James Madison University is located in the heart of Virginia's historic and beautiful Shenandoah Valley. In the nearly 100 years since its founding in 1908, the university has grown from a small state teachers college for women to its present-day status as an innovative four-year public university of nearly 20,000 students and a full-time, instructional faculty of 925. Comprehensive in its scope, JMU is a liberal arts institution with a strong commitment to professional and pre-professional programs.
The Quadrangle, encircled by bluestone buildings and towering old trees, is at the core of JMU's beautiful campus. More than half of JMU's 112 buildings have been constructed in recent years.
The music building, one of the region's largest and most contemporary music instruction facilities, was opened on the Quadrangle in 1989. Since that time, the building -- with music administrative and faculty offices, classrooms, practice rooms, studios, rehearsal halls, laboratories, a recording studio and a music library/listening lab -- has become the university's central facility for music instruction and activities.
Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
The School of Music has three new concert/recital halls as part of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. The Recital Hall has a seating capacity of 200, the Concert Hall 600, and the Theatre (for opera) 450. The facility also houses a large ensemble rehearsal hall, as well as additional practice rooms, classrooms and office spaces. In combination with the current music building, the School of Music now has complete, world-class facilities. An adjacent parking garage gives instant access for concert goers and visitors.