Juries and Exams
This week’s blog is about Juries and Exams! It’s finally that time of year again – Juilliard students are ready to head home for summer vacation but not before taking our final exams and performing our juries. This blog will talk about each of these and the crazy final two weeks of the semester!
Like most colleges, Juilliard students have to take finals. In most cases, you take one final per class and they can be in various forms. The majority are written tests, but a few came in the form of oral exams, ear training dictations, and for my movement class: a waltz, a tango, and a minuet. This semester I have 5 written finals, a project, a piano sonata, an acting scene, a waltz, a tango, and a minuet. It’s a little overwhelming, but some teachers spread them out for you and give their finals a week in advance. All of our teachers have been easily accessible by email and are willing to meet with you if you have problems and concerns!
For Juilliard musicians, juries are your performance finals. This is the one opportunity you get each year to sing in front of the entire voice faculty. This might seem intimidating but it’s not! The requirements are very manageable, and students who have been putting in the work throughout the year won’t fail. For second year singers, the requirements are to present four pieces: one English, one German, one Italian, and one of your choice. This is how the voice teachers get to assess your progress as a singer!
LAST TWO WEEKS!
The last two weeks of school are K-RAZY! The penultimate week of the academic year is ‘jury week’. This means that musicians do not have classes in order to prepare for finals week and juries. This is a great time to practice, study, and do any last minute things you want to do around the city! This week, the weather isn’t very nice, so I predict I’ll be spending most of my time indoors studying.