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 602T: Music Theory and Analysis II
Section 01 Tuesday 9:00-9:55, Friday 9:00-9:50
Section 02 Tuesday 10:00-10:55, Friday 10:00-10:50
Section 03 Tuesday 11:00-11:55, Friday 11:00-11:50
Prerequisite: GRMUSTJ 601T 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.
GRMUSTJ 650T: Sonata Form After Beethoven
Pre-requisite: GRMUSTJ 602T or by placement. This course will trace the usage of sonata form structures in symphonic and chamber music beginning after Beethoven through the first half of the 20th century, long after it is usually assumed to have been effectively defunct. Students will explore the ways in which a continuing engagement with this traditional form remained an important source of musical meaning for a wide variety of composers. Elements of “Sonata Theory” will be employed skeptically to determine their applicability to repertoire increasingly distant from the Austro-German music they were devised to describe. Students will assess the continued viability of the sonata form after the “common practice period,” as well as grapple with larger issues such as the role of shared conventions as a conduit for communication between the composer and listener and the influence of analytical models on the work of composers.
GENERAL GRADUATE STUDIES
GRMUSTJ 601H: Music History I
Section 1 Mondays 9:00-10:45
Section 2 Wednesdays 9:00-10:45
Section 3 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.
GRMUSTJ 620E: Introduction to Musical Entrepreneurship
Section 01 Mondays 10:00-11:00
Section 02 Mondays 11:00-12:00
Section 03 Mondays 12:00-13:00
This course helps students develop entrepreneurial skills and a mindset to be proactive in shaping a career that is the best match for them individually and in which they can make a unique impact on the performing arts field. Special emphasis is placed on investigating the global marketplace for career opportunities, with a spotlight on China and neighboring countries as a developing scene of arts entrepreneurship. Students will be assigned self-reflection exercises and individual projects that encourage them to engage in innovative modes of thinking, harness their entrepreneurial potentials, and build confidence in their career-mapping endeavors. The course may include project mentoring by other members of the Graduate School faculty.
This course may be repeated.
GRMUSTJ 601S: Modernism: Art and Music
When discussing Impressionism, people frequently associate Debussy's music with Monet's paintings. Such musician/artist pairings, especially in the modern era, are not by chance. Picasso and Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Kandinsky, John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, Scriabin and Roerich, etc. Art and music were inseparable in the modern era. This course will trace the emergence of Modernism and its development in both Music and Art. Beyond a historical survey of the various "isms" such as Expressionism and Cubism of the modern era, this course aims to help students gain an in-depth understanding of various artistic thoughts through creative inquiry, and to situate students in the present world as they learn about the rise of various styles influential to the social and cultural understanding of the world today.
GRMUSTJ 603S: The Symphony: Its Evolution Since 18th Century
A survey of the symphony from the late Baroque era through the 20th century, this course will examine the numerous approaches composers have taken to write works scored for the orchestra varying from 30 to 100 musicians. This survey course will include works by Sammartini, Stamitz, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Carter, Corigliano, etc. Repertoire from the current Tianjin Juilliard Orchestra season may also be selected for further study.
GRMUSTJ 609S: String Quartets Across Time
“String Quartets Across Time” is a one semester music history elective centered on the development of the string quartet genre from its inception in the 18th century to its transformation in the 20th century. The course focuses on the musical innovations of several selected string quartets from pioneering composers such as Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Berg, Debussy, Shostakovich, Bartok, and more through analysis, lecture, and discussion. The goal of this course will be to provide a deeper understanding of genre and style, linking these celebrated works to social, cultural, and political constructs of their time. By forming a brief trajectory of the string quartet’s evolutionary rise, students will better understand where we came from, where we have been, and where we will continue to go in this paramount, musical genre.