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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 STUDY


- Undergraduate Degree Programs for Music Majors
- Undergraduate Admissions
- Minor in Music for Non-Music Majors
- Academic Minor for Music Majors
- Private Lessons for Students Outside the Department of Music
- Course Descriptions
- Performance Requirements
- Recital Scheduling & Printed Program Requirements
- Special Requirements
- Professional Societies
- Policies and Handbooks

 


UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR MUSIC MAJORS

The Howard University Department of Music awards the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree with majors in seven areas:

Music Theory and Composition

Jazz Studies


Music Education

Music with Elective Studies in Business

Music History

Performance

Music Therapy

Department of Music Academic Program Updates

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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

 


Professor Royal shares his
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Admission to the University. All applicants to the Department of Music must apply to the University and satisfy Howard University academic requirements before being admitted to the Department. Prospective students are encouraged to read and comply with the University admission process and deadlines as set forth by the University Office of Admission.

Admission to the Department of Music. All new applicants to the Department of Music must present a successful audition in order to be admitted to the Department. Former students who have not been enrolled in the Department for two or more consecutive semesters must re-audition.

Generally, auditions are held on campus according to a published schedule, but special appointments may be arranged when necessary. When an in-person audition is not feasible, an applicant may request permission to submit a recorded audition.

It is the applicant's responsibility to contact the appropriate Performance Area Coordinator to schedule an audition prior to published deadlines:

Classical - Instrumental:

Fred Irby, III

firby@howard.edu

Classical - Piano:

Karen Walwyn

kwalwyn@howard.edu

Classical - Voice:

Liana Valente

liana.valente@howard.edu

Jazz - Instrumental:

Charlie Young, III

cyoung@howard.edu

Jazz - Vocal:

Connaitre Miller

conmiller@howard.edu



Audition Requirements.
All auditions should include technical exercises, scales and arpeggii, and at least three compositions of different periods and in different styles.

Additionally, please note the specific audition requirements in the following areas:

Jazz Studies

Performance Majors

String Studies

Please download and complete an audition form and bring it with you to your audition.

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MINOR IN MUSIC

A student enrolled as a major in another department in the College of Arts and Sciences may apply to enter the Department of Music as a Music Minor. After a successful audition and approval by the Department of Music Chair, the student will consult with an Area Coordinator to devise a scheme of courses totaling a minimum of 18 credit hours. Music Minors will also take both the Theory and Piano placement tests.

All music minor course schemes must be designed in consultation wth the Department of Music Area Coordinator directing the desired area of concentration.

Music Minor, Non-Jazz Emphasis

In consultation with an area coordinator, courses will be chosen using the following guidelines:

MUSB 003

Elem Ear Training/Sight Singing I

2 credits

MUSB 004

Elem Ear Training/Sight Singing II

2 credits

MUSB 021

Elementary Harmony I

3 credits

MUSB 022

Elementary Harmony II

3 credits

MUSC xxx

Music Literature/History (1 course)

3 credits

MUxx xxx

Performance (instruction): minimum of 3 [1] hour courses

3 credits

MUxx xxx

Ensembles: minimum of 2 [1] hour courses 

2 credits

TOTAL

18 credit hours


Additional courses may be freely selected, while observing any prerequisites.


Music Minor, Jazz Emphasis

Course schemes will total a minimum of 18 credit hours. In consultation with the Jazz Studies Coordinator, course scheme will include the following courses:

MUSB 003

Elem Ear Training/Sight Singing I (required)

2 credits

MUSB 004

Elem Ear Training/Sight Singing II (required)

2 credits

MUSB 021

Elementary Harmony I (required)

3 credits

MUSB 022

Elementary Harmony II (required)

3 credits

MUSI 110

Jazz History (required)

3 credits

MUxx 111-131

Principal Instrument/Jazz Voice Instruction

1 credit each

MUxx xxx

Jazz Ensemble or Elective Ensemble

1 credit each

MUSH 011-042

Improvisation

2 credits each

MUSE xxx

Keyboard Class(es)

1 credit each

TOTAL

18 credit hours minimum


Other courses may be added/substituted with the Jazz Studies Coordinator's approval, while observing any prerequisites.

For additional information on the Music Minor program, please contact Anthony Randolph.

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ACADEMIC MINOR FOR MUSIC MAJORS

A music major may elect to pursue an academic minor in another undergraduate school or college at Howard University. Such minors will usually require 18 hours of credit which may be taken concurrently with the prescribed music curriculum. Students electing an academic minor may expect to add 6 to 12 hours to the total hours normally required for graduation.

The selection of an academic minor must be declared in writing and submitted to the music advisor and the student must consult with the appointed advisor in the academic field.

The academic minor does not replace the private instruction and other courses labeled "Minor" required in the various music curricula.

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PRIVATE LESSONS FOR STUDENTS OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Registration for private instruction in music performance (vocal or instrumental) by students enrolled in degree programs other than those offered by the Department of Music requires the approval of the Associate Dean of the Division of Fine Arts. Such approval will be granted only after the student has been interviewed and/or auditioned, and only when space in private performance classes permits. These courses are listed as Oboe Major I, Voice Minor III, etc.

There may be additional fees assessed for non-majors receiving private one-on-one instruction in music performance.

Majors in the School of Education who enroll in the courses: An Introduction to the Fine Arts and Fine Arts in the Elementary Schools will be required to study the piano if they do not already possess minimal skills as determined by the instructor. Such instruction will be provided as a part of the course and no additional charge will be made.

Practice rooms are provided by the Department of Music only for music majors, music minors, and other students of the Department, including those enrolled in private instruction and members of listed ensembles. Students enrolled in private or group lessons are expected to practice daily.

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Important
Announcements

04/10/18 Students applying for financial aid through the Department of Music should complete the Department's online application ASAP. Deadline for receipt is April 25, 2018.

Prospective students interested in attending the Department of Music in Fall 2018, but who missed the established audition dates, should contact Ms Shawn Hart in the Department's office ASAP.

The University Academic Calendar 2017-2018 has been updated! (rev. 01/15/2018)

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Event Highlights

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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

NEA 2018 Jazz Masterclass with DIANNE REEVES - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 17, 12:40pm FREE

HUJE featuring Special Guest Artist GARY BARTZ - Ira Aldridge Theater, Thu, April 19, 12:40pm FREE

String Students in Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 24, 12:40pm FREE

Jazz Choir Concert featuring AFRO BLUE, SASSY and HU JAZZ SINGERS - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 25, 7:30pm FREE

Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert - Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, April 29, 4pm FREE

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PAST EVENTS:

Taylor Young, Jazz Voice – Master of Music Qualifying Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, March 30, 12pm FREE

Howard University Jazz Ensemble - Westminster Presbyterian Church, Fri, Mar 30, 6-9pm $

Logan Johnson – Senior Composition Recital - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, Mar 30, 7pm FREE

HUJE Easter Vigil - Peoples Congregational UCC, Sat, March 31, 4pm FREE

Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra - Childers Recital Hall, Thu, April 5, 12:40pm FREE

Afro Blue in Concert - Kennedy Center Jazz Club, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Fri, April 6, 7 & 9 pm BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT!

Panel Discussion: "INDEPENDENT: A Start to Finish Guide for Your Recording Project" - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, April 10, 10:10am FREE

Vocal Master Class with Soprano Lisa Gwyn Daltirus - Childers Recital Hall, Wed, April 11, 12pm FREE

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