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Student Responsibilities

In an effort to maintain our beautiful building as the showplace it is, we remind you of the following ways in which you can help:

Take pride in our department and facilities.

  • Do not leave your papers, soda cans, cafeteria trays, and such items around the building.
  • Use the trash cans provided, and don’t be afraid to remind others to do the same.
  • Do not sit on tables, pianos, equipment, etc. Use the benches and chairs provided.
  • Keep your feet off the walls.
  • Refrain from putting any kinds of stickers or labels on the lockers. It looks tacky.
  • Post announcements ONLY on bulletin boards, NEVER on the walls. Use tacks or push pins, never staples.
    Get permission from the department office to post items on any restricted bulletin boards.

Practice room rules:

  • Do not use the acoustical panel as a bulletin board.
  • Do not use the piano as a shelf.
  • Brass players will please use towels or newspaper to catch condensation from your instruments. The oil from it will quickly ruin carpeting.
  • Do not cover the practice room window.
  • Do not lock the doors.
  • Please return any equipment (i.e. stands, chairs, instruments, etc.) to the place where you found it. If you practice in a classroom, put stands and chairs away when you finish.

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Music Student Identification Card

To ensure your access to Music Department facilities, concerts, and special events, it is advisable that you get a photo identification card from the Department office. Department IDs are processed at posted times during the first two weeks of classes.

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Practice Room Hours

Open M-F 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11: 00 p.m. on weekends. The campus is closed during the week between Christmas day and New Year’s day.

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Rehearsal Spaces

These are arranged in the department office on a space-available basis.

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Instrument and Equipment Loans

If you wish to borrow an instrument or other equipment from the department, follow these procedures:

  • Obtain a verification form from the department technician.
  • Have this form signed by the appropriate instructor and return it to the department technician.
  • Upon receiving the instrument/equipment, you will need to sign a liability form, indicating you accept full responsibility for the item on loan. If it is lost or stolen while in your possession (on or off campus), you will be required to pay for its replacement. You are also required to pay for damage resulting from negligence or improper use.

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Use of Special Instruments

The Elizabeth V. Lyles Pipe Organ in the Concert Hall was built by the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company in St. Louis, Missouri and installed in 1996. It is a two-manual (56 note) and pedal (30 note) instrument of twenty stops, with mechanical key and stop action. This instrument is used for teaching, practice, concerts and other community/educational events. In order to accommodate the variety of uses, scheduling and care of the instrument is under the aegis of the department’s organ instructor. Contact the department office for additional information.

The Ruckers Harpsichord is housed in the Concert Hall in a special enclosure to control temperature and humidity. This instrument is used only in the Concert Hall, and is not moved to different locations. Students using harpsichord will ordinarily practice on the Neupert harpsichord, which is also housed in the Concert Hall. Practicing in preparation for recitals or other performances may be done on the Ruckers, but must be scheduled through the department office.

The Disk-Klavier is a special piano that allows soloists to practice with a prerecorded accompaniment. Use of this instrument must be scheduled through the department office and is for the use of music students only. Because this instrument is heavily used, practice times are limited to 2 hours at a time. Please use the sign up sheet on the door of the practice room to insure your time with this instrument.

Some of the practice rooms are designated for the use of piano majors only. Please respect this restriction.

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