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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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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.

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.

 
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Aerial view of Howard University Main Campus. Childers Hall is at top, center of left half of photo.


The third floor houses administrative offices of the Department; a 112-seat recital hall furnished with two Steinway grand pianos (a 9' Model D concert grand and a 7' Model B); 19 faculty teaching studios; a pipe organ studio; four classrooms for courses in music theory, history, education, and therapy; and a Smart Room (a 43-seat, theater-style classroom equipped for contemporary media presentations).

 
Childers Hall – Main Entrance
Keyboard Lab

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.

 
Electronic Music Lab
Digital 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 adequate in size, and the forced-air HVAC system is satisfactory. Sound abatement material is installed on the cinder block walls, and each room has an acoustical dropped tile ceiling.

The Department of Music owns 25 grand pianos, 35 uprights, 14 electronic pianos, two harpsichords, two pipe organs, and one Hammond electronic organ. 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.

 
Childers Hall – Main Entrance
Childers Recital Hall


Departmental recitals are usually presented in Childers Recital Hall on the third floor, and occasionally in Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel where a grand piano and a three-manual pipe organ are available. In addition, the Department of Music may schedule major or large-scale performance activities in 1500-seat Cramton Auditorium or 300-seat Ira Aldridge Theater, both of which adjoin Childers Hall.

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Event Highlights

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

UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS:

10th Annual Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration - April 2017

* Howard University Choir Spring Concert - Ira Aldridge Theater, Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 7 PM. FREE

* Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert featuring Dr. Liana Valente, Soprano Soloist - Ira Aldridge Theater, Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 3 PM. FREE

* Duo Piano Concert to Benefit the Deprtment of Music - Childers Recital Hall, Sun, May 7, 2017, 5 PM. DONATIONS ACCEPTED AT THE DOOR

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PREVIOUS HIGHLIGHTS:

* Singing South Asia: Special Guest Performance by Pakistan’s Sanam Marvi & Arieb Azhar - Childers Recital Hall, Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 12:40 PM. FREE

• Sundance Institute Film Music Program presents Peter Golub, Director. Opportunity to apply for Summer Institute - Childers Recital Hall, Fri, Mar 3, 2017, 12:40 PM. FREE

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