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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




On-Campus Auditions for Fall 2019 Admission
were held on January 26 and March 2, 2019. Interested students who did not audition on those dates may request a special appointment by contacting the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator ASAP.

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!



Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month!
Join us in April as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month 2019. Many events are free and open to the public!

Howard U Jazz Week 2019 Sidebar Calendar
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Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Introduces HU Jazz Oral History Project
Dr. Dawkins will introduce the website that includes interviews with some of the major architects of modern jazz (Gillespie, Blakey, Roach). This work may be found in the Moorland-Spingarn Library Collection at http://library.howard.edu/jazz/.

Photo of Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D.Dr. Dawkins will also discuss the evolution of Jazz Education at Howard University.

Childers Recital Hall, Thu, Mar 7, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE Spring Concert feat. Special Guest Derrick Gardner
Ira Aldridge Theater, Tue, April 9, 12:40pm FREE

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Professor Chris Royal, D.M.A., Discusses the Legacy of Louis Armstrong
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 11am - FREE

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Jazz in Class: HU Jazz Improvisation Showcase
Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 11, 12:40pm - FREE

Vocal Jazz Ensembles at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, April 12, 6-9pm $

Flyer for Afro Blue, SAASy and HU Jazz Singers at Westminster Chiurch 4/12/19
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Symphony Orchestra & Concert Band Joint Spring Concert
Orchestral works by Handel and Beethoven. Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 14, 4pm - FREE

Symphony Orchestra Concert Poster for 4/14/19
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2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim Presents Masterclass
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 16, 12:40-1:30pm - FREE

Colorful Flyer for Abdullah Imbrahim Masterclass on Tue 4/16
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