High School Music Theory and
Ear Training

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Spring 2022 Music Theory and Ear Training at Juilliard Extension

For spring 2022, Juilliard Extension invites advanced high school students to take online courses in Music Theory and Analysis and Ear Training, some of which are for college credit*. These college-level courses are intended for advanced high school musicians ages 14-18 who are interested in deepening their music theory and musicianship skills, gaining college credit, or preparing for advanced placement or college placement exams. Students must complete the online application for study in these courses.

Open Houses for students and parents will take place virtually on December 15 and 16! Registration is free and all are welcome to hear more about the courses, faculty, scheduling, and benefits of High School Music Theory and Ear Training courses at Juilliard Extension.

Virtual Open House: Ear Training for High School Students
Wednesday, December 15, at 6pm ET
Faculty: Kevin Quill
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Virtual Open House: Music Theory and Analysis for High School Students
Thursday, December 16, at 6pm ET
Faculty: Patrick Kreeger
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*NOTICE REGARDING JUILLIARD EXTENSION CREDITS: Acceptance of credits earned in Juilliard Extension classes is at the complete discretion of the institution to which the student seeks to apply them. If credits earned in Juilliard Extension courses are not accepted at the institution to which the student seeks to apply them, the student may be required to repeat some or all of the course work at the institution. Students should ensure that their Juilliard Extension course credits will be accepted by contacting the institution for confirmation.

Please note that completion of these courses does not confer alumni status, nor does it constitute acceptance in a degree program at The Juilliard School. Any student who wishes to enroll in a degree program in Juilliard’s College Division must apply, audition, and be offered admission. College applications open on September 1. Information on College application requirements can be found here.

Questions? Email us at [email protected], and a Juilliard Extension team member will get back to you promptly.

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Program Dates: January 24–April 26, 2022*

*Students may enroll in both Music Theory & Analysis and Ear Training courses at the same time, or one or the other. It is not required to take all courses at once. Students may enroll in just Music Theory & Analysis or Ear Training courses.

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Eligibility

We welcome applicants who are:

  • dedicated students with significant prior musical training;
  • in high school at the time of application. Applicants MUST have completed at least one year of high school/secondary school at the time of the program; and
  • available to participate for the duration of the course in which they are enrolled.
  • International applicants need to be based outside the United States.

Please note that international students are welcome to apply so long as they meet the above requirements. All courses will be taught in English.

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Application and Registration

The application for Music Theory & Analysis and Ear Training courses is due by 4pm ET on Tuesday, January 4. Please click here to access the online application form. There is no fee to complete an application.

Applicants will be notified of their placement via email by Monday, January 10. Registration instructions will be included in this notification email.

 


Program Details

Elements of Music Theory and Analysis: Part II
Max Morel

Credits: 0
Enrollment Fee: $1,200

Mondays and Tuesdays
January 24–April 26
5:30–7pm ET 

In this online Music Theory class, students learn the elements of music and prepare the foundation for materials discussed in later Music Theory classes. These include notation, symbols, names of notes through fixed-do solfège, clefs, key signatures, major and all three minor scales, modal scales, intervals, triads, and seventh chords as well as an introduction to four-part writing, analysis, and modulation. Students are introduced to the reading of simple scores and apply basic skills learned in class through discussion and analysis. This class requires extensive outside preparation in the completion of weekly assignments in order for students to master the skills necessary to continue in the Music Theory and Analysis sequence.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of major & minor; key signatures; constructing major & minor scales; recognizing and constructing intervals; recognizing and constructing triads; recognizing and constructing seventh chords; four-part writing from a given bass line root position (major & minor).

This is a yearlong course; students may apply to enter in either semester. Applicants who wish to join in the spring semester are contingent on midyear vacancies.

Placement application required unless pre-approved to enroll. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 4 at 4pm ET.

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Music Theory and Analysis I: Diatonic Harmony
Max Morel

Credits: 3
Enrollment Fee: $1,745

Mondays and Tuesdays
January 24–April 26
7–8:30pm ET

This online music theory course provides an introduction to the theory and analysis of tonal music, and entering students are expected to be familiar with musical fundamentals. After a brief review to establish facility and speed in naming and spelling basic tonal materials, the course introduces species counterpoint, diatonic harmony, and the composition and analysis of idiomatic musical phrases typical of the Baroque and Classical styles.

Prerequisite: Elements of Music Theory and Analysis, or equivalent. 

Placement application required unless pre-approved to enroll. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 4 at 4pm ET.

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Music Theory and Analysis II: Principles of Form
Max Morel

Credits: 3
Enrollment Fee: $1,745

Wednesdays and Thursdays
January 26–April 28
7–8:30pm ET

This online music theory class examines principles of formal structure from the smallest phrase units to complete movements in binary and da capo forms. These principles are illuminated through the analysis of examples drawn from music literature of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as through model-composition assignments. Prerequisite: Music Theory and Analysis I, or equivalent.

Prerequisite: Music Theory and Analysis I, or equivalent.

Placement application required unless pre-approved to enroll. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 4 at 4pm ET.

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Music Theory and Analysis III: Chromatic Harmony and Analysis
Nathan See

Credits: 3
Enrollment Fee: $1,745

Thursdays
January 27-April 28
5:30-8:30pm ET

This online music theory course introduces large-scale forms (sonata form, rondo, and ternary) as well as principles of chromatic harmony. An emphasis is placed on the expressive meaning of chromatic harmonies and on the use of chromatic features in complete movements. Analytical and model-composition projects draw from the Classical repertoire (especially sonata forms) and representative, early 19th-century genres (such as Lieder and character pieces).

Prerequisite: Music Theory and Analysis II, or equivalent.

Placement application required unless pre-approved to enroll. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 4 at 4pm ET.

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Introduction to Ear Training
Kevin Quill

Credits: 0
Enrollment Fee: $800

Mondays
January 24–April 25
7–9pm ET

A basic preliminary online ear training class for students who have had prior musical training but require an accelerated review of the elements of music before going on to Ear Training I. In this class, the students will study fixed-do solfège, scale singing, interval singing, interval recognition, rhythmic exercises, and melodic dictations. Students will also study sight-singing, clefs, key signatures, and the circle of fifths.

Prerequisite: Knowledge of musical notation; treble & bass clefs; major & minor scales; major & minor key signatures; time signatures.

This is a yearlong course; students may apply to enter in either semester. Applicants who wish to join in the spring semester are contingent on midyear vacancies.

Placement application required unless pre-approved to enroll. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 4 at 4pm ET.

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Ear Training I: Part II
Kevin Quill

Credits: 2
Enrollment Fee: $1,165

Tuesdays
January 25–April 26
7–9pm ET

Ear Training I introduces a variety of fundamental concepts while setting students on a path toward mastery of the skills required to achieve a high level of musicianship. This online ear training course is highly interactive and challenges students to build their skills through a series of dictations and performance-based recitations. Upon completion of parts I and II, students will be fluent in treble and bass clefs, fixed-do solfège, and all diatonic intervals and triads, and will be able to perform rhythms in a variety of meters and subdivisions. Students also gain experience with sight singing and melodic dictation.

Prerequisite: Ear Training I: Part I, or equivalent; working knowledge of the treble and bass clefs, knowledge of all major and minor key signatures, ability to sing major scales and the three forms of minor scales, ability to identify and sing all diatonic intervals spanning from the Minor Second to the Perfect Fifth (excluding tritones), ability to read and perform rhythms with divisions of the beat in two, three, and four equal parts. A basic familiarity with fixed-do solfège is highly recommended.

This is a yearlong course; students may apply to enter in either semester. Applicants who wish to join in the spring semester are contingent on midyear vacancies.

Placement application required unless pre-approved to enroll. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 4 at 4pm ET.

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Financial Aid

Juilliard Extension is a nonmatriculating, nondegree program within The Juilliard School. We do not offer scholarships or federal or state funding.

 


Withdrawals and Refunds

Students who wish to withdraw from a course must send an email to [email protected]. No telephone requests for withdrawals will be accepted. Ceasing to attend a class or notifying the instructor does not constitute an official withdrawal. Cancellation of payment does not constitute withdrawal or reduce the financial obligations to Juilliard. A $25 fee will be charged for returned and stop-payment checks.

Withdrawal from class does not necessarily entitle a student to a refund or to a cancellation of tuition still due. Refunds are computed from the day on which written notice of withdrawal is received and are issued as follows:

100 percent tuition refunded
for withdrawals submitted prior to the first day of class

75 percent tuition refunded
for withdrawals submitted after the first class

50 percent tuition refunded
for withdrawals submitted after the second class

No refunds issued
for withdrawals after the third class

Juilliard reserves the right to ask, at its discretion, a student to withdraw from a class if he or she causes a disruption to a class, to an instructor, or to a Juilliard staff member. Disruptive behavior may be grounds for the school to deny enrollment in subsequent Juilliard Extension courses and/or access to the Juilliard building. Please see the Juilliard Extension Student Handbook for the Code of Conduct and other school and divisional policies.

 


Grading

Students will receive a final grade upon completion of the course. If they receive a passing grade, they will earn credits for the course. A transcript will become available with the student’s final grades once issued by the instructor. Please click here to order a Juilliard Extension transcript.