. Interchanging Idioms: The Juilliard School and Connections Education Launch Juilliard eLearning, the Conservatory's First-Ever Online Courses

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Juilliard School and Connections Education Launch Juilliard eLearning, the Conservatory's First-Ever Online Courses

Performing Arts and Virtual Education Leaders to Develop and Deliver Online Arts Education Courses for K-12 Students and Educators Everywhere


Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, The Juilliard School and Connections Education are launching JUILLIARD eLEARNING, for K-12 students and educators everywhere. Juilliard eLearning is the world-famous conservatory’s first-ever group of online courses, presenting an exciting new option for teaching music and related courses, with distribution and implementation by leading provider of online learning solutions, Connections Education, part of the global education company, Pearson.


Juilliard eLearning will be developed to the same high standards educators have come to expect of both partners. The Juilliard School, the nation’s pre-eminent school for performing arts education, and Connections Education, will develop and deliver innovative online courses and resources for K-12 educators and students – helping to extend


Juilliard–structured learning into homes and classrooms; anywhere there is an Internet connection. Juilliard eLearning links Juilliard’s acknowledged history of excellence in performing arts education and Connections Education’s expertise in high-quality online learning.


The program will launch to an already-established national audience. Connections Education will offer the new arts education courses to the 40,000+ K-12 students enrolled in its national network of Connections Academy virtual public schools; it will also market the courses to educational institutions and directly to K-12 students and adult, lifelong learners.

“Providing exemplary arts education programs to youth and the community has always been central to our mission at The Juilliard School,” said Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School. “Our partnership with Connections Education will greatly enhance our ability to fulfill this mission. Juilliard eLearning will expand K-12 educators’ and students’ access to Juilliard performing arts educational content, delivered via the highest quality e-learning courses and materials that have become the hallmark of Connections Education over the past decade.”

Educators and e-learning experts from Connections Education will collaborate with Juilliard’s noted faculty, teaching artists and designated alumni to develop and manage the content of Juilliard eLearning courses.

The first courses to be offered by Juilliard eLearning in the 2012-2013 school year include Elementary, Middle and High School Music, and will be constructed around and aligned to the National Standards. In subsequent years, courses such as music theory, music history, drama history, or dance history, may expand the Juilliard eLearning offerings. Synchronous virtual music instruction courses and virtual “master classes” are also being considered.

Chief Education Officer for Connections Education, Steve Guttentag commented, “The Juilliard School is widely recognized as the quality standard bearer for performing arts education, so we’re really honored to be Juilliard’s partner for this initiative and to develop courses together for students in grades K-12.”

Juilliard eLearning courses and learning materials will feature exclusive music, video, animations and other immersive content, plus synchronous and a-synchronous learning opportunities from both Juilliard’s experts and Connections Education’s certified teachers.

The Connections opportunity was identified by Brandgenuity, Juilliard’s independent trademark licensing agency, after an extensive review and analysis of the online K-12 educational market. Brandgenuity will continue to assist Juilliard in extending its authority into new products and services.
For more information about the Juilliard eLearning, call 888-440-2890. A public website with more information will be available soon.

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