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Program and Course Descriptions

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Overview

The Music Advancement Program is a Saturday instrument instruction program for highly talented children from backgrounds under-represented in American performing arts. For the past 20 years, MAP has served as an essential bridge to higher levels of musicianship, cultural participation, and personal growth for hundreds of young students.

Eligible students must be between the ages of 8 and 14, reside in the tristate area (NY, NJ, CT), and have played their instrument for at least two years.

MAP offers four levels of study ranging from intermediate (Level 1) to advanced (Level 4). All students receive private or semi-private lessons on violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, percussion, guitar, or piano. They also participate in small and large ensembles and chamber music groups, and take courses in music theory, ear training, performance skills, and audition preparation.

Lessons and classes take place at Juilliard on Saturdays during the school year, September through May, for four to six hours between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (including lunch). Students who do not have access to their own instruments are loaned instruments by The Juilliard School.

The MAP faculty includes Juilliard alumni, current Juilliard student teaching fellows, and other accomplished professionals who make a special effort to develop one-on-one relationships with their students. This unique bond provides students with encouragement and support to develop the discipline and skills needed to continue their training at a more advanced level. Visits by various guest artists and ensembles further inspire MAP students in their musical endeavors through interactive, free-of-charge performances presented at Juilliard.

Who We Serve

MAP serves students from across the tristate area, offering a comprehensive curriculum for intermediate and advanced level students who wish to pursue rigorous musical study. MAP also serves students’ families, providing education workshops on diverse topics, information about various concert opportunities, and a literacy program for younger children. Starting where most school instrumental programs must end, MAP supports school music teachers as well, building upon their work and motivating students to excel in all their endeavors.

Alumni from the program have gone on to study successfully in community music schools, pre-college programs, conservatories, and universities. Many have chosen music education as their passion, while others have become professional musicians in various musical styles. All alumni have been equipped with quality musical experiences that empower them to become advocates in their communities for the value of the arts.

The Music Advancement Program is administered by Juilliard's Office of Educational Outreach.

The Music Advancement Program is generously supported through an endowed gift in memory of Carl K. Heyman.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

This curriculum is subject to change by program administration at any time.

Level 1 (intermediate)

  • Individual Private Lesson: Private lessons featuring instruction by assigned studio faculty, with a goal of strengthening the student's technical foundation. The studio faculty also serves as a mentor to assigned students. (Mentoring includes weekly calls to the students' homes and occasional outings to musical events.)
  • Music Theory & 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 & ear training class is determined by a written music theory assessment, completed during the student's entrance audition.
  • Performance Ensemble (Orchestra, Piano Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, or Saxophone Ensemble): Ensembles offer students the opportunity to play in an orchestra or band-like setting, or to perform classic repertoire for piano, guitar, or saxophone. Each semester's study culminates in a concert.
  • Workshop: An introduction to the skills and expectations required of a serious music student. Through hands-on activities, group discussion, and guest performances and lectures, students explore what it means to be a musician and the skills necessary to advance to a higher level of study and musical expression.
  • Elective (optional): Enrollment in an elective is optional for Level 1 students. Student may choose one of the two offerings below.
    • 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 levels.
    • 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 instruments except those majoring in Piano. Not recommended for students who take private piano lessons outside of MAP.

Level 2 (intermediate)

  • Individual Private Lesson: Private lessons featuring instruction by assigned studio faculty, building upon the technical foundations established in the student's previous training. The studio faculty also serves as a mentor to assigned students. (Mentoring includes weekly calls to the students' homes and occasional outings to musical events.)
  • Music Theory & Ear Training: See above.
  • Performance Ensemble: See above.
  • Workshop: See above.
  • Elective:
    • Chorus (see above); or
    • Secondary Piano (see above); or
    • Intro to Jazz: An introductory course exploring the basics of jazz history, theory, improvisation, and performance. Open to Level 2 saxophone students and Level 3 and Level 4 students on all instruments.

Level 3 (high intermediate to advanced)

  • Individual Private Lesson: Private lessons featuring instruction by assigned studio faculty. The studio faculty also serves as a mentor to assigned students. (Mentoring includes weekly calls to the students' homes and occasional outings to musical events.)
  • Music Theory & Ear Training: See above.
  • Performance Ensemble: See above.
  • 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).
  • Performance Practicum: An introduction to the culture and rigor of advanced-level music study. Topics covered through guest performances and lectures may include practice, performance, and audition skills; how to set realistic goals; the musician's role in society; and others. Students regularly perform before faculty and their peers and receive constructive feedback.
  • Elective:
    • Chorus (see above); or
    • Secondary Piano (see above); or
    • Intro to Jazz (see above); or
    • Composition: An introduction to the fundamentals of music composition, including form, counterpoint, and harmony. The year concludes with a performance of students' original compositions. Open to Level 3 and Level 4 students with sufficient skills in music theory and ear training. Eligibility is determined based on the student’s music theory placement exam.

Level 4 (advanced)

  • Individual Private Lesson: Private lessons featuring instruction by assigned studio faculty, with a goal of preparing the student for a successful audition for an advanced music preparatory program. The studio faculty also serves as a mentor to assigned students. (Mentoring includes weekly calls to the students' homes and occasional outings to musical events.)
  • Music Theory & Ear Training: See above.
  • Performance Ensemble: See above.
  • Chamber Music: See above.
  • Performance Practicum: See above.
  • Elective:
    • Chorus (see above); or
    • Secondary Piano (see above); or
    • Intro to Jazz (see above); or
    • Compostion (see above)

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