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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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A maximum of six semester hours of credit for graduate work from another institution is acceptable toward degree requirements, provided that the grade received in each course taken was no lower than B and that the courses were taken while the student was in good standing in an accredited graduate degree program.

No more than four semester hours of institute and workshop credit may be counted toward minimum requirements for the master's degree. No graduate credit is granted for courses taken via correspondence or extension, or for courses designated as remedial, prerequisite, or audit.

Qualified undergraduate seniors in Music Education may request permission to take certain graduate courses provided that (1) credit for the course is not required for the baccalaureate degree; (2) their cumulative GPA is no lower than 2.9; (3) before registering, they have secured permission from their major advisor and from the coordinator of the area in which the course is to be taken; and (4) they have been admitted to graduate study in the Department of Music and the course completed is accepted for graduate credit by the area coordinator.

Grades earned in undergraduate (or remedial) courses taken by a graduate student are also calculated in the GPA, although such courses may not satisfy the requirements for the graduate degree.

Any student whose cumulative average falls below the required 3.0 will be warned that the GPA must be raised to at least 3.0 in the next two semesters in residence. Any student failing to meet the minimum GPA at that point will be dropped from the program.

Any student who has been dropped from the program for academic reasons may make a formal, written appeal to both the Department of Music's Executive Committee and the Coordinator of the student's program area to review the case. If the Executive Committee deems to reverse the expulsion, the student will have to adhere to all stipulations made by the Executive Committee and the Coordinator of the program area. The student will reenter the program with classification of "Conditional."



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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