About Juilliard Extension

About

Enrich, energize, and further your journey or career in dance, drama, and music at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus, or online from the comfort of your home. 

Taught by Juilliard’s distinguished faculty of performers, creatives, and scholars, Juilliard Extension offers a wealth of courses to advance your technical and professional skills, earn college credit, or expand your horizons in the performing arts. 

No matter your background, age, ability, or location, Juilliard Extension invites you to take part in this vibrant community of experts and enthusiasts from all walks of life. 

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Areas of Study

Composition

Writing and arranging music can be an exciting and rewarding enterprise. The most proficient composers must have the skills to effectively carry out their creative impulses, including knowledge of music theory, an understanding of the various instruments and their capabilities, a solid grasp of compositional principles and techniques, and familiarity with music notation software.

Juilliard Extension’s in-person and online classes in composition cover the broad range of essential compositional skills and techniques. Our adult classes in composition are designed for both introductory students with minimal experience and students with established skills who wish to expand their knowledge and strengthen their work. In nearly all courses, students hear their works performed by Juilliard College Division musicians.

Our in-person composition courses for adults are taught in New York City at The Juilliard School’s Lincoln Center campus.

Students are eligible to earn a Certificate in Composition by completing required courses in this subject.

Conducting

Conducting classes at Juilliard Extension aim to lay a solid foundation for future study, reflection, or practice associated with any conducting environment. Each semester, students have several opportunities to conduct small ensembles drawn from the Juilliard community.

Juilliard Extension’s in-person and online classes in conducting explore various elements of conducting, rehearsal technique, and specific techniques associated with certain genres such as opera recitative. Conducting students range from those who are just beginning to explore the craft of conducting to seasoned professionals looking for ongoing professional development. Our in-person conducting courses for adults are taught in New York City at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus.

Dance/Movement

At Juilliard Extension, you will be encouraged to explore how dance as an art form reaches across centuries and cultures. Through our Dance History and Appreciation courses, you will learn the history and works from the past that continue to inform today’s dance makers, and you will be invited to share in the creativity of the world’s most celebrated choreographers.

For those who wish to dance, Juilliard Extension offers a variety of dance classes at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center Campus in New York City. You can explore fundamental ballet techniques in person each week in the beautiful Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio. Likewise, we offer limited online dance classes every semester where you can work on movement and flexibility from the comfort of your home.

Drama

Juilliard Extension offers a wide range of drama classes that focus on drama as a genre and as a creative practice. Our Scene Study: Group Acting class is a place for those seeking ongoing development and coaching on their acting skills. These group classes provide students with a community of like-minded individuals who approach acting with passion and commitment.

Juilliard Extension’s drama and acting classes are offered online and in person at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City and are designed for those beginning to explore the craft of acting as well as seasoned professionals seeking ongoing professional development.

Ear Training & Musicianship

Juilliard Extension’s online and in-person classes in Ear Training & Musicianship are designed to help students become self-sufficient musicians. The classes are technical in nature, offering a practical approach to improving one’s ability to read, hear, and understand basic musical concepts. Through weekly assignments, exercises, and drills students gradually cultivate a technique that enables them to listen and learn music with greater efficiency and fluency. In-person Ear Training courses are offered at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City.

Guitar

Juilliard Extension offers adult guitar classes in New York City at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus for anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience, our world-class faculty will help you develop the mastery and skills needed to achieve your goals. Guitar courses are taught in small group classes.

History & Appreciation

Juilliard Extension’s adult courses in History & Appreciation offer a broad exploration of the performing arts world. Each semester we provide a diverse selection of in person and online music history classes with live instruction by our esteemed Juilliard Extension faculty.

Music History courses are designed especially for people who enjoy the arts but who may not be artists themselves. Many of these courses complement Lincoln Center and Juilliard programming and, on occasion, present guest performers in class.

Keyboard Studies

Juilliard Extension’s Keyboard Studies courses enhance keyboard playing and musicianship skills. We offer in-person and online classes in Keyboard Studies and the curriculum covers sight-reading, keyboard harmony, transposition, and score reading.

Our Keyboard Studies classes are designed to sharpen specific practical skills that are necessary for keyboard players, conductors, and composers. Students are expected to have basic piano proficiency (ability to read both treble and bass clefs).

Keyboard skills classes are taught in person at The Juilliard School in New York City at our Lincoln Center campus. Online Keyboard skills students must have access to a piano or keyboard to participate in these classes.

Music Production

In today’s digitally integrated world, musicians and music makers increasingly use digital tools to create their art. From Logic to Finale, Sibelius, and more, the list of tools in the 21st-century musician’s toolbox is growing. Juilliard Extension’s Music Production courses help students who have musical training further their competency with digital tools. Frequently, students who take these courses seek to advance their skills in music production, composing for film, arranging for TV and film, and more.

Juilliard Extension’s Music Production classes are taught online and in person in New York City at our Lincoln Center campus.

Music Theory & Analysis

Juilliard Extension’s Music Theory and Analysis program helps musicians foster a deeper understanding of the musical literature through the study of its syntax, structure, and styles. Throughout these studies, students develop and refine their musical instincts, expand their knowledge of musical repertoire, and apply this knowledge creatively through model composition projects.

The Music Theory & Analysis courses are for students who are interested in composition or earning academic credit. The program begins with the Elements of Music, which starts with the basic language of music theory. It then progresses into the five-semester sequence of Music Theory and Analysis I-V. Advanced electives, to expand students’ theoretical knowledge and analytical skills in specific time periods and genres, are also offered.

We offer online music theory and analysis training as well as in-person instruction at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City. Students are eligible to earn a Certificate in Core Musical Skills by completing required courses in this subject.

Piano

Juilliard Extension’s piano and chamber music courses are group piano classes that focus on technique and repertoire. We now offer piano classes online and will continue to invite students to join piano class in person at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City.

Special Topics

In today’s world, artists need more than solid performance skills to have successful careers. Performing artists must also develop a wide range of skills in finance, marketing and communication, and pedagogy, as well as a thorough understanding of the competing imperatives and issues that affect performing arts venues and institutions. These courses will help students in develop various essential skills, improve their understanding of the performing arts landscape and improve their artistry while providing practical information for undertaking artistic endeavors.

Voice

Juilliard Extension offers a full range of courses in voice, designed to serve singers from amateur to the most advanced levels. Our voice classes cover a full range of styles and genres from contemporary musical theater to lieder and opera and beyond. We offer focused training in diction and performance skills crucial to the artistic growth and development of every singer and singing actor. Taken together, these classes are designed to constitute a comprehensive curriculum for study in vocal arts. Voice classes are taught online and in person at Juilliard’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City.

Certificate Programs

Juilliard Extension offers two certificate programs designed for students who seek a rigorous course of study in Core Musical Skills and Music Composition. All courses in the certificate program match in content and delivery undergraduate courses in the Juilliard College Division, and require significant preparation outside of class time. Students who complete the program gain a solid grounding in practical knowledge that is necessary for all musicians.

Please note:

  • Certificates are designed to be completed within a two-year period (four semesters), but students may take up to four years (eight semesters) to complete it.
  • Students must obtain a grade of C or higher in each course to fulfill the requirements of the program.
  • Juilliard Extension is a nonmatriculated program. We do not offer scholarships or federal, or state funding.

Certificate in Core Musical Skills

Requirements

The Certificate in Core Musical Skills requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students must enroll in the following courses:

  • EVCRT 111 - Music Theory and Analysis I: Diatonic Harmony (3 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 211 - Music Theory and Analysis II: Principles of Form (3 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 311 - Music Theory and Analysis III: Chromatic Harmony and Analysis (3 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 411 - Music Theory and Analysis IV: At Tonality’s Edge (3 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 121 / EVCRT 122 - Ear Training I (4 credits; 2 semesters)

Electives

In addition, students must choose one elective from the following:

  • EVCRT 421 - Music Theory and Analysis V: 20th Century and Beyond (3 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 423 / EVCRT 424 – Music Theory Elective (3 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 141 OR EVCRT 142 - Keyboard Skills I (2 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 221 OR EVCRT 222 - Ear Training II (2 credits; 1 semester)

Prerequisites

If students entering the program are not at the requisite level to enroll in the above credit-bearing courses, they must first take noncredit prerequisite courses from the following list to achieve eligibility:

  • EVDIV 011 - Elements of Music Theory and Analysis
  • EVDIV 040 - Elements of Keyboard Skills
  • EVDIV 041 - Introduction to Keyboard Skills
  • EVDIV 050 - Elements of Musicianship
  • EVDIV 052 - Introduction to Ear Training

Supplemental Courses

If students test out of any of the required classes, they must choose credit-bearing courses from the following areas to reach the minimum of 18 credits to obtain the certificate:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Ear Training & Musicianship
  • Keyboard Studies
  • Music Theory & Analysis

Certificate in Composition

Requirements

The Certificate in Composition requires a minimum of 20 credits as follows:

  • EVCRT 313 / EVCRT 314 - Composition (4 credits; 2 semesters)
  • EVCRT 413 / EVCRT 414 - Advanced Composition (4 credits; 2 semesters)
  • EVCRT 113 / EVCRT 114 - Orchestration (4 credits; 2 semesters)
  • EVCRT 213 / EVCRT 214 - Advanced Orchestration (4 credits; 2 semesters)
  • EVCRT 141 OR EVCRT 142 - Keyboard Skills I (2 credits; 1 semester)
    OR
  • EVCRT 243 - Piano I (1 credit; 1 semester) AND
  • EVCRT 244 - Piano II (1 credit; 1 semester)

Electives

In addition, students must choose one elective from the following:

  • EVCRT 471 - Score Reading for Conductors and Composers (2 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 461 OR EVCRT 462 - Orchestral Conducting (2 credits; 1 semester)
  • EVCRT 517 - Scoring to Picture (2 credits; 1 semester)

Prerequisites

If students entering the program are not at the requisite level to enroll in the above credit-bearing courses, they must first take noncredit prerequisite courses from the following list to achieve eligibility:

  • EVDIV 151 - Elements of Composition
  • EVDIV 040 - Elements of Keyboard Skills
  • EVDIV 011 - Elements of Music Theory and Analysis
  • EVDIV 050 - Elements of Musicianship
  • EVDIV 052 - Introduction to Ear Training
  • EVDIV 041 - Introduction to Keyboard Skills

Supplemental Courses
If students test out of any of the required classes, they must choose credit-bearing courses from the following areas to reach the minimum of 20 credits to obtain the certificate:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Ear Training & Musicianship
  • Keyboard Studies
  • Music Theory & Analysis

Courses

If students test out of any of the required classes, they must choose credit-bearing courses from the following areas to reach the minimum of 20 credits to obtain the certificate:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Ear Training & Musicianship
  • Keyboard Studies
  • Music Theory & Analysis

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