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.
GRMUSTJ 601T: Music Theory and Analysis I
Section 1: Tuesdays 9:00-9:55, Fridays 9:00-9:50
Section 2: Tuesdays 10:00-10:55, Fridays 10:00-10:50
This is the first semester of a year-long theory review course designed for entering graduate students at The Tianjin Juilliard School. The integrated format combines 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 course encourages a reorientation that reveals how theory, composition, listening, and analysis can (and must!) inform performance, and provides a foundation for more advanced theory courses. After setting the stage for a more performative approach to theory, this course will focus on diatonic harmony, including counterpoint, melodic fluency, tonal categories and the phrase model, contrapuntal expansions, non-dominant seventh chords, musical periods and sentences, and submediant and mediant harmonies.
GENERAL GRADUATE STUDIES
GRMUSTJ 600R: Collaboration and Interpretation
Section 1: Mondays 9:00-10:45
Section 2: Wednesdays 9:00-10:45
Katherine Chu and Niccolo Athens
This course focuses on making the best use of information resources to contribute to forging forge a personal point of view about a musical compositions. Once salient information is accessed, students work individually and in group interpretation building exercises to synthesize that information with a variety of other sources including their own and their instructors’ interpretive ideas and impressions from recordings and live performance ultimately arriving at an interpretation combining information with intuition.
GRMUSTJ 602H: Music History II
Section 1: Mondays 9:00-10:45
Section 2: Mondays 11:00-12:45
Section 3: Wednesdays 9:00-10:45
The second semester of the music history sequence covers topics including: Viennese music from the Romantic era through the Second Viennese School, Russian and French music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and Music of the 1970’s to the present day.
GRMUSTJ 600P: Community Engagement Practicum
Section 1: Mondays 10:00-11:00
Section 2: Mondays 11:00-12:00
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 additional community service performances.
GRMUSTJ 604S: Composition for Performers
The most direct way to counter the trend of increasing specialization in the roles of composer and performer is to encourage the creative aspirations of young players. This is the rationale for this composition seminar geared towards performance majors. Students will be equipped with practical skills in composition that can serve them in the future in preparing both arrangements and original works. Experience composing will provide students with insight into the creative process. Much of the class time will be spent in an open group lesson format looking over works in progress, ensuring that each student will receive individual attention from the instructor. If needed, the instructor will provide a more structured series of assignments designed to help students hone their compositional technique. The semester will conclude with a concert featuring new works composed during the semester.
GRMUSTJ 605S: The Challenges of Contemporary Music
This class is designed to build a bridge between late-romantic and avant-garde and experimental music. Students will become familiar with atonality; unconventional notation; complex rhythms and meters; extreme dynamics and an enhanced range of articulations and colors, including extended techniques. Class meetings will be devoted to group playing exercises supplemented by lectures, analyses, and class listening assignments. Materials include methods such as ‘Creative Music Activities’ by Hungarian composer László Sáry and materials by composers such as John Cage and Stockhausen and the course instructor. Students will also have the opportunity to create guided and free improvisations.
GRMUSTJ 606S: Arranging for Small Ensemble
Arranging for Small Ensemble will explore making music arrangements for solo with or without piano accompaniment, and various common or mixed instrument groups, such as piano trio, string quartet, woodwind quintet, as well as mixed instrumentation. The goal of the course is for students to grasp fundamental tools that will help them to rearrange works for their instruments or chamber groups using notation software such as Finale or Sibelius.
GRMUSTJ 607S: Music and Society
In this course, students will explore the relationship between music and society and the role that music plays in everyday life. We will focus on the questions such as: why is music important to culture and society? How does it influence social change? What part does music play in global society? The course will focus on music history in the context of cultural history by taking an interdisciplinary approach and exploring the relationship between music and social change, power, ethics influence on literature, political movements, and intercultural communication, among others. During the course, students will be introduced to Information literacy and academic research.