How to Juilliard
A Step-By-Step Guide to Being a Masters’ Student at Juilliard
Step 1: Caffeinate. As early as possible, whenever possible.
Step 2: Hop on the subway and get to school early to do some last-minute review before that 9 A.M. Keyboard Skills class.
Step 3: Take a breather before your next class. Practice, eat, nap, or attempt to accomplish the entire trifecta within one hour (I’ve only heard hearsay that this is actually possible).
Step 4: Head on over to your lesson, and try not to beat yourself up too much when those octaves you spent hours on last night and nailed ten times in a row this morning don’t happen. Your teacher has been there—he’ll understand (and probably even have a better solution).
Step 5: Re-caffeinate if necessary (it’s necessary), then it’s time for Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory.
Step 6: Practice, practice, practice.
Step 7: Grab dinner and go take advantage of the culture within steps of school! See a concert, an opera, a ballet performance—there’s something going on pretty much every night.
Step 8: Collapse into your bed and get ready to do it all over again tomorrow.