Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Music

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Jazz Studies, B.M. Bachelor of Music

    • Major Studies
    • Performance Ensembles
      • 2 credits
        PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
        2 credits Full Year James Burton

        Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

      • 4 credits
        PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

    • Music Departmental Studies
      • 4 credits
        ETMUS 111-2 — Ear Training I
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Practice of harmonic and melodic intervals to the octave. Rhythm performance and dictation in simple and compound meters, with divisions of two through eight to the beat. Reading of treble and bass clefs using fixed Do solfège. One-part melodic dictation and qualities of triads.

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 111J — Jazz Theory I: Melody, Rhythm and Harmony
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        This course introduces an understanding of melodic structure, rhythmic grooves, and harmony as written and performed in jazz. After a review of music fundamentals, primary chord/scale relationships, and notation basics, with which students will be expected to demonstrate fluency, students will learn melodic construction, rhythmic principles, and harmonic progressions key to the development of jazz. Source material will include hymns, work songs, spiritual, marches, blues, and Appalachian music. Music terminology and concepts will be introduced and the composition of monophonic as well as simple polyphonic musical phrases will be assigned.

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 211J — Jazz Theory II: World Melody & Rhythm
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: THMUS 111J This course expands the study of melody, rhythm, and harmony to include idiomatic principles from Africa, South America, and Asia present in jazz. Students will learn to distinguish musical song forms and the unique geographic characteristics of melodies, rhythms, and harmonic progressions. Further music terminology and concepts will be introduced, and the composition and arrangement of monophonic as well as simple polyphonic pieces will be assigned.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 111J — Jazz History I
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        A four-course sequence covering the origins and development of jazz music and an introduction to its major contributors as well as the exploration of musical and social issues associated with the genre. This first course aligns the early history of the United States, with particular focus on the 1820s through the 1920s, with the early developments of jazz, noting composer/performers such as Louis Gottschalk, Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, W.C. Handy, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. The impact of technology, the developing economy, and the movement of people around the United States on jazz music will be explored.

    • Specialized Studies
      • 1 credit per term
        JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
        1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

        A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

      • 1 credit per term
        KSMUS 540J — Jazz Piano I for Non-Pianists
        1 credit per term Fall, Spring Frank Kimbrough

        Designed to provide the non-pianist jazz musician with the basic proficiency necessary to utilize the piano as an aid to composition, arranging, and improvisation. Basics of piano technique, including scales, fingerings, arpeggios, hand position, touch, and sight-reading. Harmonic progressions and voicings will be studied in the context of the standard jazz repertoire.

    • Liberal Arts
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 111 — Ethics - Conscience and the Good Life
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: LARTS 101-2. Students read and discuss works of ethicists, philosophers, religious figures, and literary authors on the nature of the ethical life. Students will be encouraged to think critically about personal responsibility, responsibilities to others, the good life, the problem of evil, and human nature. Authors and traditions that may be included: Classical Greek and Roman, Buddhism, Taoism, the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, Hume, Kant, Utilitarianism, Mary Shelley, and Shakespeare, as well as contemporary readings that address the ethical questions arising in a scientific, technological and global age.

      • 3 credits
        LARTS 112 — Society, Politics, and Culture
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        This course is an introduction to the seminal issues, methods, and traditions that inform historical and contemporary conceptions of politics, society, and culture. Drawing from classical to contemporary readings in political theory, philosophy, the social sciences, literature, and gender studies, the course encourages students to explore such topics as why people live in society; how social life influences personhood; how society regulates and institutionalizes power and authority; and how societies are transformed. Authors who may be included are Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Marx, Mill, Wollstonecraft, and Woolf.

    Total Credits 1st Year: 37-41

    • Major Studies
    • Performance Ensembles
      • 2 credits
        PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
        2 credits Full Year James Burton

        Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

      • 4 credits
        PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

    • Music Departmental Studies
      • 4 credits
        ETMUS 211-2 — Ear Training II
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Prerequisite: ETMUS 111-2. Reading in treble, bass, soprano, alto, and tenor clefs. Playing and singing simultaneously using two or three of the five clefs. Singing triads and dominant sevenths in all inversions up and down. Identification of isolated triads and dominant sevenths in four parts and identification of triads in root position and inversions in traditional harmonic progressions. Two-part melodic dictation in various clefs with implied harmony. Further rhythmic study, including basic polyrhythms.

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 311J — Jazz Theory III: Chromatic Harmony
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: THMUS 211J. This course explores chromatic harmony and melodic principles, and advanced rhythmic concepts prevalent in mid- to late-20th-century jazz compositions by composers such as Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and others. This study will be applied to writing assignments that demonstrate students' knowledge of arranging techniques from specific periods of jazz.

      • 3 credits
        THMUS 411J — Jazz Theory IV: Form
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: THMUS 311J. This course examines general principles of formal structure including phrase length, order of phrases, sections, movements in absolute and program music as well as common forms prevalent in jazz. Analysis of song forms and larger scale works, including repertoire performed by the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, will be assigned.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 211J — Jazz History II
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: MHMUS 111J. A course covering the origins and development of jazz music and an introduction to its major contributors as well as the exploration of musical and social issues associated with jazz. This course continues a review of the major developments in the United States with the many styles of jazz prevalent from approximately 1930 to 1970. The impact of the Great Depression, musical theater, black-owned record labels, the civil rights movement, as well as the music of artists such as Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Paul Whiteman, Count Basie, Louis Jordan, Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Charles Mingus will be studied.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 311J — Jazz History III
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: MHMUS 211J. This course builds upon the previous Jazz History courses, exploring the political and social environment as well as the music and musicians of critical eras in jazz music. It examines the international relationships within the history of jazz, such as the major contributors born outside the United States, and the impact that radio, recordings, film, and State Department and other tours had on the proliferation of jazz around the world. 

    • Specialized Studies
      • 1 credit per term
        JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
        1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

        A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

      • 1 credit per semester
        KSMUS 542J — Jazz Piano II for Non-Pianists
        1 credit per semester Fall, Spring Frank Kimbrough

        Prerequisite: KSMUS 540J. A continuation of Jazz Piano I for Non-Pianists. Designed to provide the non-pianist jazz musician with the basic proficiency necessary to utilize the piano as an aid to composition, arranging, and improvisation. Basics of piano technique, including scales, fingerings, arpeggios, hand position, touch, and sight-reading. Harmonic progressions and voicings will be studied in the context of the standard jazz repertoire.

      • 4 credits
        JZMUS 541-2 — Jazz Improvisation I, II
        4 credits Full year Faculty

        A workshop teaching the different concepts of improvising by listening to and studying the solos of the great improvisers throughout the history of jazz, placing an emphasis on the importance of hearing in improvisation and development of an individual sound.

    • Liberal Arts
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 212 — Citizenship, Art, and Politics
        3 credits Fall, Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: LARTS 112From the moment that creators share their work with the public, these works take on new meanings. Students enrolled in Citizenship, Art, and Politics will consider problems of abiding interest and frequent disagreement: Who gets to decide what is art, and what sort of conclusions have been reached? When appraising a performance, should audiences take an artist's personal qualities into account? Are artists obligated to consider for whom a performance is given, or where it is performed, or should artists simply focus on the performance itself? What are governments' interests in creative expression? During times of social or political conflict, what are the limits and possibilities of cultural diplomacy?

         

    Total Credits 2nd Year: 44-46

    • Major Studies
    • Performance Ensembles
      • 2 credits
        PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
        2 credits Full Year James Burton

        Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

      • 4 credits
        PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

    • Music Departmental Studies
      • 3 credits
        JZMUS 411 — Introduction to Jazz Arranging and Orchestration
        3 credits Fall Andy Farber

        This course is designed to present and develop basic skills of arranging and orchestration in the context of small jazz ensembles. Students will learn notation skills from traditional paper and pencil to current computer notation software programs. In addition, the aesthetic purposes of arranging and orchestration, and the basic techniques therein will be discussed. Students will listen to seminal recordings that model their upcoming writing assignments. Those assignments may include transcribing, writing original lead sheet arrangements, and orchestrating arrangements that develop re-harmonization and counterpoint skills.

      • 3 credits
        JZMUS 412 — Jazz Arranging and Composition
        3 credits Spring Andy Farber

        This course is designed to further develop skills of arranging and orchestration and introduce composition practices in the context of small to medium size jazz ensembles. Students will discuss aesthetic principles in composition and write and record original compositions that incorporate a varied number and mixture of front lines horns, motivic development, and considerations of form.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 211 — From 1700 to 1850
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: MHMUS 111. The second semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for sophomores. Topics to include the Late Baroque era, music of the French court, Baroque concerto and opera, the rise of instrumental music, Classicism and the First Viennese School, the French Revolution, Romanticism in France and Germany, songs and piano music, Romantic opera before Wagner.

      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 311 — From 1850 to the Present
        3 credits Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: MHMUS 211. The third semester of a three-semester study of the history of music, designed for sophomores. Topics to include operas of Verdi and Wagner, Late Romanticism and Post-Romanticism, the rise of Modernism, French Impressionism, the Second Viennese School, new styles and "isms" of the 20th century, jazz and popular music in the concert hall, world wars and the Cold War, avant-gardism, music in the 21st century.

    • Specialized Studies
      • 1 credit per term
        JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
        1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

        A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

      • 2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students
        JZMUS 510 — Jazz Business I
        2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students Fall Faculty

        This course provides a comprehensive survey of the functional business areas in jazz including production, marketing, finance, development, touring, and education. The class is team-taught by key administrative staff from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

      • 2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students
        JZMUS 511 — Jazz Business II
        2 credits, 0 credit for Graduate students Spring Faculty

        Prerequisite: JZMUS 510. This course builds upon the conceptual foundation provided in the fall course and moves to project-based assignments where students engage with the key challenges of managing a jazz ensemble or organization, including marketing, interdisciplinary collaboration, production, and funding models. The class is team-taught by key administrative staff from Jazz at Lincoln Center.

      • 1 credit
        JZMUS 321 — Jazz Seminar
        1 credit Spring Faculty

        This course guides students in developing a set of practical skills around presenting effective performances. Students will study and create practical concert programs for various ensembles and venues, review basic conducting patterns, discuss rehearsal techniques, and explore ways to position their compositions appropriately within concert programs. They will draft their graduation recitals as part of their final assignment for the class.

    • Liberal Arts

    Total Credits 3rd Year: 40

    • Major Studies
    • Performance Ensembles
      • 2 credits
        PFENS J511-2 — Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
        2 credits Full Year James Burton

        Performance of the big-band repertoire from the early works of jazz to newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard, Lincoln Center, venues around the greater New York area, as well as an annual tour.

      • 4 credits
        PFENS J521-2 — Jazz Ensemble
        4 credits Full Year Faculty

        Performance of the repertoire of small jazz ensembles from early New Orleans music to the present, including newly composed works from established as well as emerging composers. Public concerts at Juilliard and venues in Utah, Costa Rica, Spain, Japan, and Korea, to name a few.

    • Music Departmental Studies
      • 3 credits
        MHMUS 411J — Jazz History IV
        3 credits Fall Faculty

        Prerequisite: MHMUS 311J. This course builds upon the previous Jazz History courses, exploring the political and social environment as well as the music and musicians of critical eras in jazz. This final course in the sequence examines modern jazz history from 1980 to the present with a focus on identifying the many current streams in the genre. Students will be challenged to envision their desired place in jazz 20 years from today based on their developing artistic vision, their current mission statements, and their view of 21st-century society.

    • Specialized Studies
      • 1 credit per term
        JZMUS 500 — Creative Ideas
        1 credit per term Full Year Faculty and Guests

        A departmental practicum where students gain experience in performance, presentation, and professional development through studio classes, lectures, and master classes with guest artists and Juilliard Jazz faculty. Attendance required of all Jazz majors.

      • 0 credit
        JZMUS 421 — The Jazz Community Project
        0 credit Fall Faculty

        This course helps students to understand the many important roles within the jazz community and to develop and implement meaningful and mutually beneficial projects. These may include mini-internships, performances, and teaching opportunities that connect students with the larger jazz community. A completed Jazz Community Project is the final required assignment.

    • Liberal Arts

    Total Credits 4th Year: 33

    • * Two years of Jazz Piano required of all non-keyboard majors.

      Drummers and Saxophone students are required to take doubles classes (JZMUS R001, JZMUS R002 ) in addition to major lessons.

      **Creative Ideas (JZMUS 500). Undergraduate students are required to attend this course for 7 semesters for a total of 7 credits.

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