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A Season at the Juilliard School

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“It’s like walking into Fame the movie,” gushes one drama student, which isn’t necessarily a selling point for you, the viewer, or one that the Juilliard would promulgate, preferring to bill itself here as “the most selective school in the world”. The prestigious New York academy for drama, dance and music counts among its graduates Barry Manilow, Miles Davis, Renée Fleming and Patti LuPone.

In this episode, its doors open to a fresh intake of students who on admission day must perform monologues to introduce themselves to the faculty. In the classical music department, famous violinist and Juilliard tutor Itzhak Perlman reveals his teaching methods.


Behind the scenes at the prestigious performing arts conservatory in New York City, exploring life in the school, the pressures facing its students and the teaching methods of its tutors. In the first edition, cameras capture the drama department's admission ritual, for which new pupils must perform monologues as a way of introducing themselves to the rest of the faculty. World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman tutors a promising second-year student and ballet teachers explain how the school's unique curriculum prepares budding dancers for roles in the professional world.

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