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About Juilliard Creative Classroom

The Site

Welcome to Juilliard Creative Classroom! This site is a digital repository of educational resources for working with students, ages 4–18. Our materials have been designed to enhance and supplement existing school programs around the globe. While the development of performance skills is invaluable, our materials emphasize building students’ personal artistry through their own creativity and bringing them into close contact with extraordinary works in the disciplines of dance, drama, and music.

Juilliard has designed teaching materials—creative activities, historical information, rehearsal strategies, and original media content—to lead students through explorations of our Core Works. One of the unique features of Juilliard Creative Classroom is the infusion of “disciplinary thinking.” The activities have been created using specific artistic practices that are authentic to each discipline, aligning students’ work with what happens in professional studios, rehearsal rooms, theaters, and concert halls.

By using our materials, we hope that your students will become more personally invested in their own artistry while they create, perform, and interpret. And through their discovery-based study of the Core Works, we aim to expand students’ artistic sensitivity, enhancing their own perceptual skills to last a lifetime.

The Approach

Learn more about Juilliard’s Approach to Classroom Instruction

Key Values

The Juilliard Approach to classroom instruction can be summarized in five key values:

Key Values

  1. Success for all: Regardless of students’ career aspirations in the arts, Juilliard Creative Classroom materials are designed with the fundamental belief that all children have artistic capacities that can—and should be—developed beyond what they ever thought possible.
  2. Active and exploratory learning: Students, especially in the performing arts, learn best through exploration and hands-on application of artistic skills and concepts.
  3. Igniting creativity: It is vitally important to engage students in meaningful artistic experiences—ideally, their own experiences. Ownership of their learning helps students find their own artistic voice. Inviting students to think and work imaginatively can have lasting effects in all academic subjects.
  4. Inquiry and reflection: Fostering curiosity leads to student motivation, an impetus for hard work and achievement. Looking back on one’s experiences crystalizes learning and develops valuable metacognitive skills.
  5. Meaningful encounters with high-quality works of dance, drama, and music.

Repertoire Categories

The following is an in-process and growing list of categories for the repertoire on Juilliard Creative Classroom:


Space, Time, and Dance
Improvisatory Rhythm in Motion
Folk Origins and Forms
Dance as Dramatic Expression
Dance that Tells a Story
From Street to Stage
Spiritual Dance, Ancient Roots
Cultures Connect
Dancer as Citizen
Juilliard Choreographer of Today


Devised Theatre for Youth
Traditions of Theatrical Clown
Animating Objects
Core Elements of a Play
Mask Work
Comedy in Verse
Juilliard Playwright of Today


The Instrument as Soloist
Music for Small Ensembles
The World of the Orchestra
The Concerto
Improvisatory Music
Music that Tells a Story
Folk Origins
Music for Dramatic Productions
Music for Ancient Instruments
The Song
Music for Film
Juilliard Composer of Today


Why is it so important to study the Core Works?

Simply put, extraordinary pieces of dance, drama, and music are powerful things. Much of their power comes from their ability to bring challenging worlds of creativity and meaning into students’ lives. The Core Works stretch students’ imagination and invite their own personal meaning–making, because they invite multiple interpretations and expand our ideas of what is possible in the world.

By rehearsing and performing repertoire in dance, drama, or music, students are engaged in important artistic actions. However, repertoire beyond their skill level has been purposefully chosen, as students of all ages should have the chance to encounter these pieces. Imagine a student only learning to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” enacting a scene from a children’s storybook, or dancing like a “Nutcracker soldier” as the greatest level of artistry they experience. We aim to infuse your classroom with professional works of dance, drama, and music whenever possible.

How were the Core Works chosen?

Firstly, the Core Works each represent essential categories embedded within each discipline; making sense of these frames will help students develop deeper understandings and multiple perspectives within each art form.

Since, thankfully, so much wonderful repertoire exists, it is impossible to create a list that includes it all. Juilliard has curated representative works for each category—pieces that span eras, styles, and traditions. Each work, and its specific performance, holds a position of great artistic significance within the field. They all offer rich material to investigate and a variety of teachable moments for classroom exploration.

Please keep in mind, this list is not the only repertoire available to students. Use the categories and the Extension Works to build units and opportunities to include other great repertoire from each discipline. It is our hope that our activities provide a roadmap for designing your own lessons that encourage students’ own creativity and discovery.

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