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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

General Music Studies

MUSB-002. Introduction to Theory (non-music majors). 3 crs. Study of scales, notation, simple rhythms, intervals.

MUSB-025. Survey of Harmony (Non-Majors). 3 crs. Spring. A compressed course covering diatonic and chromatic tonal harmony, 20th centry harmonic languages, and popular music harmonic styles. Emphasis placed on developing analytical skills, especially for Musical Theatre majors. Prerequisite: MUSB-021.

MUSE-001, 002. Beginning Piano for Non-Music Majors. 1 cr. ea. Scales, chords, transposition, and harmonization for students with minimal background in piano.

MUSO-105. Non-Major Guitar Class. 1 cr. ea. Group instruction for non-music majors in music fundamentals, basic playing techniques, and repertoire of popular and classical music. Prerequisite: Student must supply own guitar.

MUTP-100. Blacks in the Arts. 3 crs. History and aesthetic awareness of the contributions of blacks in art, drama, and music.



















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!



Arthur C. Dawkins, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Dr. Dawkins will introduce his new website that includes interviews with some of the major architects of modern jazz (Gillespie, Blakey, Roach).

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

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



Special Guest Joseph Grimmer, NSO Bassoonist
featuring Joseph Grimmer, Bassoon and Sophia Kim Cook, piano accompaniment - Childers Recital Hall, Thu, Jan 17, 12:40pm FREE

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Liana Valente, Soprano
Faculty member Liana Valente, soprano, appears with pianist Yuri Chayama - Childers Recital Hall, Thu, Feb 21, 12:40pm FREE