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Juillard School launches online courses

Juillard School launches online courses

In 1920, textile merchant Augustus D. Juilliard bequeathed a large amount of money for the advancement of music in the United States. The Juilliard Foundation led to the creation of the Juilliard School in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, New York City. It is now the most prestigious music school in the world. Competition for admissions is fierce: in 2012, 2,657 undergraduate applications were received by the School and 191 were accepted. Tuition fees are $48,670 per school year.

So it should be of great interest to the majority of musicians who can’t get into Juillard that the hyper-prestigious School has announced a series of online ‘Open Classroom’ courses to bring some of the Juillard magic to the masses.

They are short 6-week internet-based Performing Arts courses focusing on topics such as Conquering Performance Anxiety, Sharpening Your Piano Artistry and How to Listen to Great Music for Orchestra. Upon completion students get a Statement of Accomplishment – and it will look good on their wall with the Juilliard insignia on it. It’s not a degree, but it carries the cachet of the great School and will grace any musician’s resume.

‘In the past, performing arts education was something that happened on college campuses, in private studios, or in concert halls,’ Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi has told The Violin Channel.

‘Without changing our on-campus curriculum, Open Classroom will allow us to expand the reach and impact of our educational programmes, giving students of drama, music, and dance around the globe the opportunity to develop their craft and to understand the inner workings of great works of art under the guidance of some of the world’s greatest performing arts educators.’

The online courses will include a video-sharing platform allowing students to form interactive real-time practice groups and virtual orchestras. Rather than attempting to teach the technical parts of the coveted Juillard undergraduate curriculum, these courses provide training in psychological skills to master performance nerves, tips on improving the expressiveness of musical performances, and music appreciation skills for a global audience of musicians of all levels. 2017 courses begin in May and June.