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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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FACILITIES


The Department of Music occupies the third floor and basement of Lulu Vere Childers Hall – the Division of Fine Arts building. These facilities are for the exclusive use of validated students enrolled in Department of Music courses and ensembles.

Opened in 1961, Childers Hall is a three-story brick and cinder block structure which forms the north side of the main quad (aka "The Yard") at the heart of the University's main campus.

 
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Aerial view of Howard University Main Campus. Childers Hall is at top, center of left half of photo.


The third floor houses administrative offices of the Department; a 112-seat recital hall furnished with a 7' Model B Steinway grand piano; 19 faculty teaching studios; a pipe organ studio; four classrooms for courses in music theory, history, education, and therapy; and a Smart Room (a 43-seat, theater-style classroom equipped for contemporary media presentations).

 
Childers Hall – Main Entrance
Keyboard Lab

In addition, two laboratories are located on the third floor:

• A Keyboard Laboratory containing eleven Yamaha PF85 and P105 electronic pianos for group instruction. When there are no classes scheduled in the Keyboard Lab, it is available for individual practice with headphones during normal business hours.

• A Jazz Studies Digital Music Laboratory comprising multiple work stations that include an iMac computer, keyboard/synthesizer, stereo speakers and headphones. In addition, the laboratory contains state-of-the-art, studio-quality recording and playback equipment.

 
Electronic Music Lab
Digital Music Lab


The basement area of Childers Hall houses a band rehearsal room, band offices, band storage rooms, five teaching studios, and 23 practice rooms, most of which are equipped with an upright or grand piano, and one with a pipe organ. The practice rooms are of average size (10'x10'), and served by a central forced-air HVAC system. Sound abatement material is installed on the cinder block walls, and each room has an acoustical dropped tile ceiling.

The Department of Music owns 27 grand pianos, 35 uprights, 18 electronic pianos, one harpsichord, and two pipe organs. Furthermore, the Department receives support from the area of University Services (Office of Choirs and Bands) which provides a wide range of musical instruments that all University students may be permitted to use.

 
Childers Hall – Main Entrance
Childers Recital Hall


Departmental recitals are presented in Childers Recital Hall on the third floor, and occasionally in Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel where a grand piano and a three-manual pipe organ are available. In addition, the Department of Music often schedule larger ensemble performances, including orchestra, wind ensemble, choir and jazz ensemble concerts, in 1,500-seat Cramton Auditorium or 300-seat Ira Aldridge Theater, both of which adjoin Childers Hall.

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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:

Jazz Ensemble ("HUJE") at Westminster
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, WDC - Fri, April 19, 6-9pm $5 Admission

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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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SELECT PAST EVENTS:

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

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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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