A collection of recordings is housed on the third floor of the Ingram Library, adjacent to the music scores. Students may listen to compact discs or digital files at listening stations located in carrels on the first floor of the library's west wall. Recordings and scores may also be checked out of the library on a limited basis.
Numerous computers are available for student use in the Ingram Library and in various academic buildings on campus. The Humanities Building houses computer labs for general use in HUM 145. The Music Technology (MIDI) Lab is located in HUM 141.
The Music Technology (MIDI) Lab is dedicated to support instruction in music theory, aural skills, composition, improvisation, orchestration, arranging, music education, and music technology. Music History, Literature, and Music Appreciation courses are supported by computers in the MIDI Lab and the open labs.
Access to the MIDI Lab is obtained through enrollment in the appropriate music courses and by virtue of having music-major status. Instruction on the use of the computers and the music software is provided within the content of the courses that use this technology.
University-owned instruments are intended for use in West Georgia music classes. If enrolled in the appropriate course, students may check out instruments for use in instrumental ensembles, instrumental classes, or applied study with university faculty.
For students wishing to use West Georgia instruments, a limited supply of instruments is available through the Director of Bands for check-out. An instrument contract must be filled out completely and signed by the student. Upon termination of the contract the Director of Bands or an appropriate staff member must sign the original contract and verify that the condition of the instrument received is the same as when it was checked out. Students are encouraged to purchase instruments as a personal investment as well as to purchase the music and materials used for applied study.
Lockers suitable for securing instruments are located on the second and third floors of the Humanities Building. Arrangements may be made through the University Band Office (HUM 332) to secure a locker.
Securing an Accompanist
Students who need an accompanist for a Student Recital Hour or for an Applied Jury Examination are generally served with an accompanist (e.g., applied teacher, staff accompanist, or piano faculty). However, students who require accompanying services for a Junior, Senior, or comparable recital must secure an accompanist (with the assistance of the applied instructor) and are advised to pay the customary price for accompanying services. Accompanist rates vary, therefore, it behooves the student to make arrangements with an accompanist well in advance and to negotiate a fair fee for these services.
Official Bulletin Boards
Please check bulletin boards daily for timely announcements. Official notices will be posted on the following bulletin boards:
1st floor, just outside Music Office (HUM 105)
3rd floor, near Band Room (HUM 331)
3rd floor, near Choir Room (HUM 301)
The Music Publisher's Association of the United States recognizes schools across the United States for their participation in MPA's COPY-FREE ZONE program. A national campaign launched in September 1999, the program calls on school music department chairs to initiate and oversee United States Copyright Law education and compliance in their schools. The Department of Music is committed to being a COPY-FREE ZONE. Compliance with copyright law is the responsibility of all individuals, including faculty, staff and students. When we comply with the legal use of music materials we demonstrate a commitment to the art of music and music education, and to the sustenance, growth and promotion of each of these endeavors. Protect the Department from possible liability for unwitting copyright infringement and protect your musician and educator colleagues. Comply with the law. For additional information about copyright law, link to the Music Publishers Association at http://www.mpa.org/ .
The copying machine in the department office is not for student use. If in an emergency you want to assume the responsibility for copying music (which by copyright law may not be legal), there are machines in the Ingram Library for student use.