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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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WHAT'S NEW FOR 2011-2012

Howard University recently completed an intense review of its academic programs. As such, the Board of Trustees has authorized the change of the Bachelor of Music Education program to now be administered as a concentration under the Bachelor of Music program, as a concentration in Music Education. The program content, requirements, and teaching certification awarded (DC) are unchanged by this transition in title. The Bachelor of Music (in Music Education) program remains an accredited, professional degree program under the National Association of Schools of Music.

Also authorized is the change of the Master of Music Education program to now be administered as a concentration under the Master of Music program. This program's content and requirements are also unchanged by this transition in title. The Master of Music (in Music Education) program remains an accredited, professional degree program under the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Department of Music has maintained its accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music since 1944, when Howard University became the first institution accredited for music in the Washington, DC area.

Additionally, all curricula have been reviewed, resulting in a reduction of credit requirements for all undergraduate programs. The new schemes are marked "effective Fall 2011" and apply to all incoming students and former students returning (FSR) Continuning students have the option to adopt the new schemes. Please contact the Coordinators of individual programs for additional information.

WHAT'S NEW FOR 2010-2011

These courses are effective immediately unless otherwise noted.

New Courses


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.

MUTO- 111 Qualifying Recital. (UG Performance Majors) 0 cr. Required in Sophomore/ Junior year for BM in Performance Majors.

MUTO- 112 Senior Recital. 0 cr. Required in Senior year for Music Majors.

MUSJ-103. Voice Class for Instrumental Majors. (Music Therapy Instrumental Majors) 1 cr. Course designed to introduce the fundamentals of vocal song performance to instrumentalists. Includes group singing, folk, and traditional songs.

MUSD-021. Instrumental Pedagogy. (UG Instrumental Performance Majors) 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.


MUTO- 311. Qualifying Recital Grad. (MM Jazz Studies Degrees) 0 cr. Required by the end of the first 2 semesters for M.M. Jazz Studies candidates.

MUTO- 312 Graduate Recital. 0 cr. Required for all graduating M.M. candidates and MMEd Recital Option candidates.

MUSC 311 Expository Writing Exam. (All Graduate Students) 0 cr. Required entrance examination for all MM and MMEd candidates.

MUSC 312 Oral Comprehensive Exam (All Graduate Students) 0 cr. Required final examination for all MM and MMEd candidates.


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.



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Event Highlights

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



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Professor Chris Royal discusses various apps available to speed up learning - Thu, Sep 5, 12:40-1:30 PM, Childers Recital Hall (Rm 3001) - FREE

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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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