance on the theory placement test, students will continue to stretch and apply their theoretical perspectives in ever-more performative ways. Like the first semester, an integrated format will combine aural, visual, and written activities including analysis, keyboard, writing (figured bass, melody harmonization, and short compositions that incorporate various harmonic idioms), singing, and transposition. The ultimate emphasis is on the creative and performative applications of music theory. After reviewing necessary fundamentals and reacquainting students with this perhaps novel approach to theory, this course will venture into chromatic harmony and larger forms, including applied chords and tonicization, modulation and binary form, modal mixture and chromatic modulation, writing and using the Neapolitan chord and augmented sixth chords, and ternary and sonata form.
GRMUS-TJ T604 -- Chamber Music from 1700 to 1800
2 credits Spring Julia Glenn
The 18th century saw countless foundations of and developments in Western chamber music. This course will dive into its rich repertoire and traditions, spanning different regions, genres, forms, styles, and musical eras. We will begin with an overview of figured bass principles and an introduction to improvised ornamentation, both focal points of the semester. An exploration of the Baroque chamber and church sonata will follow, concentrating largely on Italian composers, style, and influence. Chamber music for two strings and basso continuo will then take us across Europe via the works of Corelli, the elder Marais, Loillett, Rameau, and the two Couperins. Lastly, we will study the germination and solidification of the piano trio and string quartet from the 1760s to 1800, each cornerstones of today’s chamber music traditions.
GENERAL GRADUATE STUDIES
GRMUS-TJ R601 -- Music History I
2 credits Spring Alvin Zhu
Section A Mondays 9:00-10:45
Section B Wednesdays 9:00-10:45
Section C Wednesdays 11:00-12:45
The first semester of a year-long course sequence providing an intensive exploration of the pivotal developments in compositional genres and styles organized into topical modules. First semester topics include: Bach and the Baroque era, Mozart and his contemporaries, and the Development of the Romantic symphony.
GRMUS-TJ P600 -- Community Engagement Practicum
1 credit Spring Steven Liu
What does it mean to build an identity as an ‘Artist Citizen’ and what does that look like in actual practice? This course will explore the connection between artistry and citizenship, examine how different professional musicians connect with underserved communities, and how students can use their creative talent and entrepreneurial skills to create performances and projects that can elicit social change through music. Following training, students are required to participate in at least three community service performances.
GRMUS-TJ S601 -- Modernism: Art and Music
2 credits Spring Sophie Zhang
Scriabin's invention of the clavier à lumières (a keyboard instrument with keys corresponding to a color); Picasso designing costumes for Stravinsky's ballet "Pulcinella"; Juan Gris' painting being described as "polyphonic" and "contrapuntal"; John Cage collaborating with artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Merce Cunningham; Georgia O'Keeffe titling paintings "Music in Pink and Blue"; painter and composer Schoenberg inspiring Kandinsky to discover colors in sounds and synesthesia…. It is a fascinating phenomenon how visual art and music came together and developed alongside each other in the Modern era. Based on the various artistic stylistic changes in the Modern era, this course will trace the emergence of Modernism, examine how artists and musicians collaborated consciously, and what “art” and “music” meant to them throughout this era.