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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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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ensembles


BRASS ENSEMBLE
CONCERT BAND
FLUTE ENSEMBLE
GUITAR ENSEMBLE
JAZZ ENSEMBLE
JAZZTET
JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOP
MARCHING BAND
OPERA WORKSHOP
ORCHESTRA
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
PIANO ENSEMBLE
SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE
TROMBONE ENSEMBLE
UNIVERSITY CHOIR
UNIVERSITY CHORALE
WOODWIND ENSEMBLE

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BRASS ENSEMBLE
MUTE-111, 112. Brass Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Ensemble that performs contemporary and standard brass music, with emphasis given to sight reading, interpretation, and musicianship.

MUTE-121, 122. Brass Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTE-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUTE-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUTE-131, 132. Brass Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTE-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUTE-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUTE-141, 142. Brass Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTE-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUTE-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

CONCERT BAND
MUTH-111, 112. Concert Band I and II. 1 cr. ea. Includes the analytical study and stylistic performance of the literature for conducted wind ensembles of all sizes.

MUTH-121, 122. Concert Band III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTH-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUTH-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUTH-131, 132. Concert Band V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTH-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUTH-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUTH-141, 142. Concert Band VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTH-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUTH-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

FLUTE ENSEMBLE
MUTC-201, 202. Flute Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Composing, arranging, sight-reading, and performing guitar ensemble music. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUTC-203, 204. Flute Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTC-201, 202. Prerequisite: MUTC-201, 202 or consent of instructor.

MUTC-205, 206. Flute Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTC-203, 204. Prereqs.: MUTC-203, 204 or consent of instructor.

MUTC-207, 208. Flute Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTC-205, 206. Prereqs.: MUTC-205, 206 or consent of instructor.

GUITAR ENSEMBLE
MUTF-111, 112. Guitar Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Composing, arranging, sight-reading, and performing guitar ensemble music. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

MUTF-121, 122. Guitar Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTF-111, 112. Prerequisite: MUTF-111, 112 or consent of instructor.

MUTF-131, 132. Guitar Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTF-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUTF-121, 122 or consent of instructor.

MUTF-141, 142. Guitar Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTF-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUTF- 131, 132 or consent of instructor.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE
MUTI-011, 012. Jazz Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Deals with Big Band Jazz; composing, arranging, performing, and recordings. Prereqs.: consent of instructor. Auditions required.

MUTI-021, 022. Jazz Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTI-011, 012. Prereqs.: MUTI-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUTI-031, 032. Jazz Ensemble. V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTI-021, 022. Prereqs.: MUTI-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUTI-041, 042. Jazz Ensemble. VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTI-031, 032. Prereqs.: MUTI-031, 032, or consent of instructor.

JAZZTET
MUTI-111, 112. Jazztet I and II. 1 cr. Small ensemble and experimental projects in jazz performance. Prereqs.: consent of instructor. Auditions required.

MUTI-121, 122. Jazztet III and IV. 1 cr. Continuation of MUTI-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUTI-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUTI-131, 132. Jazztet V and VI. 1 cr. Continuation of MUTI-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUTI-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUTI-141, 142. Jazztet VII and VIII. 1 cr. Continuation of MUTI-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUTI-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

JAZZ VOCAL WORKSHOP
MUTV-111, 112. Jazz Vocal Workshop I-II. 1 cr. ea. Development of jazz solo and group performance skills, including improvisation, sight reading, repertoire and contemporary vocal technique. Prereqs.: consent of instructor. Auditions required.

MUSH-121, 122. Jazz Vocal Workshop III-IV 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSH-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUSH-151, 152, or consent of instructor.

MUSH-131, 132. Jazz Vocal Workshop V-VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSH-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUSH-153, 154, or consent of instructor.

MUSH-141, 142 Jazz Vocal Workshop VII-VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSH-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUSH-155, 156, or consent of instructor.

MARCHING BAND
MUTH-011, 012. Marching Band. I and II. 1 cr. ea. Performance of music for athletic contests and half-time shows at football games, various parades, pep rallies, etc. Membership open to all Howard University students.

MUTH-021, 022. Marching Band III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTH-011, 012. Prereqs.: MUTH-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUTH-031, 032. Marching Ban V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTH-021, 022. Prereqs.: MUTH-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUTH-041, 042. Marching Band VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTH-031, 032. Prereqs.: MUTH-031, 032, or consent of instructor.

OPERA WORKSHOP
MUSG-171-174. Opera Ensemble Workshop. 1 cr. Repertoire, interpretation and performance of operatic chamber ensemble literature (trios, quartets, quintets , and larger). Prereqs.: must be enrolled in private voice study (major, minor) AND by consent of the instructor.

ORCHESTRA
MUTJ-011, 012. Orchestra I and II. 1 cr. ea. Ensemble for the study and performance of chamber orchestra literature. Prereqs.: consent of instructor. Auditions required.

MUTJ-021, 022. Orchestra III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTJ-011, 012. Prereqs.: MUTJ-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUTJ-031, 032. Orchestra V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTJ-021, 022. Prereqs.: MUTJ-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUTJ-041, 042. Orchestra VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTJ-031, 032. Prereqs.: MUTJ-031, 032, or consent of instructor.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE
MUSX-011, 012. Percussion Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Consists of reading and performance of literature for percussion.

MUSX-021, 022. Percussion Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSX-011, 012. Prereqs.: MUSX-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUSX-031, 032. Percussion Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSX-021, 022. Prereqs.: MUSX-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUSX-041, 042. Percussion Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSX-031, 032. Prereqs.: MUSX-031, 032, or consent of instructor.

PIANO ENSEMBLE
MUSZ-111, 112. Piano Trio I and II. 1 cr. ea. Includes chamber music for piano and other instruments.

MUSZ-121, 122. Piano Trio III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSZ-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUSZ-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUSZ-131, 132. Piano Trio V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSZ-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUSZ-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUSZ-141, 142. Piano Trio VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSZ- of 131, 132. Prereqs.: MUSZ-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

MUSZ-211, 212. Chamber Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Chamber music playing for applied music majors.

MUSZ-221, 222. Chamber Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Advanced chamber music playing for applied music majors. Prereqs.: MUSZ-211, 212, or consent of instructor.

448-111, 112. Accompanying for Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Provides experience in preparation and public performance as an accompanist for varied ensembles.

448-121, 122. Accompanying for Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of 448-111, 112.

448-131, 132. Accompanying for Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of 448-121, 122. Prereqs.: 448-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

448-141, 142. Accompanying for Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of 448-131, 132. Prereqs.: 448-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

SAXOPHONE ENSEMBLE
MUTD-111, 112. Saxophone Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Ensemble that performs contemporary literature for the saxophone, including transcribed literature.

MUTD-121, 122. Saxophone Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTD-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUTD-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUTD-131, 132. Saxophone Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTD-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUTD-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUTD-141, 142. Saxophone Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTD-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUTD-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

TROMBONE ENSEMBLE
MUTD-111, 112. Trombone Ensemble I and II. 1 cr. ea. Ensemble that performs traditional and contemporary literature for the trombone choir.

MUTD-121, 122. Trombone Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTD-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUTD-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUTD-131, 132. Trombone Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTD-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUTD-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUTD-141, 142. Trombone Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTD-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUTD-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

UNIVERSITY CHOIR
MUTL-011, 012. University Choir I and II. 1 cr. ea. Performing vocal ensemble open to all Howard University students. Auditions and appropriate concert and service attire required.

MUTL-021, 022. University Choir III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTL-011, 012. Prereqs.: MUTL-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUTL-031, 032. University Choir V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTL-021, 022. Prereqs.: MUTL-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUTL-041, 042. University Choir VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTL-031, 032. Prereqs.: MUTL-031, 032, or consent of instructor.

UNIVERSITY CHORALE
MUTM-011, 012. University Chorale I and II. 1 cr. ea. Consists of a predominantly a capella group, that performs more difficult literature. Audition required.

MUTM-021, 022. University Chorale III and IV 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTM-011, 012. Prereqs.: MUTM-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUTM-031, 032. University Chorale V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTM-021, 022. Prereqs.: MUTM-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUTM-041, 042. University Chorale VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTM-031, 032. Prereqs.: MUTM-031, 032, or consent of instructor.

WOODWIND ENSEMBLE
MUTC-111, 112. Woodwind Ensemble. I and II 1 cr. ea. Ensemble for the study and performance of woodwind literature.

MUTC-121, 122. Woodwind Ensemble III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTC-111, 112. Prereqs.: MUTC-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUTC-131, 132. Woodwind Ensemble V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTC-121, 122. Prereqs.: MUTC-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUTC-141, 142. Woodwind Ensemble VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUTC-131, 132. Prereqs.: MUTC-141, 142, or consent of instructor.

 

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Important
Announcements

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!

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SELECT UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Pic of Howard University jazz Ensemble ("HUJE")

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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SELECT PAST EVENTS:

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

Pic of Howard University jazz Ensemble ("HUJE")

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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