Saturday, September 4, 2010

Fame & Save the Last Dance: The Juilliard School

The Juilliard School seeks students whose talent and commitment to excellence promise future achievement in their chosen areas of major study.

I. Read the statements below and decide which ones are true about the famous New York City Juilliard School of Performing Arts.

1. ( ) The Jiulliard School is considered one of the 3 best art schools in the whole world and it is the dream of most talented performers in America.

2. ( ) The only period The Julliard School was closed was during World War I.

3. ( ) The Committee on Admissions selects students primarily on the basis of their performance at competitive auditions held at The Juilliard School and in selected cities around the country. All auditions are evaluated by members of the faculty.

4. ( ) The School does not set a minimum or maximum age limit. In general, however, the faculty and the Committee on Admissions will give preference to students in the formative stages of their artistic development who will benefit most from the type of training available at Juilliard.

5. ( ) The Juilliard School admits students of any race, color, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at The Juilliard School. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

6. ( ) To audition for the Dance Division, you must have a minimum of three years of training in ballet and/or modern dance. If you meet this minimum requirement, you are welcome to complete the following steps to apply for admission.

7. ( ) For drama audition, you must have a resumé of at least 10 professional performances on important stages.

8. ( ) Students are selected on the basis of an application, an audition, a teacher recommendation, a music aptitude test, and a parent interview. The most important factors are the student's enthusiasm and the results of his or her audition.

9. ( ) Students must be in the third through eighth grades (approximately 8 to 14 years old) at the time of their audition. The exception to this rule is that most trombone, trumpet, tuba, horn, and bassoon players are eligible beyond the eighth grade.

10. ( ) Students may audition on the piano or any traditional orchestral instrument. Those include violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, French horn, trombone, trumpet, and tuba. Saxophone, guitar, and voice are not eligible.

Answer key: Only 2 and 7 are false.

II. Watch the movie segment from the movie Fame. Then discuss the questions that follow.


1. Describe the scene. What were some of the things that you saw in the segment that you learned in the previous exercise.

2. What kind of performing arts did you see in the auditions?

3. What musical instruments did you see in the segment?

4. How would you assess the quality of the candidates?

5. Would you like to study in such a school? Why?

6. Describe the auditions. How different are they, according to the performing art they are trying?

C. Watch the segment from the movie Save the Last Dance and answer the questions:


1. Describe the scene.

2. Was she concerned about the audition? How so?

3. What happened during the audition?

4. Was she accepted?

5. How would you describe the way she felt?

6. Should she try it again in the following year? Justify your answer.

7. Would you like to study there? Why (not)?