Supercharge your knowledge of classical music, dance, jazz, opera, theater, and film at Lincoln Center, from the comfort of your own home, or on the go.
Music
25 Ways to Become a Performing Arts Expert
Photo by Tristan Cook
Bruce Adolphe (left) leads The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's popular Inside Chamber Music series.

1. Inside Chamber Music
On campus | Online

In The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s perennially popular series that combines lecture with live music, composer and radio personality Bruce Adolphe and guest musicians delve into a masterwork of chamber music, parsing out what makes it significant both musically and historically. For those who aren’t able to make it to Lincoln Center, these events are livestreamed and available on demand.

Link: http://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/events/?8=32

 

2. Chamber Music Master Classes
On campus | Online

Whether you’re an aspiring performer or simply curious about the work that goes into becoming one, master classes hosted by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center offer the opportunity to observe the rigor and nuance that makes a great artist. These events are livestreamed and available on demand.

Link: http://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/education-programs/adult-programs/master-class/

 

3. New York Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium
On campus
FREE

In this free lecture series, top artists and scholars explore the historic and cultural themes of the New York Philharmonic’s season using live performance, video, and more.

Link: http://nyphil.org/concerts-tickets/explore/insights-series-at-the-atrium

 

4. Jazz at Lincoln Center's Swing University
On campus | Online

Aimed at transforming you into a more astute listener, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s signature adult education series illuminates the history of jazz through portraits of some of its greatest practitioners. Course topics include Jazz 101, Count Basie, Latin jazz, and more. Jazz at Lincoln Center makes some videos, such as the eight-part “Origins of Jazz” available on their website.

Link: https://academy.jazz.org/swing-university/​

 

5. Introduction to Classical Music

Online
FREE
Yale University via Coursera
Begins September 11, 2017

In this popular online course, Yale Professor of Music Craig Wright offers a whirlwind tour of western classical music. The course begins with the basic building blocks of composition, before launching into a fascinating history of the masters from Bach fugues to Mozart symphonies to Puccini operas. This is a free, scheduled course and will provide ample opportunities for interaction with professors and classmates.

Link: http://www.coursera.org/learn/introclassicalmusic 

 

6. Piano Preludes: Bach, Chopin, and Debussy
Online
FREE
The Juilliard School via EdX

Get back to playing piano and improve your skills by learning three well-known classical pieces with guidance from Dr. Michael Shinn. Watch videos of Juilliard-trained pianists playing each piece, listen to lectures that offer instructional tips, explore the rich history of the prelude as a musical genre, and delve into media-rich lessons that will teach you a step-by-step approach to learning each new work.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/piano-preludes-bach-chopin-debussy-juilliardx-jx002x#!​

 

7. Discovering the Instruments of the Orchestra
Online
FREE
The Juilliard School via EdX

Dr. L. Michael Griffel, Chair of Juilliard’s Music History Department, takes you on a journey into the orchestra and introduces you to the history of its principal instruments. You will learn about each instrument, from violin to timpani, and will gain the ability to recognize their individual sounds and textures when listening to any orchestral music.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/discovering-instruments-orchestra-juilliardx-jx003x#!

 

8. Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas
Online
FREE
Curtis Institute of Music via Coursera
Begins September 11, 2017 or self-paced

With each fascinating lecture focused on a single sonata, pianist Jonathan Biss offers an inside-out look at Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas from the point of view of a performer. The course was so popular that Biss released a sequel: Exploring Beethoven's Piano Sonatas 2.

Link: http://www.coursera.org/learn/beethoven-piano-sonatas

 

9. World of the String Quartet 
Online
Curtis Institute of Music via Coursera
Begins September 4, 2017 or self-paced

The former first violinist of the Guarneri Quartet, Arnold Steinhardt, and his Curtis Institute colleague Dr. Mia Chung lead this colorful journey from Haydn’s early string quartets through composer David Ludwig’s 2014 piece Pale Blue Dot.

Link: http://www.coursera.org/learn/string-quartet


Opera
25 Ways to Become a Performing Arts Expert
Photo by Rebecca Sullivan
Conductor Steven Osgood leads a course at the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

10. Metropolitan Opera Guild Courses & Lectures
On campus

Whether you’re an opera novice or connoisseur, the Metropolitan Opera Guild has something for you, including opera boot camp; score-reading workshops; courses on particular operas, styles, and composers; interviews with singers; master classes; and much more.

Link: http://www.metguild.org/guild/Lectures/PackagesDisplay.aspx

 

11. Introduction to German Opera
Online - Self-paced
FREE
Dartmouth University via EdX

Designed for novices and aficionados alike, this course from Dartmouth endeavors to build general listening and music analysis skills in the context of Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, and their brethren. This is a free, scheduled course and will provide ample opportunities for interaction with professors and classmates.

Link: https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-german-opera-dartmouthx-dart-mus-02x​

 

12. Magazine: Opera News
In print | Online

Perhaps the best way to stay in the know about what’s happening in opera today is to read the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s prestigious monthly publication, Opera News. Many of the articles are also available for free online.

Link: http://www.operanews.com

 

13. Metropolitan Opera Guild Podcast 
Online
FREE

Fill your phone with artistic enlightenment with this podcast that features lectures and conversations related to the Met’s current season.

Link: http://www.metguild.org/MOG/For_The_Community/Lectures/Podcast/Metropolitan_Opera_Guild_Podcast.html


Dance
25 Ways to Become a Performing Arts Expert
Photo by Martha Swope, 1957. Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Join us for a full day symposium dedicated to choreographer Jerome Robbins, pictured here directing chorus members during a rehearsal of West Side Story.

14. Inside NYCB
On campus

In these hour-long onstage presentations, the New York City Ballet’s dancers and creative collaborators shed light on the inner workings of the Company and the masterworks of its repertoire.

Link: http://www.nycballet.com/insideNYCB

 

15. Ballet Essentials
On campus

No dance training is necessary to participate in these movement workshops for adults ages 21 and up led by New York City Ballet dancers.

Link: http://www.nycballet.com/balletessentials

 

16. Jerome Robbins Symposium
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 10:00 am   
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium

The LPA's Jerome Robbins Dance Division celebrates the centennial of Jerome Robbins with a day-long symposium, featuring presentations by Library fellows, including Alastair Macaulay, Julie Lemberger, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Ninotchka Bennahum, Robert Greskovic, and Hiie Saumaa.

Reservations at NYPL.org/LPA/events or the welcome desk


Film

17. Magazine: Film Comment
In print | Online

If you’re looking for the best in film criticism, then join the masses of movie lovers who subscribe to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s esteemed publication Film Comment, the premier American magazine for cinephiles for more than 50 years. Also, subscribe to the magazine’s new app and popular podcast. Plus, many selected articles are available for free online.

Link magazine: http://www.filmcomment.com

Link podcast: http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/category/podcast

 

18. The Close-Up Podcast
Online
FREE

Stay up-to-date on all the happenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center with its exciting podcast, including talks with today’s most innovative filmmakers and actors, and discussions with the Film Society’s programmers.

Link: http://www.filmlinc.org/daily/post-type/the-close-up-podcast

 

19. The Story of Film, An Odyssey
Online
FREE with a Hulu subscription

The New York Times called Mark Cousins’s series on the history of world cinema “a semester-long film studies survey course compressed into 15 brisk, sometimes contentious hours.” Cousins touches on everything from Georges Méliès’s Le Voyage dans la lune to Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu Monogatari to Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali. The entire series is now available on Hulu.

Link: http://www.hulu.com/the-story-of-film-an-odyssey

 


Theater

20. Magazine: Lincoln Center Theater Review
In print | Online

The plays on the stages of Lincoln Center Theater provide the inspiration for the Review's contributing writers, drawn from many fields, who question and reflect on the issues and ideas the plays generate in the larger world.

Link: http://www.lct.org/explore/magazine

 

21. Lincoln Center Theater’s Platform Podcast
Online
FREE

Hear authors, actors, directors, and designers talk about their work in these live recordings of Lincoln Center Theater’s popular Platform Talks. 

Link: http://www.lct.org/explore/blog/categories/podcasts/


All-in-One Options
25 Ways to Become a Performing Arts Expert
Photo by Nan Melville
A Juilliard Evening Division voice class.

22. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
On campus
FREE

There is always something to be learned at this research branch of the New York Public Library located on Lincoln Center’s campus. Free performances, films, lectures, and exhibitions abound, or you can just come to explore the stacks where you’re sure to find something fascinating to read, watch, or listen to.

Link: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/lpa

 

23. Juilliard Evening Division
On campus

There’s still time to be a Juilliard student! The famous conservatory’s general public educational program offers classes for adults of all ages and abilities taught by expert faculty. Offerings include credit and non-credit courses in dance and drama appreciation, music history, music theory, ear training, composition, and conducting, as well as performance classes in voice and piano. Now offering a certificate program in core musical skills. Spring 2017 courses will be published in November.

Link: http://catalog.juilliard.edu/index.php​

 

24. Juilliard OpenStudios
Online
First episode FREE in the iTunes App Store. Subscriptions from $7.99
Juilliard Open Ed

The Juilliard School’s subscription app illuminates the process of bringing a work of art to life, following Juilliard students and professors as they delve into a specific piece. Included in the 40 episodes produced in its first year are “Tony Kushner’s Angels in America,” “Exploring Le Nozze di Figaro,” “The Living Legacy of Martha Graham,” and “Spelling Out BeBop.”

Link: http://digital.juilliard.edu/open-studios

 

25. Lincoln Center Video Portal
Online
FREE

Explore archival performance footage, behind-the-scenes features, and other video productions from all of Lincoln Center’s resident organizations.

Link: http://www.lincolncenter.org/video