Campus & Department of Music Facilities

Aerial View of the Howard University Main Campus

Aerial photo of Howard University campus

Lulu Vere Childers Hall (Fine Arts Building) is at top, in center of left half of photo.
Founders Library is opposite, on the south side of the Quad, in the center of the photo.

Department of Music 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, and students of Musical Theatre.

Looking into the bell of a trumpet

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.

The third floor houses administrative offices of the Department; a 112-seat recital hall furnished with a 7' Model B Steinway grand piano, a 9' Model D Steinway grand piano, and a single-manual harpsichord; 19 faculty teaching studios; a pipe organ studio; four classrooms for courses in music theory, history, education, and therapy; and a 43-seat, theater-style Lecture Hall.

Pic of Keyboard Classroom

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.

Pic of Electronic 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.

Picture of Childers Recital Hall

The Department of Music owns 31 grand pianos, 35 uprights, 18 electronic pianos, two harpsichords, 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.

Departmental recitals are presented in Childers Recital Hall on the third floor. In addition, the Department of Music occasionally 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.