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Music Library and Music Lab

The Music Library consists of a collection of records, compact discs, tapes, scores, videotapes and computer-aided theory and musicianship programs providing study aids for the faculty and students of the department. All items must remain in the department offices at all times. There are 5 rooms available for listening, video viewing, and projects for the recording classes. The listening rooms are equipped with record, compact disc and cassette players. One of the listening rooms is equipped with a computer, with software available for a variety of music theory and musicianship programs, and a video monitor for videotape viewing. Listening rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rooms cannot be held or reserved.

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The Music Library is housed in Room 129 (the Music Office) on the ground floor of the Music Building.

Hours and Policies
Regular hours for the Music Office are posted.

The normal schedule is:

  • Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday 7-10 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Sunday 12 -3 p.m.

In the event of long holiday weekends, the building is usually closed Saturday and Sunday but open Monday evening. Summer hours are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Materials do not circulate outside the library. Students must present a current CPSU ID card in order to use the facilities and materials. Federal copyright laws prohibit taping (copying) of recorded materials.
No food, beverages, or smoking are allowed in the listening facilities.

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The collection of recordings is organized to serve the needs of the department curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the listening and study requirements of the courses offered by the department. The collection consists, therefore, of the history of traditional Western music, non-Western music (to serve the needs of World Music courses) and the history of American jazz. The collection also consists of scores of standard works which can be used in conjunction with the recordings. The Music Library also contains a number of basic reference materials such as Baker's Dictionary of Music, The Harvard Dictionary of Music, and The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments.

Music Lab

Located in Room 101 of the Music Building, this facility offers 14 electronic keyboard stations (Yamaha Clavinova) for instruction and practice, particularly in theory and musicianship. Hours of available practice times vary from quarter to quarter. Schedules will be posted outside the classroom, or check in the Music Office for times. Computers have been installed at a number of the sations, offering several drill programs for musicianship skills.

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Robert E. Kennedy Library (University Library)

The Robert E. Kennedy Library contains an extensive collection of music books, periodicals and scores. It has some listening facilities in the Learning Resources Center. In the Reference Section there is a recent edition of the New Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians and a copy of the MGG (Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart-for those who read German).

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"Use" Fee

A quarterly $10.00 fee is assessed of all students who wish to sign up for practice rooms, check out a locker (for instrumentalists), or to use a school instrument. The quarterly fee covers all three items. A separate fee of $10.00 is required when taking courses involving the synthesis lab or the recording classes. Fees are paid at the CashierÕs Window of the Administration Building. The "use fee" can be paid for an entire year ($30.00), with refunds available if the student does not use facilities and/or equipment for all 3 quarters. The receipt must be retained and shown to the Music Department to arrange lockers, practice rooms and instruments.

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Sound Design Studio (Room 125) (See "Use" Fee)

The Sound Design (electronic and computer) Music Studio serves as a resource for the music technology courses and student and faculty projects. It includes both analog and digital synthesis capabilities as well as a complement of studio processing and recording equipment. Built on the Apple Macintosh platform, the studioÕs individual workstations support software synthesis, digital sound editing, hardware synthesis, and sampling. The studio is networked by both audio and MIDI lines. Access to data bases is provided by an ISDN terminal in the studio.

Studio time is in great demand and limited. Priority for time in the studio is given to classes in sound design, then to special projects related to course work, and finally to extracurricular projects. Scheduling is handled through the coordinator of the sound design program.

A $10.00 "use" fee is assessed quarterly of all students using the studios.

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Department-Owned Instruments (See "Use" Fee above)

The Music Department maintains a large inventory of instruments for use only by students in music classes. The policies for using the Department instruments are available from the Music Department. Failure to return a department instrument by the due date will result in a monetary hold being placed on the student's records.

The department also owns a collection of modern and historic keyboard instruments including 1 9-foot Steinway concert grand piano and 1 7-foot Yamaha artist grand piano, and 1 harpsichord. The Performing Arts Center houses concert instruments, including a 40-rank C.B. Fisk tracker action pipe organ and a Regier reproduction of a Walther fortepiano.

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Practice Rooms (see "Use" Fee above)

The ground level area of the Music Building houses practice rooms available to all students enrolled in a music course who have paid a use fee (see "Music Use" fee above). Music majors taking private lessons on piano are provided rooms with grand pianos whenever possible. Information concerning rooms and other space reservations is available in the Music Office, Room 129. The practice rooms are unlocked during the following hours: Monday through Thursday 7 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. During the summer, the practice rooms are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Students cannot use practice rooms to teach private lessons.

Absolutely no food, beverages, or smoking are allowed in the practice rooms.

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Instrument Lockers

  • The purpose of lockers is to reduce damage to and loss of state-owned instruments which otherwise might be left unsecured and unattended.
  • CPSU assumes neither responsibility nor liability for instruments and equipment stored in Music Department lockers.
  • Lockers not assigned for state-owned instruments may be available for storage of private instruments.
  • The use of lockers and instruments will be reviewed each quarter by the department. Renewal of an instrument and/or locker requires paying a “use” fee and presenting it to the appropriate individual. “Music Use fees” can be paid for an entire year, eliminating the need to renew check-outs each quarter. State instruments must be returned at the end of the year. Since school instruments are sent out to be thoroughly checked and repaired during the summer, instruments are generally not available during that time.
  • The Department Chair approves all exceptions to the assignment of school instruments and lockers.
  • Failure to return a locker key by the contract due date will result in a monetary hold being placed on the student’s records.

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Student Mailboxes

Each music major will be assigned a mailbox located in the lobby of the Music Building. Mailboxes should be checked on a daily basis for important information and handouts.

Music Stands

Students are expected to own their own wire stands and use them when Department stands are unavailable.

Recordings of Recitals and Concerts

Students proficient and competent in recording techniques are eligible to work as a recording assistant for the department. This activity is coordinated by Benjamin Reveley, the Department Technician. Typical assignments include recording department ensemble concerts, student recitals, and guest lecture-demonstrations. Students interested in being recording assistants should contact Benjamin Reveley (Room 129F -756-6835; 471-5121 cell). Copies of recorded events are available for a charge.

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General Information & Fees
The sound design program attempts to provide recording assistants and equipment for concerts, events, and recitals sponsored by the Music Department. To ensure high quality recordings and to offer these services efficiently, it is necessary for you to complete the Request for Recording Services form as accurately and fully as possible. This form should be submitted at the same time that you submit the forms for concert, project, or recital approval.

Music majors are required to have recitals and performance related senior projects recorded. Although you are not required to utilize the recording arts program services, it is expected and in your best interest that your recordings be of professional quality. Minimum fees are charged for our services. These fees cover the costs of personnel to record the concert, equipment, and DVD/CD. The minimum charge for recording is $75 for an on-campus 1 hour recital. If additional services are needed or special circumstances are present in your concert, there may be additional costs. Additional charges ($125 minimum) could be applied for off-campus events.

Current recordings of Music Department recitals are stored in the iTunes library on the Music Department listening room computers (Rooms 129B-129E).

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The Request for Recording Services form should be submitted to Ben Reveley (or deposited in his box) when you submit the recital or project forms to the Music Office. You will then receive a notice acknowledging that your recital or project has been scheduled or that there is a conflict hindering scheduling. You will also be notified of the fee for providing the requested recording services, along with any additional fees. Upon notification that your event has been scheduled, this fee must be paid promptly. Similarly, if you have been notified of some conflict in scheduling, you should quickly resolve this conflict by contacting Ben Reveley. Concerts, performance projects, and recitals are always scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, planning in advance is recommended.

It is important that each request for recording an event be placed on a separate form. Additional forms are available in the Music Office. Ensemble directors are urged to complete forms early for their concerts, and to attach a concert program to supplement (but not take the place of) the information on the form. As the date of your event approaches, you will be forwarded a final form requesting repertoire, accurate timings, and information about special performance arrangements. This form must be completed and returned promptly to Ben Reveley (or deposited in his mail box).