Music Theory and Ear Training for High School Students
High school-age students from around the world are invited to take college-level classes at Juilliard Extension in Ear Training and Music Theory and Analysis. Our courses are open to students ages 14-18 and range in level from fundamental concepts to advanced training.
All ear training and music theory classes will be taught online. Classes will meet once per week, and students should be prepared for additional coursework outside of class hours.
Music theory and ear training classes are designed for students interested in deepening their musical skills. Classes are structured to increase students’ proficiency in music with additional course options to prepare for Advanced Placement exams. Select courses are also available for eligible students to earn college credit.
If you are a parent or student, you are invited to come to our virtual Informational Open House on Wed, December 14 at 8pm ET. This open house is a great opportunity to learn more about Juilliard Extension's college-level classes for high school students. We will review the application/registration process, provide a brief demo of the curriculum which will be presented by our faculty, and answer all questions throughout the hour.
Watch our recent open houses and sample lessons. (password: extension)
Application, Placement, and Tuition
The application is open to all students 14-18 years old.
Students must complete individual applications for music theory and ear training.
Application deadline: Monday, January 9, 2023, at 5pm ET.
Class placement will be determined based on student’s background and class availability.
Placement letters will be sent by email with instructions on how to finalize registration and pay tuition.
Spring 2023 Courses
JANUARY 28–APRIL 30
All music theory and ear training classes for high school students will be taught online. In order to be placed into a class, students are required to complete an online application form. Application deadline is Monday, January 9, 2023 at 5pm ET.
We understand schedules can get busy. Our classes meet once per week with multiple section times available to accommodate your schedule.
- For Credit Courses: Attendance is required for all class sessions. If students are unable to attend class, they must notify their instructor with as much notice as possible, and they will be required to make up all coursework. Class recordings will be made available in the event of an absence.
- For Noncredit Courses: Attendance is strongly encouraged but not required. If students need to miss a class, they will be able to access the class recording on their own time to ensure they do not fall behind.
Music Theory & Analysis Courses
Elements of Music Theory and Analysis(EVDIV-011)
Section – EVDIV 11/02
Saturdays, 2:30-5:30pm ET
This course is appropriate for students who are in the early stages of learning music. In this online music theory class, students explore the elements of music and prepare for more advanced music theory studies. These include notation, symbols, 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 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.
Music Theory and Analysis I (EVCRT 111)
Prerequisites: Elements of Music Theory and Analysis, or placement by application
Credits: 3 credits
Section – EVCRT 111/02
Sundays, 2:30-5:30pm 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 musical phrases typical of the Baroque and Classical styles.
*Students placed into Music Theory and Analysis I can decide whether they’d like to register to take this class for credit or not for credit. Students taking this class for credit will receive grades on assignments and a final grade. These students are also eligible to receive a transcript. Those deciding to take this class not-for-credit will not receive grades on assignments or a final grade. These students will not be eligible to receive a transcript. Please see the attendance policy above regarding class participation.
Music Theory and Analysis II (EVCRT-211)
Prerequisites: Music Theory and Analysis I, or placement by application
Credits: 3 credits
Section – EVCRT 211/02
Saturdays, 10am-1pm 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 explained through the analysis of examples drawn from music literature of the 18th and 19th centuries as well as through model-composition assignments.
*Students placed into Music Theory and Analysis II can decide whether they’d like to register to take this class for credit or not for credit. Students taking this class for credit will receive grades on assignments and a final grade. These students are also eligible to receive a transcript. Those deciding to take this class not-for-credit will not receive grades on assignments nor a final grade. These students will not be eligible to receive a transcript. Please see the attendance policy above regarding class participation.
Ear Training Courses
Introduction to Ear Training (EVDIV 52)
Prerequisites: Elements of Music Theory and Analysis
Section – EVDIV 52/02
Sundays, 10am-12pm ET
This is a basic preliminary online ear training course for students who have had prior musical training but require an accelerated review of the elements of music before moving on to Ear Training I. In this highly interactive class, students will focus on building their aural skills by learning to produce and identify various musical elements by ear. The covered topics include fixed-do solfège, key signatures, clef reading, scale singing, interval singing, sight singing, rhythmic exercises, and melodic dictations. In addition to studying these topics during class, students will need to prepare for weekly performance-based recitations outside of class.
Ear Training I (Part I) (EVCRT-121)
Prerequisites: Introduction to Ear Training, or placement by application
Section – EVCRT 121/01
Sundays, 2-4pm ET
Ear Training I (Part II) (EVCRT 122)
Prerequisites: Ear Training I (Part I), or placement by application
Section – EVCRT 122/01
Saturdays, 2-4pm 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. The overarching goal of this highly interactive online course is to help students achieve a deep understanding of sound as it functions in music. Upon successful completion of parts I and II, students will be fluent in fixed-do solfège, the treble and bass clefs, all diatonic intervals and triads, and will be able to perform rhythms in a variety of meters and subdivisions. Students will also gain experience with sight singing and dictation. In addition to studying the covered topics during class, students will need to prepare for weekly performance-based recitations outside of class.
This course is presented in two parts. Students may enter Part I or II at any time based on placement applications.
In order to be placed into a class, students are required to complete an online application form. Applications are processed in the order they are received and placement is subject to availability. Application deadline is Monday, January 9, 2023 at 5pm ET.
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 in advance that their Juilliard Extension course credits will be accepted by contacting the institution for confirmation.
Juilliard Extension is a nonmatriculating, nondegree program within The Juilliard School. We do not offer scholarships or federal or state funding.
Payment plans are offered on a case-by-case basis and at the sole discretion of the Juilliard Extension office. Please contact the Extension office to find out more about payment plan options at [email protected].
Withdrawals and Refunds
Students who wish to withdraw from a course must email [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
Students taking courses for credit will receive a final grade upon completion of the class. 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. Transcripts are not available for noncredit courses. Instructions to order a Juilliard Extension transcript.
Please see the Juilliard Extension Student Handbook for the Code of Conduct and other school and divisional policies.
All courses will operate through Canvas, Juilliard’s Online Learning Management system. Canvas is where you will be able to access your course information, Zoom meetings (for online courses), handouts, assignments, and additional resources. Whether you are in-person or online, you will have access to and will likely need to use Canvas.
To access Canvas, log into your Okta account. Your Okta account username is your primary email address. Once logged in, click the Canvas tile to automatically redirect into the platform. After entering Canvas, the courses in which you are enrolled will appear on the dashboard. Your courses will be published one week prior to the first class. Your instructors may contact you with more detailed information specific to your course(s) closer to the first sessions.
John-Morgan Bush, Dean of Juilliard Extension
Dan Vesey, Enrollment and Engagement Lead
Aline Venditti, Operations Lead
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Room 228
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-5000, ext. 273