Undergraduate Study

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. 

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Degrees

Music Theory and Composition

The Composition program develops skills required of a music composer, including courses in orchestration and theoretical studies.

Composition majors are accepted by audition as piano, voice or instrumental minors. Upon completion of the second-year requirements with a 3.0 GPA in all theory courses through MUSB-042, students will be admitted to the upper division in the composition programs. A public recital of original compositions will be required of all Composition majors.

Chinyerem Ohia, Ph.D., Coordinator

Anthony Randolph, Paul Schultz

Course Descriptions

 

Major Concentrations

Jazz Studies

The Jazz Studies program develops skills in jazz performance, composition, arranging, and history; and offers an optional emphasis in Music Technology.

The Department of Music at Howard University initiated a comprehensive Jazz Studies Division in 1970, becoming the first historically black institution of higher learning to offer the bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. In 1983, the National Association of Schools of Music approved the master of music degree in Jazz Studies.

The objective of the Jazz Studies program is to preserve and perpetuate jazz through instruction, performance, and research. Included in the curriculum are improvisation, arranging, composing, history, digital music, and studies relating to the music business. Senior Recital is required.

Course Descriptions

Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education program provides the training to become a certified teacher of either vocal or instrumental music, grades K through 12, in the District of Columbia. This teaching certificate is reciprocal to more than 30 other states in the United States.

The Instrumental Emphasis program prepares students for work as Band Directors while the Vocal Emphasis program prepares students as Choral Directors.

Student Teaching is required in the final semster, and only after all major work has been completed. The following pre-requisites must be completed prior to student teaching:

• Students must pass Praxis I examination

• Students who are not piano minors must pass the Piano Proficiency examination prior to their 7th semester, and in order to achieve Senior classification.

• An average of "B" must be achieved in all Music Education and Education courses.


Course Descriptions

Instrumental Emphasis BM EDUCATION INSTR.

Piano Emphasis BM EDUCATION PIANO

Vocal Emphasis BM EDUCATION VOICE

Organ Emphasis BM EDUCATION ORGAN

 

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music Education (Piano) must take a total of 145 credits in the following: Music MUSB-003, MUSB-004, MUSB-011, MUSB-012, MUSB-016/116, MUSB-021, MUSB-022, MUSB-041, MUSB-042, MUSB-043, MUSB-124, MUSC-005, MUSC-006, MUSC-007, MUSC-008, MUSD-005, MUSD-006, MUSD-051, MUSD-052, MUSD-053, MUSD-054, MUSD-120, MUSD-121, 145-135, MUSE-111, MUSE-112, MUSE-121, MUSE-122, MUSE-131, MUSE-132, MUSE-141, MUSE-142, MUSE-153, MUSE-157, MUSG-011, MUSG-012, MUTL-011, MUTL-012, MUTL-021, MUTL-022, MUTL-031, MUTL-032, MUTO-011, MUTO-012, MUTO-021, MUTO-022, MUTO-031, MUTO-032, MUTO-041, and MUTP-100; Education 145-005, 145-029, 145-001, 145-039, and 145-160; 14 credits of electives. Foreign Language 001; 1 credit of an Ensemble elective; English ENGL 002 and ENGL 003; and 2 credits of Physical Education electives, and 1 credit of Freshman Orientation FAOR-101.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music Education (Voice) must take a total of 135-139 credits in the following: Music MUSB-003, MUSB-004, MUSB-011, MUSB-012, MUSB-016/116, MUSB-021, MUSB-022, MUSB-041, MUSB-042, MUSB-043, MUSB-124, MUSC-005, MUSC-006, MUSC-007, MUSC-008, MUSD-005, MUSD-006, MUSD-051, MUSD-052, MUSD-053, MUSD-054, MUSD-120, MUSD-121, MUSD-135, MUSG-111, MUSG-112, MUSG-122, MUSG-131, MUSG-132, MUSG-141, MUSG-142, MUSG-155, MUTL-011, MUTL-012, MUTL-021, MUTL-022, MUTL-031, MUTL-032, MUTO-011, MUTO-012, MUTO-021, MUTO-022, MUTO-031, MUTO-032, MUTO-041, and MUTP-100; English ENGL 002 and ENGL 003; Education 145-005, 145-029, 145-039, 145-001, and 145-160; French/German 062/001-002, 059/001-002, 12 credits of electives; 2 credits of Physical Education electives; 1 credit of Freshman Orientation FAOR-101.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music Education (Organ) must take a total of 144 credits in the following: MUSB-003, MUSB-004, MUSB-011, MUSB-012, MUSB-016/116, MUSB-021, MUSB-022, MUSB-041, MUSB-042, MUSB-043, MUSB-124, MUSC-005, MUSC-006, MUSC-007, MUSC-008, MUSD-005, MUSD-006, MUSD-051, MUSD-052, MUSD-053, MUSD-054, MUSD-120, MUSD-121, 145-135, MUSE-111, MUSE-112, MUSF-111, MUSF-112, MUSF-121, MUSF-122, MUSF-131, MUSF-132, MUSF-142, MUSF-153, MUSG-011, MUSG-012, MUTL-011, MUTL-012, MUTL-021, MUTL-022, MUTL-031, MUTL-032, MUTO-011, MUTO-012, MUTO-021, MUTO-022, MUTO-031, MUTO-032, MUTO-041, and MUTP-100; 2 credits of Physical Education electives; Education 145-005, 145-029, 145-039, MUSB-001, and 145-160; Foreign Language 001; 14 credits of electives, and 1 credit of Freshman Orientation FAOR-101.

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music Education (Band or Orchestral Instrument) take a total of 141 credits in the following: Principal Instrument 111, 112, 121, 122, 131, 132, 141, 142, Music MUSB-003, MUSB-004, MUSB-011, MUSB-012, MUSB-016/116, MUSB-021, MUSB-022, MUSB-041, MUSB-042, MUSB-043, MUSB-103, MUSC-005, MUSC-006, MUSC-007, MUSC-008, MUSD-005, MUSD-006, MUSD-051 MUSD-013, MUSD-014, MUSD-015, MUSD-016, MUSD-017, MUSD-018, MUSD-019, MUSD-051, MUSD-054, MUSD-057, MUSD-058, MUSD-120, MUSD-121, MUSE-011, MUSE-012, MUSE-021, MUSE-022, MUSH-111, MUTH-011, MUTH-012, MUTH-021, MUTH-022, MUTH-031, MUTH-032, MUTO-011, MUTO-012, MUTO-021, MUTO-022, MUTO-031, MUTO-032, MUTO-041, and MUTP-100; 1 credit of an Ensemble elective; English 008-022 and ENGL 003; Education 145-005,145-029, 145-039, 145-001 145-160; 14 credits of electives, 2 credits of Physical Education (if no marching band), and 1 credit of Freshman Orientation FAOR-101.

Benita Gladney, D.M.A., Coordinator

Music with Elective Studies in Business

The Music with Elective Studies in Business program is a Music Major program in either Performance or Jazz Studies, while taking additional courses in Business Administration.

Currently, the business courses include subjects such as economics, accounting, principles of marketing, and statisics.

The program requires an administrative internship in the arts community during the senior year.

Auditions are for acceptance into the Performance or Jazz Studies major areas. Senior Recital is required.

Valerie K. Eichelberger, M.M., Coordinator

Course Descriptions

Music History

The Music History program develops overall music scholarship and hones research skills.

Students will not be permitted to elect history as a major until they have completed MUSC-005 and MUSC-006 with grades of B or better. Students who major in the history of music must meet the requirements for a minor in piano and must appear creditably on student recitals in this subject. Candidates for graduation will be required to pass an oral examination before a music faculty committee. Students must maintain a B average in their major subject. At least two major projects must relate to an aspect of the black heritage in music. Senior thesis is required.

Matthew Franke, Ph.D., Coordinator

Course Descriptions

Performance

CURRICULUM

The Performance program focuses on developing the skill level and artistry required of a concert performer. Majors in Music Performance will complete the following minimum music requirements:

* 8 semesters of private lessons

* Qualifying Recital in the Junior Year

* Senior Recital in final semester

* 8 semesters of participation in large departmental ensemble

* 2 semesters of participation in small departmental ensemble

* 4 semesters of music theory

* 1 semester each of Counterpoint and Form and Analysis

* 4 semesters of music history

* 4 semesters of class piano (except piano majors and minors)

* 1 semester of conducting (instrumental or choral)

* 8 semesters of recital attendance

Additional music requirements in pedagogy and literature are required by each specific major (Orchestral Instruments and Guitar, Piano, Voice.) Please refer to the specific programs curricula for each major.

BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE
 

Liana Valente, D.M.A., Coordinator - Classical Voice

Karen Walwyn, D.M.A., Coordinator - Classical Piano

Fred Irby, III, M.M., Coordinator - Instrumental Music
 

Performance Faculty:

Classical Voice: Valerie K. Eichelberger, Gregory Hopkins

Classical Piano: Karen Walwyn

Instrumental Music: Michael Bunn, Alexander Jacobsen, Sais Kamalidiin, Gerard Kunkel, Joseph Lovinsky, Timothy Macek, Drew Owen, Richard Reed, William Richards, Paul Schultz, Uri Wassertzug, Tia Wortham, Charlie Young, III


Course Descriptions 

Classical Voice

Classical Piano

Instrumental Music

 

Music Therapy

The Music Therapy program provides the training to pass the Music Therapy Board Certification Examination.

Music Therapy majors are accepted by audition as instrumental, piano or voice minors. After successful completion of all HU academic requirements (including the Piano Proficiency examination prior to their 7th semester), students must complete a Music Therapy Clinical Internship at an AMTA approved site. Approval from the program coordinator is required to begin the Internship, after which the student will be qualified to sit for the Music Therapy Board Certification Examination.

Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in music who seek admission to Music Therapy program will have customized programs designed that fulfill all the requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. An audition, transfer of credits (up to 96 credits of courses with the grade of "C" or better from an accredited 4-year institution), and consultation with the program coordinator are required for acceptance as a transfer student or second bachelor's degree candidate.

A Senior Recital will be performed with permission of the student's performance instructor. Senior recital and successful completion of internship are required for graduation.

Henrik Karlsson, MA, MT-BC, Interim Coordinator

Course Descriptions

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 by Audition

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.

Auditions for admission in Spring 2019 and Fall 2019 are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, October 20, 2018 – for admission in Spring 2019 and early decision for admission in Fall 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019 – for admission in Fall 2019

Saturday, February 2, 2019 (alternate in case of inclement weather on January 26)

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – for admission in Fall 2019

Performance Area Coordinator Email
Classical - Instrumental Fred Irby, III firby@howard.edu
Classical - Organ Mickey Thomas Terry mickey.terry@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.