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Career Studies Courses

Sacred Music Seminar

ORG 221–222*; 1 s.h./term
ORG 231–232*; 1 s.h./term

A practical course in developing the skills of a successful church or synagogue musician. One year is devoted to improvisation and service playing; the other covers choral techniques and worship planning. Required of all organ students.

The Performer as Teacher

CND 301–302; 1 s.h./term

All great performers teach, whether coaching chamber music, presenting a master class, or instructing in a private lesson. Like the art of performing, the ability to effectively communicate one's ideas and concepts is a learned process. This course will require two hours per week of classroom time in which students will explore various teaching methods and practices through lecture, discussion, demonstration and practical opportunities necessary to gain a functional understanding of the above topics. In addition, students will be required to observe an hour of open lessons, coachings, or studio classes per week. Open, by approval, to post-baccalaureate diploma students, master of music students and select undergraduates.

Community Artists Program (CAP)

CRS 301–302; 3 s.h./term

A guided independent study in which five to seven students are matched with Curtis faculty, staff, and alumni mentors who help them to design and implement a unique performance project that combines artistry with invention, leadership with advocacy, and citizenship with community. Mentors guide students to resources, challenge their assumptions, introduce them to key people, serve as a sounding board, provide advice, and generally help students to make the most of this special opportunity.

Music and Technology

SCI 317-318; 3 s.h./term

From electronic applications in composition, to platforms for broadcast/simulcast, to recording and the life cycles of production
and promotion, to the Internet and the infinite variety of AV possibilities it invites, having a basic to intermediate understanding of the dynamics of how music and technology meld to serve the art form is essential for Curtis students as they enter careers in the 21st-century.The course will provide students with a guided tour along the ever evolving and shared frontiers of music and technology and to provide some practical training while also stimulating creativity in their primary studies.

The 21st-Century Musician

CRS 363; 1 s.h./term

An exploration of how the classical music industry works and how students can tailor their skills to create their own varied, rewarding, and sustainable professional paths. Topics include obtaining a job, orchestral life, freelancing, grant-writing, and managing money, time, and stress. Required of Bachelor of Music and Diploma students in one of their last two years.


Odd-numbered courses generally meet in the fall and even-numbered courses meet in the spring.

The designations "s.h." (semester hours) and "g.c." (graduate credits) indicate credit-hours given per term for undergraduate and graduate courses, respectively.

Yearlong, two-semester courses are designated by hyphenated course numbers. Students must successfully complete both semesters of required yearlong courses to satisfy the graduation requirement.

The symbol * indicates a course that is not offered every year.