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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

Music History, Literature and Materials

MUSC-005. Music Literature to 1600. 3 crs. Examines concepts, definitions, musical literature, trends, performance practices, and composers from antiquity to 1600.

MUSC-006. Music Literature of the Baroque and Classical Periods. 3 crs. Study of symphony, chamber music, opera, and other forms from 1600 to 1830. Prerequisite: MUSC-005.

MUSC-007. Music Literature of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. 3 crs. Analyzes styles, composers, and techniques from 1830 to the present. Prerequisite: MUSC-006.

MUSC-008. African and Afro-American Music Literature. 3 crs. Explores traditional African music and American music influenced by the African idiom. Prerequisite: MUSC-007.

MUSC-009. Intro to Ethnomusicology. 3 crs.

MUSC-101. Music Literature of the Eighteenth Century. 3 crs. Examines changes from baroque to classical ideals, including the works of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.

MUSC-102. Music Literature of the Nineteenth Century. 3 crs. Study of romanticism, beginning with the mature Beethoven. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.

MUSC-103. The Symphony. 3 crs. Presents the origins and development of the symphony and related forms, including an intensive study of scores. Prerequisite: MUSC-007.

MUSC-104. Chamber Music. 3 crs. Deals with string quartet literature and its antecedents, along with other chamber music forms from Haydn to Bartok. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.

MUSC-105. Choral Music. 3 crs. Treats the emergence and growth of choral music and such related forms as the chanson and madrigal, with emphasis on the Afro-American contribution. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.

MUSC-106. Dramatic Music. 3 crs. Covers such dramatic forms in music as the cantata, passion, oratorio, opera, and musical theater. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.

MUSC-125. Introduction to African Music. 3 crs. Presents African life and culture with music as a focal point. No previous music training required.

MUSC-155. Style Criteria. 3 crs. Examines styles, composition techniques, and performance standards of Western music from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.

MUSC-156. Music Literature of the Twentieth Century. 3 crs. Treats techniques and trends from 1900 to the present, with special lectures and demonstrations by Composition faculty members. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.

MUSC-161, 162. Senior Seminar. 3 crs. ea. Research projects assigned to seniors. Each student must complete one research project on an Afro-American subject.

MUSC-204. Chamber Music. 3 crs. Deals with string quartet literature and its antecedents, along with other chamber music forms from Haydn to Bartok. (Graduate).

MUSC-207. Individual Research. 3 crs. Directed by a member of the faculty. Students may receive credit for this course twice. Prerequisite: Permission of faculty member.

MUSC-221, 222. Vocal Literature. 3 crs. ea. Study of music for solo voice from its beginnings to present, with consideration of literature for the voice teacher. Prerequisite: MUSC-008.



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!



SAASy at National Museum of American History
Vocal jazz ensemble directed by Jessica Boykin-Settles. Walter H. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History - Thu, April 25, 12pm - FREE

HUJE at Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival
Annual concert hosted by UDC featuring the big bands of the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, and the University of Maryland. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW, WDC - Mon, April 29, 8pm - $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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Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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