Looking back…some wisdom from our 1st-years

by members of Juilliard’s 1st-year class

We recently asked some of our first year students to offer some words of wisdom to our Blog readers.  We said to them:

What is one piece of advice you would give to current applicants to your major, or one thing that you wish you had known as you began your application?

And here’s how they responded:

Try your best to not over stress about the process and auditions. Do your best work and try to relax. K.S. Dance

Choose a monologue that makes you feel special. Because if it doesn’t make you feel special, you won’t appear all that special. R.S. Drama

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. S.T. Horn

I would recommend focusing very hard on the pre-screening and making sure your first impression is a good one. I used a high quality camera to record my pre-screening and did the entire tape in one continuous shot. J.V. Percussion

Always remember that the Juilliard faculty is looking for talent and potential, not a perfect audition or performance. Don’t fixate on making sure every note is right if it means hindering your musical capabilities. C.W. Piano

At music schools, the fundamentals are absolutely crucial. I can’t emphasize enough just how important it was to get REALLY nit-picky about intonation while I was preparing for auditions, for instance. Good luck! C.Z. Violin