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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 Voice

Dr. Liana Valente accompanied by Ms Laurie Bunn

MUSG-003. Voice Instruction (Class). 1 cr. Fundamentals of voice production. For Music Minors with vocal emphasis.

MUSG-031. Voice Class for Instrumental Majors. 2 crs. Fundamentals of voice production and problems commonly encountered in music education or therapy. Required of Music Education and Music Therapy non-vocal majors.

MUSG-111, 112. Voice Minor. 2 crs. each. Private instruction in the principles of breathing, phonetics, and diction; vocalises for sustained singing; scales and arpeggios; five English songs; and songs of the black heritage.

MUSG-121, 122. Voice Minor. 2 crs. ea. Private instruction. Consists of vocalises to meet the individual needs of the student, five songs in English and other languages, a German lieder, and easy arias.

MUSG-131, 132. Voice Minor. 2 crs. ea. Same description as MUSG-121, 122/003, 004.

MUSG-141, 142.Voice Minor. 2 crs. ea. Private instruction. Technical Studies, six songs by modern composers. French songs, and two or more arias. Recital required.

MUSG-156. Diction. 2 crs. Fall semester only.

MUSG-157. Solo Vocal Literature. 3 crs. Spring semester only.

MUSG-155. Vocal Pedagogy. 3 crs. Fall semester only.

MUSG-171-174. Opera Ensemble Workshop. 1 cr. Repertoire, interpretation and performance of operatic chamber ensemble literature (trios, quartets, quintets , and larger). Prereqs.: must be enrolled in private voice study (major, minor) AND by consent of the instructor.

MUSG-211, 212. Voice Major. 3 crs. ea. Instruction in breathing, phonetics, development of tone, legato singing, agility, and major and minor scales and arpeggios.

MUSG-221, 222. Voice Major. 3 crs. ea. Agility, sustained singing, classical vocal embellishments, and major and minor scales and arpeggios. Preparation for qualifying recital. Prereqs.: MUSG-211, 212, or consent of instructor.

MUSG-231, 232. Voice Major. 3 crs. ea. Major and minor scales and arpeggios, German art songs, and arias. Prereqs.: MUSG-221, 222, or consent of instructor. Qualifying recital required.

MUSG-241, 242. Voice Major. 3 crs. ea. Major and minor scales and arpeggios; music; German lieder; and Spanish, Russian, and French songs. Prereqs.: MUSG-231, 232, or consent of instructor. Recital required.



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

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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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")