The nerve center of The School of Music is the Music Building, the main structure among our four buildings.
On five levels (yes, there are elevators) you can find many class- and practice rooms as well as faculty studios and offices for the musicology, composition-theory, strings, brass, woodwinds, and music education divisions. The Music Building houses many helpful members of the administrative staff as well.
The Auditorium is often awash in sound—from buzzing trumpeters in the early morning, struggling methods classes and large history courses at more reasonable hours, and students happy for the warm acoustics that enhance their recitals still later in the day. A recording studio off the Auditorium is kept busy preserving nearly 400 concerts a year by the School’s students and faculty. On the building’s second level, the Musicological Archives for Renaissance Manuscript Studies, include some 2,300 microfilms, more than 90% of the known sources of polyphony from 1400-1550, all catalogued in a Census. The Hymn Tune Index can lead you to more than 3,000 sources of English-language hymnody. The Archive of Ethnomusicology holds more than 2,000 tapes representing 328 collections of field recordings.
Venturing higher in the building, you can view or use the Experimental Music Studio, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the United States, the Computer Music Project, a new Yamaha digital piano lab, and a computer-assisted instructional lab CAMIL. The Music Building is open 7:00 a.m. to midnight (no entry after 10:00 p.m.) when classes are in session. Special schedules are posted on Music Building doors.