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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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Advising Form - Undergraduate (MS Excel)
Advising Form - Graduate (MS Excel)
Audition Form (MS Word Doc - Enable Macros)
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Graduate Study Application (Web Form)
Major Declaration Form - Undergraduate (MS Word)
Recital Program Format (MS Word)
Recital Reservation Form (PDF)
Room Reservation Request Form (Web Form)
Scholarship Application Form (Department of Music) (Web Form)


Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the main Music Collection held in Founders Library, located directly across the Yard from the Fine Arts building.

Founders Library also maintains Music@Howard, an online collection of streaming performances featuring the HU Jazz Ensemble, the Choir, the Chorale, Afro Blue, the Symphony Orchestra and the Community Choir, as well as individual faculty and student performers.

Additionally, the Department of Music subscribes to Naxos, an online music library:

    • More than 93,750 CD-length recordings equivalent to 1,361,100 tracks uploaded, with addition of over 800 CD-length recordings every month;

    • Complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 640 labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, EMI Classics, Erato, Finlandia, Hänssler Classic, Harmonia Mundi, Hungaroton, Naïve, Naxos, Nonesuch, Nimbus, Ondine, RCA Records, Sony Classical, Teldec, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics;

    • Classical, Jazz, World, Classic Rock, Nostalgia music;

    • Wide range of standard and specialist repertoire;

    • Music notes, cover artwork, tracklist, instrumentation and publisher information;

    • Libretti and synopses of more than 700 operas; and

    • More than 40,000 composer and artist biographies

Students and faculty may access Naxos here: http://howard.naxosmusiclibrary.com/

Please note that you can only access the Naxos library using a computer that is connected to the Howard University network.


Howard University Academic Calendar 2015-2016 (rev. 09/28/15)

HU Department of Public Safety (Campus Police) - Telephone 202-806-1100.

University Parking and Transportation information, including Shuttle Schedule - Limited street parking is available for all on-campus events. It is recommended that patrons take Metro and use the Howard University Shuttle Service (free of charge) from the Shaw/Howard Metro Stop (Green Line) to the Cramton Auditorium Shuttle Stop on the main campus.

Registrar - The Office of the Registrar is the official Howard University repository of academic records. Located in Room 105 in the Administration Building, the Office of the Registrar is responsible for recording and reporting grades, issuing transcripts, certifying enrollment, coordinating class scheduling, managing consortia and domestic exchange programs and maintaining official student academic records.

Office of Student Financial Services.

Student Reference Manual - July 17, 2013. Issued by the Office of the Registrar. Please note:


"Personal factors, illness, or contradictory advice from any source are not acceptable grounds for seeking exemption from these rules and procedures."


Practice Rooms are provided for the exclusive use of currently validated Department of Music students and other HU students currently enrolled in Department of Music courses and private instruction.

To enter the Practice Area, students are required to sign in and show a current HU ID to the Security Officer on duty. Individual practice rooms are equipped with card key locks to support security and enhance student safety.

All students are required to comply with the Piano and Music Room Guidelines. Food & beverages are not permitted in the Practice Area. Infractions may result in formal citation and suspension of practice room privileges.

Please note that most areas of the Department of Music—including hallways, the band room and the practice area—are under active camera surveillance by the Howard University Department of Public Safety.

Practice Area Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM*
Sunday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM*

*Please be packed up and out of your practice room 15 minutes prior to closing in order to permit the Security Officer to make final rounds and secure the Practice Area.

The Practice Area is closed during Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring recesses, as well as during the summer months.



Congratulations to all our 2019 graduates!!!

The Department of Music Main Office summer hours are from 9 AM-5 PM Monday through Friday. The Department of Music does not have a summer session.

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Event Highlights

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



The Department of Music does not have a summer session. Please check back at the beginning of the academic year.



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

Pic of Howard University jazz Ensemble ("HUJE")

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

Pic of Howard University jazz Ensemble ("HUJE")