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The Music Advancement Program’s comprehensive curriculum is designed to offer students individualized instruction in their area of concentration while seeking to develop the whole musician. Upon acceptance into MAP, students are placed into one of four levels of study ranging from intermediate (Level 1) to advanced (Level 4). A student’s level and concentration in the program determine his or her course schedule. Curriculum and course offerings are subject to change by program administration at any time.

CORE CURRICULUM
Required of all students at all levels in the program.
Private Lesson
Music Theory and Ear Training
Artist as Citizen Project

CONCENTRATION-SPECIFIC COURSES
Required based on student’s concentration and level in the program.
String Ensemble
Wind Ensemble
MAP Orchestra
Brass Lab
Woodwind Lab
Percussion Ensemble
Saxophone Ensemble
Composer’s Forum
Composition Lab
Chamber Music

ELECTIVE COURSES
Level 1 students have the option of enrolling in one elective (Secondary Piano or Chorus). Level 2 students are required to enroll in one elective of their choice. Level 3 and 4 students are required to enroll in two electives of their choice, or, if placed into Chamber Music, one elective.
Secondary Piano
Chorus
Group Composition

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CORE CURRICULUM

Private Lesson
Private instruction in the student’s area of concentration (instrument or composition) with assigned studio faculty. Instruction includes preparation for the student’s annual solo recital and jury examination. Required of all students each year. Composition students receive two private lessons, one in composition and one on their instrument. 50 minutes.

Music Theory and Ear Training
A series of courses designed to develop students' theory and ear training skills from the fundamental level through the advanced. Placement in the appropriate music theory and ear training class is determined by a written music theory assessment, completed during the student's entrance audition. Required of all students each year. 50 minutes.

Artist as Citizen Project
An independent project exploring the musician's role as leader, entrepreneur, and arts advocate. Offering an interactive performance, lecture-demonstration, or other artistic project in their local community, students experience firsthand how the arts can foster meaningful connections, strengthen community, and inspire social change. Project advisement is offered as requested. Required of all students each year.

 

CONCENTRATION-SPECIFIC COURSES

String Ensemble
Study of classic orchestral repertoire for strings. Each semester's study culminates in a performance. Required each year for all students with a concentration in violin, viola, cello, and double bass. 90 minutes.

Wind Ensemble
Study of classic concert band repertoire. Each semester's study culminates in a performance. Required each year for all students with a concentration in wind, brass, or percussion instruments. 90 minutes.

MAP Orchestra
Study of classic orchestral and symphonic repertoire. Each semester's study culminates in a performance. Required each year of all students with a concentration in violin, viola, cello, double bass, or percussion. Required of brass and wind students at the discretion of faculty and administration, based on audition. 50 minutes.

Brass Lab
Students regularly perform before faculty and their peers and receive constructive feedback. Visits by guest artists and lecturers provide further exploration of brass techniques and orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire. Required each year of all students with a concentration in trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba who are not performing with the MAP Orchestra. 50 minutes.

Woodwind Lab
Students regularly perform before faculty and their peers and receive constructive feedback. Visits by guest artists and lecturers provide further exploration of woodwind techniques and orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire. Required each year of all students with a concentration in flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon who are not performing with the MAP Orchestra. 50 minutes.

Percussion Ensemble
A study of percussion repertoire which seeks to deepen the student’s technical, ensemble, and improvisational skills. Each semester’s study culminates in a concert. Required of all Level 3 and 4 students with a concentration in percussion. Open to Level 1 and 2 percussion students at the discretion of MAP administration. 50 minutes.

Saxophone Ensemble
A study of saxophone repertoire which seeks to deepen the student’s technical, ensemble, and improvisational skills. Each semester’s study culminates in a concert. Required of all Level 3 and 4 students with a concentration in saxophone. Open to Level 1 and 2 saxophone students at the discretion of MAP administration. 50 minutes.

Composer’s Forum
A collaborative forum for students with a concentration in composition focusing on music technology and production, listening skills, music history, and orchestration. Students regularly share their works-in-progress and receive feedback. Required each year of all students with a concentration in composition. 90 minutes.

Composition Lab
A practicum for students with a concentration in composition exploring various composition techniques. Topics covered by guest artists and lecturers include writing for various instruments and for voice, career paths for composers, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Required each year of all students with a concentration in composition. 50 minutes.

Chamber Music
Coached by studio faculty and Juilliard student teaching fellows, students explore the unique skills and repertoire required to perform in small chamber ensembles (groups of 2-5 students on various instruments). Chamber groups perform twice per year. Open to all Level 3 and 4 students with an instrumental concentration except percussion, saxophone, and double bass. Placement at the discretion of faculty and administration. May be repeated. 50 minutes.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

Chorus
A vocal performance course introducing students to the fundamentals of ensemble singing. This elective offers students an additional opportunity to collaborate with their peers and strengthens students' note reading and aural skills. Each semester culminates in a concert. Open to all concentrations and levels. May be repeated. 50 minutes.

Secondary Piano
Group piano lessons that introduce the student to basic piano technique, including scales, fingerings, chords, and sight-reading. No previous piano instruction required. Open to students of all levels and concentrations except piano. One year required for students with a concentration in composition. Not recommended for students who take private piano lessons outside of MAP. May be repeated. 50 minutes.

Group Composition
An introduction to the fundamentals of music composition, including form, counterpoint, and harmony. The year concludes with a performance of students' original compositions. Required of all Level 1 students with a concentration in composition; open to all Level 3 and Level 4 students with instrumental concentrations who demonstrate sufficient skills in music theory and ear training. Eligibility is determined based on the student’s music theory placement exam. May be repeated as space permits. 50 minutes.

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