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The Music Building

The centralization of music instruction became a reality with the completion of the music building on July 27, 1989. This 61,000 square foot, four story facility is located on the bluestone Quadrangle and is faced with quarried linestone similar to that of existing Quad buildings. The music building is designed to accomodate one of JMU's largest faculty and staff, as well as provide the most progressive environments for 300 music majors and the large numbers of general university students who participate in music ensembles and enroll in music courses.

Architects or the facility were Marcellus, Wright, Cox and Smith of Richmond, VA, and construction was done by Nielsen of Harrisonburg. Construction costs of this superior acousticaly designed building exceeded $5.5 million which did not include nearly $1 million in new equipment, including several new grand pianos, computers, a complete recording studio, new video and audio equipment for all classroms, and a full-equipped music library and listening / computer lab.

The music library and listening / computer lab, which is a branch of the Carrier Library, has over 30,000 holdings and is online with the University's library computer system LEO. The area had 20 of the latest Mac computers and listening stations. Accoustical properties throughout the entire facility were designed and engineered by Gerald Marshall of Klepper, Marshall & King in New York. These outstanding acoustics are most apparent in the 44 practice rooms, 35 faculty studios and in the four rehearsal areas: the band / orchestra room, the choral / lecture room; the Madisonian / opera room; and the jazz / recording studio room. All four halls connect to the control room of the studio and facilitate satellite recoding which is expandable to 24 tracks. The studio is also equipped for both analog and the latest digital formats.

This facility is the pride of all music students, faculty, and the entire JMU and Harrisonburg community.


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The JMU Music Library

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