Charlie Young, III, M.M., Coordinator - Instrumental Jazz Studies Connaitre Miller, M.M., Coordinator - Vocal Jazz Studie Guericke C. Royal, D.M.A., Coordinator - Technology Electives
Faculty: Jessica Boykin-Settles, Cyrus Chestnut, Christie Dashiell, Kehembe Eichelberger, Fred Irby, III, Saïs Kamalidiin, Gerard Kunkel, Steve Novosel, Harold Summey, Jr., Taylor Young
About the Program
Howard University initiated a comprehensive undergraduate Jazz Studies program in 1970, becoming the first historically black institution of higher learning to offer a Bachelor of Music 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.
Jazz Studies majors may add a concentration in Technology Electives, which includes studies in MIDI sequencing, notation software, audio recording, and live sound reinforcement. Students may be admitted to the Technology Electives concentration only after being accepted into the Jazz Studies program through audition.
All students majoring in Jazz Studies minor in an instrument, piano or voice. A successful Qualifying Recital is required in the fourth semester of study and a successful Senior Recital is required for graduation.
In order to be considered for admission to the Department of Music undergraduate program, all applicants must (1) apply to the University; and (2) audition and interview with the Department of Music. Please comply with all application and audition requirements:
l-r: Special guest artist and friend of the Department of Music, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela (1939-2018), with Kehembe Eichelberger (Coordinator of Music with Elective Studies in Business), Connaitre Miller (Coordinator of Jazz Voice Studies), Cyrus Chestnut (Master Instructor of Jazz Piano and Improvisation) and Akua Allrich (B.M. '00 Jazz Studies)