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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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HUJE in Amway Auditorium, Tokyo, Japan, 2007
Howard University Jazz Ensemble (HUJE)
Tokyo, Japan, 2007
Fred Irby III, director

Charlie Young, III, M.M.
, Coordinator - Instrumental Jazz Studies
Connaitre Miller, M.M., Coordinator - Vocal Jazz Studies
Guericke C. Royal, M.M., Coordinator - Technology Emphasis

Jazz Faculty: Jessica Boykin-Settles, Cyrus Chestnut, Kehembe Eichelberger, Fred Irby III, Sais Kamalidiin, Gerry Kunkel, John Mercer, Steve Novosel, Harold Summey, Jr., Shacara West

The Jazz Studies program develops skills in jazz performance, composition, arranging, and history; and offers an optional emphasis in Music Technology.


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(l to r) Baba Hugh Masekela,
Kehembe Eichelberger, Connaitre
Miller, Cyrus Chestnut, alumna
Akua Allrich (B.M. '00)

The Department of Music at Howard University initiated a comprehensive Jazz Studies Division in 1970, becoming the first historically black institution of higher learning to offer the bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. In 1983, the National Association of Schools of Music approved the master of music degree in Jazz Studies.

The objective of the Jazz Studies program is to preserve and perpetuate jazz through instruction, performance, and research. Included in the curriculum are improvisation, arranging, composing, history, digital music, and studies relating to the music business. Senior Recital is required.

Jazz Studies with Music Technology Emphasis

Undergraduate Jazz Studies majors may use one of the following schemes to add a concentration in Music Technology, which includes studies in MIDI sequencing, notation software, audio recording, and live sound reinforcement.


Instrument - Technology Emphasis

Piano - Technology Emphasis

Voice - Technology Emphasis


Students may be admitted to the technology program only after being accepted into the Jazz Studies program through audition.


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Formation of College of Fine Arts Postponed

8/6/2019. The University has revised the timeline for transforming the departments of Art, Theatre and Music, currently comprising The Division of Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, into a new College of Fine Arts. Read more...

Event Highlights

Many of our events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!



Jazz Choir Auditions
Tuesday, August 20, 2:10-3:30 PM, Childers Recital Hall (Rm 3001) and Thursday, August 22, 2 PM-, Room 3009, Lulu Vere Childers Hall - OPEN TO ALL INTERESTED HU STUDENTS!

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