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Piano Renewal Initiative

Please consider supporting our Piano Renewal Initiative. If you have a high-quality piano in good condition that you are no longer using, or if you would like to purchase or contribute towards a new piano, please contact the Department of Music Office for more information regarding our specific needs.

Metropolitan Club donates Steinway M grand piano

Katz Foundation donates new Steinway recital piano

Leon Bates Masterclass and Mini-Concert officially launches Piano Renewal Initiative.

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Charlie Young, III, M.M., Coordinator - Instrumental Jazz Studies
Connaitre Miller, M.M., Coordinator - Vocal Jazz Studies

Jazz Faculty: Jessica Boykin-Settles, Cyrus Chestnut, Kehembe Eichelberger, Fred Irby III, Sais Kamalidiin, Gerry Kunkel, John Mercer, Steve Novosel, Chris Royal, Harold Summey, Jr., Shacara West

must complete a minimum of 32 credits, 16 of which must be in the major concentration Jazz Studies, including improvisation, arranging and ensemble; 9 credits of supportive music courses, and 7 credits of electives.

Students in this program may arrange a concentration in either jazz performance or jazz arranging and composition. A qualifying recital is required at the end of the first year of study in order to remain in the program. Candidates for graduation must present a second recital of works approved by their advisor.

Master of Music in Jazz Studies: 32 credit hours

Major Area

MUSI-210 Jazz History Grad 3
MUSH-392 Improvisation 3
MUTI-xxx Jazz Ensemble (Grad) OR
MUSH-286 Jazz Vocal Workshop 1
MUxx-xxx Principal Instrument Grad 3
MUSH-434 Vocal Arranging (Grad) 3 OR
MUSH-383 Jazz Arranging I (Grad) 3

Total Major Area ----------------------------------------- 16 Credits

Supportive Courses in Music

MUSH-300 Graduate Seminar 3
MUSH-250 Pedagogy of Improvisation 3
MUSI-376 Electronic Music Grad 3

Total Supportive Courses in Music----------------------- 9 Credits

At least seven (7) credits of the following:

MUSI- 265 Jazz Composition 3
MUxx- xxx Principal Instrument Grad 3
MUTI- xxx Jazz Ensemble (Grad) 1
MUSH-287 Jazz Vocal Workshop Grad 1
MUSI-232 Entertainment Law Grad 3
MUSI-392 Jazz Piano Grad 3
MUSH-260 Independent Study Grad 3
MUSH-434 Vocal Arranging Grad OR MUSH-xxx Jazz Arranging II (Grad)

Total Electives ----------------------------------------------- 7 Credits




Welcome Class of 2022!

University Academic Calendar 2018-2019 (rev. 04/06/2018)

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Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!


Fall semeseter performances begin in September. Please join us!



Taylor Young, Jazz Voice – Master of Music Qualifying Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, March 30, 12pm FREE

Howard University Jazz Ensemble - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, Mar 30, 6-9pm $

Logan Johnson – Senior Composition Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, Mar 30, 7pm FREE

HUJE Easter Vigil - Peoples Congregational UCC, Sat, March 31, 4pm FREE

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 5, 12:40pm FREE

Afro Blue in Concert - Kennedy Center Jazz Club, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Fri, April 6, 7 & 9 pm BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT!

Panel Discussion: "INDEPENDENT: A Start to Finish Guide for Your Recording Project" - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 10, 10:10am FREE

Vocal Master Class with Soprano Lisa Gwyn Daltirus - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 11, 12pm FREE

NEA 2018 Jazz Masterclass with DIANNE REEVES - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 17, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE featuring Special Guest Artist GARY BARTZ - Ira Aldridge Theater, Thu, April 19, 12:40pm FREE

String Students in Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 24, 12:40pm FREE

Jazz Choir Concert featuring AFRO BLUE, SASSY and HU JAZZ SINGERS - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 25, 7:30pm FREE

Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert - Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, April 29, 4pm FREE

AFRO BLUE Mother's Day Concert - Prince George's Publick Playhouse, Sun, May 13, 4pm $

Afro Blue Mother's Day 2018