Juilliard’s Flagship Continuing Education Program, The Evening Division, Undergoes Expansion; Renamed Juilliard Extension

SBO Staff • News • August 19, 2021

Courses Now Offered Include In-Person Classes, Remote Learning, and College Credit-Bearing Courses for High School Students

Juilliard faculty member Mark Delpriora will teach group guitar lessons through Juilliard Extension. Photo by Claudio Papapietro

The Juilliard School’s Evening Division has been renamed Juilliard Extension in tandem with an expansion of program offerings which has broadened during the pandemic and will be offered both in person and online. Taught by Juilliard’s distinguished faculty of performers, creators, and scholars, Juilliard Extension will continue to offer students nonmatriculated education and experiences, including the opportunity to advance technical and professional skills, earn college credit, and expand their horizons in the performing arts.
The name “extension” marks a return to the historic name for the flagship continuing education program. Juilliard’s first extension classes were offered in 1905, and the school has consistently offered classes for the general public since then. Operating as Juilliard’s Evening Division since 1989, the program has experienced steady growth in recent years with many courses over-subscribed. The popularity of these courses has only grown during the pandemic as the school pivoted to online teaching and learning. Evening Division students range from performing arts professionals to arts educators and enthusiasts, and span from teenagers to octogenarians.

“The expansion of Juilliard’s lifelong learning program is tremendously exciting” said Juilliard’s president, Damian Woetzel. “Juilliard Extension will happily increase opportunities both in person and online for artistic practice and the deepening of knowledge on the highest level, reflecting and sharing in new ways the excellence in education that is Juilliard’s unique legacy.”
This September, Juilliard Extension will embrace the global inclusivity that is possible with online education and will offer significantly expanded options for online as well as in-person learning. The pandemic catalyzed the addition of online instruction and spurred innovation in pedagogy. During this time, students from around the world were able to enroll in the division’s first-ever online courses. That demand continues to grow as physical location is no longer a barrier, and learning is offered in increasingly flexible formats.

Laurie Goldman, a current student, said, “I look forward to connecting with my piano classmates and teacher every week, to hear everyone play and to improve what I am working on. It’s a wonderful community and I’m amazed by how well we’ve all adapted to continue to learn together.”
“Curiosity is the sister to creativity,” said John-Morgan Bush, Juilliard’s director of lifelong learning. “That is what Juilliard Extension is about. By channeling their curiosity into high quality educational experiences, our students can participate in the performing arts in untold ways—wherever they may be.”

New courses for the fall include:

  • Music Theory and Ear Training Classes, online for high school students
  • Scene Study: Group Acting Class, taught in person
  • Ballet Fundamentals and Beyond, in-person at the Glorya Kaufman Dance Studio
  • Elementary Guitar Class, for adult beginners, in person
  • Dance This Season, online or in person
  • Mahler’s New York, online or in person
  • Bach’s Majestic Mass in B Minor, online or in person
  • French Piano Music of the 20th Century: From Debussy to Dutilleux, online or in-person
  • Practical Orchestration and Arranging for Film and TV, online

To register for this fall’s Juilliard Extension courses, visit juilliard.edu/extension or send an email to extension@juilliard.edu.

About Juilliard Extension
Juilliard Extension is Juilliard’s flagship continuing education program and serves as a place of creativity, innovation, and boundless opportunity for participating in the performing arts. No matter a student’s background, age, ability, or location, Juilliard Extension invites everyone to take part in this vibrant community of experts and enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Juilliard’s nonmatriculated, continuing education program first began in 1905, when music lessons were offered to qualified students through the Extension program at the Institute of Musical Art, the predecessor institution of The Juilliard School. The program grew, and in 1933 began to operate as the Extension Division before being renamed as the Evening Division in 1989. In 2021, the program returns to its original name, and will now be known as Juilliard Extension.

Today, more than 800 students enroll each semester in popular classes taught by Juilliard’s distinguished faculty of performers, creators, and scholars. Juilliard Extension offers a wealth of courses to advance technical and professional skills, earn college credit, and expand an individual’s horizons in the performing arts.

About The Juilliard School
Founded in 1905, The Juilliard School is a world leader in performing arts education. The school’s mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education for gifted musicians, dancers, and actors, composers, choreographers, and playwrights from around the world so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens. Located at Lincoln Center in New York City, Juilliard offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in dance, drama (acting and playwriting), and music (classical, jazz, historical performance, and vocal arts). Currently more than 800 artists from 43 states and 44 countries and regions are enrolled in Juilliard’s College Division, where they appear in more than 700 annual performances in the school’s five theaters; at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and David Geffen halls and at Carnegie Hall; as well as at other venues around New York City, the country, and the world. The continuum of learning at Juilliard also includes nearly 400 students from elementary through high school enrolled in the Preparatory Division, and more than 800 students are enrolled in Juilliard Extension. Beyond its New York campus, Juilliard is defining new directions in global performing arts education for a range of learners and enthusiasts through The Tianjin Juilliard School and K-12 educational curricula.

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