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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 Education

MUSD-005. Instrumental Survey. 3 crs. Knowledge, care, history and function of band and orchestral instruments. Spring semester only.

MUSD-006. Music Education Guitar Class. 1 cr. Group instruction in basic technique along with an introduction to repertory. Required of all Music Education majors.

MUSD-007. Marching Band Technique. 3 crs. Provides guidelines for administration and supervision; explores a variety of rehearsal and performance techniques for marching band in an educational setting. Spring semester only. **This course is no longer offered**

MUSD-013. Woodwind Instruments I. 1 cr. Class instruction in the basic playing and teaching techniques of flute, clarinet, and saxophone.

MUSD-014. Woodwind Instruments II. 1 cr. Class instruction in the basic playing and teaching of oboe and bassoon techniques. Prerequisite: MUSD-013 or consent of instructor.

MUSD-015. String Instruments I. 1 cr. Class instruction in the basic playing, teaching techniques of the violin and viola.

MUSD-016. String Instruments II. 1 cr. Class instruction in the basic playing, teaching techniques of the violoncello and string bass. Prerequisite: MUSD-015 or consent of instructor.

MUSD-017. Brass Instruments I. 2 crs. Class instruction in the history, function, and basic playing techniques of the instruments in the brass family. Spring semester only.

MUSD-019. Percussion Instruments. 1 cr. Class instruction in the history, function, and basic playing, teaching techniques of the various percussion instruments.

MUSD-021. Instrumental Pedagogy. 3 cr. Instruction in the history, function, and advanced teaching techniques of the various instruments. Must also be enrolled in MUxx Instrumental Major private instruction courses as a BM in Performance major. Prerequisite: at least 4 semesters of major level private instruction.

MUSD-051. Elementary Choral Conducting. 3 crs. Fundamental techniques of choral conducting, basic principles of interpretation and style, and rehearsal techniques. Fall semester only.

MUSD-052. Advanced Choral Conducting. 3 crs. Advanced techniques of choral conducting, style and interpretation, and survey of choral literature and major composers. Prerequisite: MUSD-051 or consent of instructor. Spring semester only.

MUSD-053. Music in the Elementary School. 3 crs. Application of child development principles to music teaching on the elementary level. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Fall semester only.

MUSD-054. Music in the Secondary Schools. 3 crs. Application of adolescent and educational psychology principles to teaching music on the secondary level. Prereqs.: Education 145-005, 145-029; Theory MUSB-116, MUSB-016, MUSB-042; Music Literature MUSC-008; and Music Education MUSD-053 for all except Instrumental Minors. Spring semester only.

MUSD-057. Teaching and Supervision of Instrumental Music. 3 crs. Organization and administration of instrumental music in the schools in addition to laboratory experience with university bands. Prereqs.: MUSD-013, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 054.

MUSD-058. Instrumental Conducting. 3 crs. Chamber, orchestral, and band music, rehearsal techniques, special problems, and literature for secondary schools. Prereqs.: Instrumental Minor and MUSD-051.

MUSD-120, 121. Contemporary Trends in Music Education 1 cr. Modular courses in current approaches to music, teaching and learning. Required of all Music Education majors.

145-135. Student Teaching. 9 crs. Observation, seminars, and supervised teaching in accredited elementary and secondary schools. Prereqs.: Senior standing, completion of requirements with a cumulative 2.70 average in Music Education and Education and approved application form. **NOW OFFERED THROUGH SCHOOL OF EDUCATION SEED-135*

MUSD-150. Independent Study in Music Education. 3 crs. Individual projects approved by Music Education faculty and an assigned instructor.



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

Pic of Howard University jazz Ensemble ("HUJE")