CMU demonstrated its commitment to the use of technology in music instruction with the opening of the new Music Building in Fall 1997. The School of Music features excellent state-of-the-art facilities for music technology.
All faculty, staff, and graduate assistants have computers in their offices as well. All computers are connected to a fast ethernet network which provides a direct connection to the Internet and allows access to file and printer servers throughout the School of Music and university.
MIDI Computer Lab
The Computer Music Lab, located in the Music Technology Suite in Rm. 295 is designed for use in composition, arranging, sound design, and digital audio production. Registered students have access to the lab during regular building hours through the use of magnetic card readers.
CAMIL Computer Lab
The Computer Assisted Music Instruction Lab (CAMIL) is located on the first floor in the Music Resource Center (MRC). This lab's primary function is to support classes in the School of Music with a wide variety of CAI (Computer-Assisted Instruction), Music Education, and Multimedia software. The CAMIL lab is also a popular place to do homework and research on the Internet. There are ten work stations within the lab and four additional work stations located in the MRC itself.
The Audio Production Studio, located in the Music Technology Suite, is used for post-production and mastering of all School of Music performances. The studio is equipped for analog and digital recording, editing and playback. Additionally, the studio is utilized in the Music Technology courses taught at CMU. School of Music concert recordings can be checked out and listened to in the Music Resource Center. For more information, contact Audio Production Manager Scott Burgess.
Technology is not limited only to the labs. All classrooms and performances halls are equipped with Macintosh computers, visualizers, LCD projectors, and audio/MIDI systems. Faculty can use these systems for classroom multimedia and Internet presentations.
Additionally, the School of Music Residential College, located in Herrig Residence Hall, features a computer lab on the second floor, among the living quarters, and a mediated classroom in the basement.
There are several MIDI-equipped practice rooms, which feature the accompaniment software programs Band-in-a-Box and Coda's SmartMusic.
The School of Music offers comprehensive courses in various aspects of Music Technology. New this summer for in-service teachers, CMU will offer courses leading to Level 1 certification in Music Technology by the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME).
Those students interested in purchasing a computer that will be compatible with the School of Music's technology should consider an Apple computer able to run the latest operating system. Student discounts for new computers are available through the CMU/Apple Store.