Handbook: Facilities and Services

Practice Rooms, Music Lockers, Mailboxes

All students have access to the regular practice rooms on an unscheduled basis without fee.

Organ and harpsichord practice is scheduled by Dr. Kraig Scott (527-2571) at the earliest possible point after registration is completed at the beginning of each quarter.

Pianists may reserve practice time on the grand pianos in the building according to a formula prepared by the piano faculty. Piano students should submit a schedule (available in the music office) at the beginning of each quarter. Other students may check out a key to the grand piano of their choice when it is available.

Students may obtain a locker assignment at the music office. A $5 deposit will be required for each key. Do not leave music instruments and materials in practice rooms or halls. Items left about the building may be reclaimed at the department office or the Lost and Found department in the Custodial office.

Each music student and faculty member will be assigned a mailbox, located just inside in the main office of the Department of Music. Please check your box regularly for notices regarding curriculum requirements and events, returned homework and other mail.

Music Library

In addition to housing a collection of recordings and scores and a listening/video lab, the Music Library offers students resources for specialized music research and computing. Since the facility is provided with expensive, easily damaged equipment, we urge you to exercise care in the handling of these shared materials.

Recordings and Scores

Our library is currently undergoing a cataloguing process that will make searches more powerful and easier to conduct. In the mean time, library holdings may be searched (by medium, composer, title) in the binders located on the counter between the main office and the library, or in the music library database. All items will be cataloged on-line by the end of the year. Thank you for bearing with us during "remodeling."

All Music Library holdings are considered reserve material and are available for student use only in the music library. Please ask the receptionist to access the CDs, videos and headphones you need. Scores are located in cabinets on the south (SB numbers) and north (most SA numbers) walls of the library. Significant fines (comparable to those used by the Peterson Memorial Library) are levied in the case of missing or damaged materials.

We are seeking to increase our recordings in various performance areas. If you know of recordings we do not have, or resources for some of the materials that we might be interested in, contact your teacher or the music office and help us as we seek to provide better service for you. Phonograph records are no longer added to the library, except in rare instances.

Periodicals and Reference Materials

Several magazines and journals are available in the Music Library. Some of the journals subscribed to (professors' picks!) are:

· Bandworld: Practical articles for band directors. Repertoire suggestions, advice on dealing with parents and administrators, articles by top musicians, and teaching suggestions.
· Clavier: Practical advice for piano teachers. Teaching and repertoire suggestions, articles on the business side of teaching, interviews with top figures in the piano world, news on piano competitions, reviews of new music and software
· Keyboard: Reviews and ratings of the newest music technology and software. Articles on and tips from successful musicians.
· Strings: Advice for string players, reviews of new recordings, notes on diverse topics such as string maintenance and performance practice, and profiles of prominent figures in the string world.

Along the east wall, please also note the foreign language dictionaries, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, innumerable anthologies, musicological texts, etc.

For further research, the Peterson Memorial Library (PML) houses many other valuable music journals (downstairs), along with the bulk of the college's collection of books on music (main floor stacks). The PML also offers several pertinent on-line databases.


In addition to the Finale and Sibelius notation programs, the department also has two workstations equipped with MacGAMUT ear-training software.

Melvin K. West Fine Arts Auditorium

All use of the Fine Arts Auditorium is by schedule only. Organ students may do a portion of their practicing there and students preparing for recitals may have access to the stage pianos. All use will be by permission of the teacher and arranged in consultation with the music office. This is necessary in order to preserve the instruments in good recital condition. Care must be exercised whenever it is necessary to move the auditorium pianos.

Keyboard Tuning and Maintenance

If it is necessary for a piano in the area that you teach or practice in to be tuned, contact either Dr. Leonard Richter or Laura Allen, the music department administrative assistant.

If you notice a problem with any of the organs, such as out-of-tune notes, or if a stop is not working properly, contact Dr. Kraig Scott or the office manager.


Music and supplies (reeds, valve oil, mallets, violin strings, etc.) required for lessons may be charged to the student account, providing the charge is $10 or more. Students must pay cash for items under $10. The instructor will authorize these transactions prior to ordering or charging. Contact the music office for Music Order Authorization forms. Concert dress required by ensembles may not be charged to student accounts.


All degree recitals, general recitals and large ensemble performances will be recorded. CDs of any event will be available by completing a CD Request Form at the main office of the Department of Music or by calling (509) 527-2561. The cost of each CD will be $5.00 if picked up at the music office, or $8.00 if it is shipped. CDs will be available for pick-up 1 week after order is placed, or will be received in the mail within 2 weeks after order is placed if shipping is required.

Department of Music Web Page

Many things are available through the University website, including access to the Music Department Page. From the WWU homepage (wallawalla.edu), place the cursor over Academics, located just under the heading at the top of the page. Move down to Departments, and select. Choose Music, and that goes directly to the WWU Music Department Web Page (music.wallawalla.edu). Here you will find current events calendars. There is one calendar for each quarter of the current year. These calendars are updated as changes are made and plans are finalized.