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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

Jazz Studies

MUSH - MUSI - MUSW - MUTV - MUTW - MUTX- MUTZ


MUSH-011, 012. Jazz Improvisation I. II, 2 crs. ea. Techniques of improvisation, melodic and harmonic analysis, analysis of improvisational styles through recorded example, demonstration of improvisational skills through performance, and transcription of recorded solos.

MUSH-021, 022. Jazz Improvisation III, IV. 2 crs. ea. Continuation of MUSH-011, 012. Prereqs.: MUSH-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUSH-031, 032. Jazz Improvisation V, VI. 2 crs. ea. Continuation of MUSH-021,022. Prereqs.: MUSH-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUSH-041, 042. Jazz Improvisation VII, VIII. 2 crs. ea. Continuation of MUSH-031, 032. Prereqs.: MUSH-031, 032, or consent of instructor.

MUSH-016. Jazz Keyboard Harmony 2 crs. Development of chord reading and jazz harmonic voicing skills at the piano. Fall/ Spring

MUSH-101. Jazz Theory I. 3 crs. The meaning of melodic and harmonic notation in jazz is explained; also, the underlying structural principles employed in the jazz composition are revealed. Fall semester. Prereq.: MUSB-003, 004.

MUSH-183. Jazz Arranging I. 3 crs. Exploration and analysis of representative big band jazz arrangements, demonstrating basic techniques of instrumental arranging. Fall semester. Prereq.: MUSH-101, MUSI-102.

MUSH-151 through 158. Jazz Vocal Workshop I-VIII. 1 cr. ea. Development of jazz solo and group performance skills, including improvisation, sight reading, repertoire and contemporary vocal technique.

MUSH-160. Jazz Voice Instruction. 1 cr. Techniques of breathing, tone development, and vocal styles as they relate to the jazz idiom; development of the standard jazz repertoire. Audition required. (Music Minors)

MUSH-161 through 168. Voice for Jazz Studies I-VIII. 2 crs ea. Techniques of breathing, tone development, and vocal styles as they relate to the jazz idiom; development of the standard jazz repertoire. Audition required. Music Majors only.

MUSI-001. Seminar in Music Business. 1 cr. Reports and discussions of topics relevant to careers in arts management. Fall/ Spring

MUSI-031, 032. Introduction to Entertainment Law. 3 crs. An introductory course for all artists which explores contracts, torts, agency, labor relations, copyrights and communications. Fall/Spring.

MUSI-033. Entrepreneur in the Entertainment Industry. 3 crs. Course exploring opportunities in the music, media, and communications industries. Spring.

MUSI-076. Intro to Music Technology I. 3 crs. Study of concepts in modern electronic music production, including acoustics, power, devices, MIDI, storage, software, and computers. Lab; includes hands-on work with music software. Prereqs.: MUSB-022 and MUSE 012, or with the consent of the instructor. Fall/Spring.

MUSI-077. Intro to Music Technology II. 3 crs. Continuation of MUSI-076. Focus is audio recording and mixing. Lab; hands-on work with music software and hardware and independent study assignments. Prereqs.: MUSI-076. Spring.

MUSI-102. Jazz Theory II. 3 crs. A continuation of MUSH-101. Advanced analysis of jazz standards, instrumental transpositions, and introductory jazz arranging projects. Prereq.: MUSH-101. Spring.

MUSI-109. Jazz Piano Instruction 1 cr. Course for pianists encompassing varied jazz styles and techniques. Music Minor. Audition required.

MUSI-110, 111. Jazz History I, II. 3 crs. ea. (undergraduate). Study of the history, sociology, culture and development of jazz from its African origins to the present and beyond. Fall/Spring.

MUSI-111, 112. Jazz Piano I, II. 2 crs. ea. Comprehensive course for advanced pianists encompassing varied jazz styles and techniques. Audition required.

MUSI-121, 122. Jazz Piano III, IV. 2 crs. ea. Continuation of MUSH-112 dealing with advanced jazz piano techniques. Prerequisite: MUSH-111, 112.

MUSI-131, 132. Jazz Piano V, VI. 2 crs. ea. Continuation of MUSH-122 dealing with advanced jazz piano techniques. Prerequisite: MUSH-121, 122.

MUSI-141, 142. Jazz Piano VII, VIII. 2 crs. ea. Continuation of MUSH-132 dealing with advanced jazz piano techniques. Prereqs.: MUSH-131, 132.

MUSI-143. Vocal Arranging II. 3 crs. Continuation of MUSI 160. Prereq: MUSI-160, or the consent of the instructor. Spring.

MUSI-159. Independent Study Jazz. 3 crs. Course allowing for directed research in Jazz music. Requires consent of the instructor. Fall/ Spring.

MUSI-160. Vocal Arranging I. 3 crs. Techniques in arranging for jazz vocal ensembles. Prereqs.: MUSI-102, or the consent of the instructor. Fall

MUSI-175 through 182. Drum Set I-VIII. 2 crs. ea. Development of reading skills, jazz drumming techniques, through solo and ensemble playing. Audition required.

MUSI-184. Jazz Arranging II. 3 crs. Continuation of MUSH-183. Creation of several big band jazz arrangements, demonstrating advanced techniques of instrumental arranging. Spring. Prereq.: MUSH-183.

MUSI-190 through 197. Jazz Bass Workshop I-VIII. 2 crs. ea. Exploration of jazz techniques for string bass. Audition required.

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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:

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

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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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")


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