Juilliard Jazz | A Day in the Life
Saxophonist Alexa Tarantino shares her typical day at Juilliard: rehearsals, classes, and a performance at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.
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Jazz students at Juilliard have a variety of opportunities to perform, both on and off campus. Ensembles regularly perform in informal concerts for the Juilliard community in room 340, and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and Ensembles play with renowned guest artists in all of Juilliard's venues. Ensembles also perform at New York City jazz venues, including the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as embarking on international tours.
The Music Division’s main areas of classroom instruction—Ear Training, Music Theory and Analysis, Music History, and Keyboard Studies—complement your private lessons and performance experiences to broaden your understanding of the foundations of music and to provide a context for the music literature you study and perform. Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts equips students with skills to compose and perform music using new technology, and offers hands-on experience with state of the art equipment.
Whatever your discipline, your development as an artist will be deepened by a foundation in the liberal arts, which provides the humanistic, ethical, social, critical, and aesthetic background essential to personal development and professional excellence. All undergraduate degree students take classes in literature, philosophy, history, social sciences, arts, and languages – studies that will help you develop a deeper understanding of yourself and the complex world in which you live. Through your coursework in liberal arts, you will refine your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking, and learn to communicate with greater clarity and effectiveness.
In the changing cultural landscape, performers must think more creatively about their careers than ever. While some pursue positions in traditional settings, others are exploring new ways to create opportunities that are both creatively satisfying and financially sustainable. The Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship encourages leadership, initiative, and entrepreneurial thinking, enabling young performing artists to develop a more expansive view of success in the 21st century. It teaches students the skills essential for success in today’s entrepreneurial environment, with workshops in public speaking and business planning, panel discussions with industry leaders, and entrepreneurship residencies. It also facilitates more than 450 freelance performance opportunities for Juilliard students.
New Jazz Vocalist Program Ramps Up
Next fall, Juilliard will welcome jazz vocalists as master’s degree students, which is exciting news and a natural progression for Jazz Studies