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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

Classical Piano Studies


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

MUSE-011, 012. Functional Piano I and II. 1 cr. ea. Scales, chords, transposition, and harmonization for students with minimal background in piano.

MUSE-021, 022. Functional Piano III and IV. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSE-011, 012. Preparation for the proficiency examination. Prereqs.: MUSE-011, 012, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-031, 032. Functional Piano V and VI. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSE-021, 022. Preparation for the proficiency examination. Prereqs.: MUSE-021, 022, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-041, 042, Functional Piano VII and VIII. 1 cr. ea. Continuation of MUSE-031, 032. Preparatioon for the Proficiency Exam. Prereqs. MUSE-031,032, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-051. Piano Proficiency Examination. 0 cr. Required of all UG music majors when piano is not the main performance area. Examination must be passed before Senior status is awarded. MUSE 011- 022 Functional Piano I-IV are recommended before taking the exam.

MUSE-100 and 101. Beginning Piano for Music Theater Majors. 1 cr. ea. Beginning piano classes for Music Theater Majors. Prereq. for MUSE 101 is MUSE 100, or a placement exam.

MUSE-111, 112. Piano Minor. 2 crs. ea. Study of the basic principles of piano playing, including scales, arpeggios, easy etudes, Bach and selected Romantic works.

MUSE-121, 122. Piano Minor. 2 crs. ea. Includes scales, arpeggios (four octaves), Bach short works, sonatinas, and selected Romantic and Modern works. Prereqs.: MUSE-111, 112, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-131, 132. Piano Minor. 2 crs. ea. Continuation of technical work with Czerny Opus 299; Bach Two-and Three-Part Inventions, Haydn sonatas, selected Romantic works. Prereqs.: MUSE-121, 122, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-141, 142. Piano Minor. 2 crs. ea. Expansion of technical work, including Bach WTC, sonatas of Mozart and Beethoven, and selected Romantic and Contemporary works. Recital required. Prereqs.: MUSE-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-151, 152. Piano Minor. 2 crs. ea. Further expansion of technical work, including Bach WTC, Classical sonatas, Romantic and Modern works. Recital required. Prereqs.: MUSE-141, 142, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-153, 154. Vocal Accompanying. 2 crs. ea. Provides technical and practical experience in the art of accompanying. Prereqs: MUSE-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-157, 158. Piano Pedagogy. 2 crs. ea. Instruction in teaching piano at all levels, with lecture, discussion, and demonstration. Prereqs.: MUSE-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-171. Piano Literature. 2 crs. A survey of solo keyboard works, English Virginalists to Beethoven, performance, stylistic analysis. Prereqs.: MUSE-131, 132, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-172. Piano Literature. 2 crs. A survey of solo keyboard works, Schubert to present, performance, stylistic analysis. Prereqs.: MUSE 131, 132, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-211, 212. Piano Major. 4 crs. ea. Scales and arpeggios (four octaves), Czerny Opus 299, Bach Two- and Three-Part Inventions; Haydn and Mozart sonatas, and Romantic works.

MUSE-221, 222. Piano Major. 4 crs. ea. Scales, Czerny, Cramer studies, Bach WTC, sonatas, and Romantic works. Qualifying Recital. Prereqs.: MUSE-211, 212, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-231, 232. Piano Major. 4 crs. ea. Continuation of technical and repertory work, with a technical examination. Prereqs.: MUSE-221, 222, or consent of instructor.

MUSE-241, 242. Piano Major. 4 crs. ea. Continuation of MUSE-231, 232. Public graduation recital required. Prereqs.: MUSE-231, 232, 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:

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

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SELECT PAST EVENTS:

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

 

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