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 01: Tuesdays 9:00-9:55, Fridays 9:00-9:50
Section 02: Tuesdays 10:00-10:55, Fridays 10:00-10:50
Section 03: Tuesdays 11:00-11:55, Fridays 11:00-11:50
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.
GRMUSTJ 606T: Art of the Fugue
While a brief overview of fugue often forms part of the general music theory curriculum, this semester-long exploration of the topic is designed to provide the student with an immersive experience working through the intricacies of fugal procedure, leaving them with a lasting understanding of its various mechanisms. The course combines analysis and composition in mutually supportive ways to unravel and demystify the initially daunting complexities of the fugue in straightforward fashion. This will be accomplished through a series of composition assignments culminating in a complete three-voice fugue along with two short analytical papers.
GENERAL GRADUATE STUDIES
GRMUSTJ 600R: Collaboration and Interpretation
Section 01: Wednesdays 9:00-10:10
Section 02: Wednesdays 10:15-11:25
Section 03: Wednesdays 11:30-12:40
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 601P: Collaboration and Interpretation Practicum
Section 01: Thursdays 15:00-16:00
Section 02: Thursdays 16:00-17:00
Section 03: Thursdays 17:00-18:00
GRMUSTJ 602H: Music History II
Section 01: Mondays 9:00-10:45
Section 02: Mondays 11:00-12:45
Section 03: 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 01: Mondays 10:00-11:00
Section 02: Mondays 11:00-12:00
Section 03: Mondays 12:00-13:00
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 601S: Modernism: Art and Music
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.
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.