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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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FULL-TIME FACULTY

Benita Gladney
Assistant Professor


Coordinator of Music Education

Room LVC 3028
(202) 806-7099
benita.gladney@howard.edu

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Benita Gladney joined the Howard University faculty in Fall 2014. She earned her D.M.A. degree at the University of Georgia, and holds a Master of Music Education degree from Howard University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.

Dr. Gladney has over ten years of teaching experience in high school band programs and elementary general music, primarily in Atlanta and Chicago Public Schools.  As a band director, her performing groups consistently received superior ratings in music festivals.  Along with her teaching duties, she has served as an adjudicator for both concert and jazz band festivals. 

In 2010, Dr. Gladney established a band program at Moi Girls’ High School in Eldoret, Kenya.  ‘Kenya Play It’ has provided over 30 wind band instruments to the school.  Since band instruments are uncommon in Kenya, she travels every summer to the school to teach instrumental music lessons.  Thanks to her efforts, this project has provided these Kenyan students with an opportunity to learn to play a band instrument in a school setting. 

At Howard, Dr. Gladney teaches music education courses, supervises practicum and student teachers, and advises music education students.  Her primary research interests include music improvisation, urban music education and music teacher preparation.

Dr. Gladney is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and is currently serving as 2015-2016 president of the Washington DC Music Educators Association, a federated state association of NAfME. She is also a member of College Music Society, Jazz Education Network, and College Band Directors National Association.

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

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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

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