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Juilliard Goes To China


The Juilliard School has opened its first branch campus in Tianjin, China.
The Juilliard School, the famed music, dance and drama school, has admitted its initial class of graduate students at its branch campus in Tianjin, China. The new Tianjin facility, about a 45-minute train ride from Beijing, is Juilliard’s first branch campus. The Tianjin Juilliard School (TJS) now also becomes the first performing arts institution in China to confer a U.S.- accredited Master of Music (MM) degree. The new operation also contains several other components: The new Juilliard branch involves a partnership among The Juilliard School, the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area Administrative Commission, and the Tianjin Innovative Financial Investment Co. Juilliard is in charge of hiring senior administration as well as directing the academic and artistic curriculum. TJS offers a two-year Master of Music (MM) in one of three majors: orchestral studies, chamber music, or collaborative piano (instrumental). Its first class of 39 graduate students, which includes local students, U.S. students based in China, and students from other countries, began their studies in late fall of 2020. Of the first cohort,61% are Chinese, and 39% are international students. Annual tuition for the program is $49,260 for international students, and 200,000 RMB (about $30,000 in U.S. dollars) for Chinese nationals. Some need-based scholarships are available. The published tuition at Juilliard in New York is also $49,260, but, according to the school,90% of students receive financial aid. Prospective students go through an audition process, and they must provide the same application materials as required by The Juilliard School in New York. You can listen to the inaugural class perform Antoin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Op.46, No.8 here. The faculty at TJS is a mix of resident artists, supplemented by visiting faculty from Juilliard in New York.

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