Facilities, Resources and Lessons
Hans H. Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts
The Hans H. Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts houses the 630-seat Carol Woodhouse Wellin Performance Hall, two large rehearsal halls, 15 practice rooms, faculty offices, and classrooms.
Digital Music Studio
The Digital Music Studio is a primary workspace and classroom for students taking Mus 270 (Introduction to Music, Sound, and Technology), Mus 370 (Advanced Audio Production), Mus 377 (Electronic Arts Workshop), and for students doing senior projects and independent studies in music composition and audio production. Due to resource limitations, this facility is not available for use by students who are not enrolled in these courses.
Work in the Studio is principally based on the use of Macintosh computers running such software as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Max/MSP/Jitter, and Finale.
The Music Library (in the lower level of McEwen) houses a collection of about 28,000 recorded items of classical, jazz and world music, and an uncatalogued collection of Broadway musicals. These recordings do not circulate. The library also houses the College’s collection of musical scores, most of which do circulate. Books on music are held in the Burke Library. The Music Library has ten listening stations, and items you will need for course listening, reading, and viewing are placed on reserve here. Open every day during the semester, the Music Library is an important resource for both music and non-music students.
The general phone number and circulation desk for the music library is 315-859-4348. You may reach the Music Library Coordinator at 315-859-4349. For questions of policy, reference, and collection information, please ask for the coordinator.
Established in 1995, and dedicated in 2013 in honor of Milton F. Fillius, Jr. ’44 and Nelma “Nikki” Nenneau Fillius, the Fillius Jazz Archive holds a collection of videotaped interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics. The collection generally focuses on artists associated with mainstream jazz and the swing era. The interview collection has been fully transcribed and may be reviewed in print, video and audio media. Support material includes LPs, CDs, photographs, commercial jazz videos, books and memorabilia as well as a concert documentary filmed in 1997 at Hamilton College with Joe Williams and the Count Basie Orchestra. Researchers, students and writers are invited to contact the archive director, Monk Rowe for access guidelines.
Instruments of various kinds are available for student use without charge. The College possesses several Steinway grand pianos, a variety of wind, brass and string instruments, a two-manual Noack organ in the College Chapel, a Steinmeyer one-manual Positif organ, a two-manual Dowd harpsichord, a Fudge clavichord, a kora and a Javanese gamelan.
A limited number of department-owned orchestral and jazz instruments are available for use by students who are members of group performance ensembles. Interested students should consult Professor Buchman for orchestral instruments or Professor Woods for jazz instruments. A deposit may be required. Please consult Music Dept. Academic Office Assistant Kim Carroll for the policies and procedures on instrument borrowing and rental.
The Music Department offers private instrumental and vocal study with a faculty of distinguished instructors. A student receives either eleven half-hour lessons per semester, which will earn .25 course credit, or eleven hour lessons, which will earn .5 course credit. An additional fee is charged for lessons; students receiving financial aid are eligible for assistance in meeting the cost. Students taking lessons have a variety of performing opportunities, including departmental concerts, featured appearances with choral and instrumental ensembles, and half and full recitals for qualified juniors and seniors.
One of the satisfactions that music can provide is the pleasure of sharing one's musical discoveries and accomplishments with others through public performance. For student performers, public performance also holds the promise of increasing their understanding of the role of the performer in the musical process. Recognizing this, the Music Department offers a variety of performance opportunities to accommodate student performers at all levels.
The Music Department offers private lessons in the following instruments: flute, trumpet*, violin, piano*, oboe, horn, viola, organ, clarinet, trombone, cello, guitar*, saxophone*, euphonium, bass, percussion*, bassoon, tuba, harp, and voice
Note: * indicates instruction in both classical and jazz are available. In the case of guitar, instruction is also offered in folk style.
Private lesson registration (for both new and continuing students) takes place the first three days of each semester and is coordinated by Kim Carroll, the academic office assistant for the Music Department. Registration packets can be viewed below or picked up in the Music Department Office, List 217. The packet includes your class schedule, an add slip, a placement questionnaire for beginning students, and the contract.
Completed lesson schedules will be sent by email to the student. Lessons will not be scheduled until the student signs the Lesson Contract. Students are responsible for letting the Music Department Office Assistant know of any schedule changes as soon as possible. Once this contract is signed, no refunds will be given. Students in their first semester of study at Hamilton may drop lessons prior to the second scheduled lesson. If they sign and submit to the Music Department Office Assistant a “Drop Contract” form and “Course Drop” prior to the second scheduled lesson, they will only be financially responsible for the first lesson taken rather than the full amount of the signed contract.
Seniors may begin lessons at the Applied Music level for a half hour, ¼ credit, with the consent of the department chair. Students who wish to audit lessons may do so with the consent of the instructor.
A course in Applied Music, Solo Performance, or Advanced Solo Performance entails either eleven half-hour weekly lessons per term, which will earn one-quarter course credit (Mus 125, 225); or eleven one-hour weekly lessons, which will earn one-half course credit (Mus 126, 226, 326). The fee for one semester of half-hour lessons is $330.00; one semester of hour lessons is $660.00. This amount is in addition to regular College fees and tuition, and a separate contract for the lesson fees is completed when the student registers for the course.
Financial Aid and Scholarships for Music Lessons
Students receiving a college scholarship as part of their financial aid package are eligible for assistance in meeting the cost of private music instruction. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to enrolling for more information.
The Department encourages music concentrators to study an instrument or voice. Therefore, there is no charge to music concentrators for eleven one-half hour lessons ($330.00) taken each term for credit, provided that previous grades for these lessons have been satisfactory. This is made possible, in part, with funds from the Ralph Upson Stone ’80 Memorial Fund, and two or three music concentrators each year are identified as the recipients of lessons covered by the proceeds of this fund.
The Department also can provide lesson scholarships to cover the cost of eleven one-half hour lessons ($330.00) for designated students who participate in ensembles (Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, or Chamber Ensembles) or who otherwise contribute to the program. The financial aid status of the student is not necessarily a factor in determining who is selected by program directors to receive stipends. For students who do receive financial aid from the College, as described above, the stipend is applied towards the balance of the lesson fee after financial aid has been applied.
These lesson scholarships are available for as many as eighteen students who are members of the Choir, twelve students who are members of the Orchestra, six students who are members of the Jazz Ensemble, six students who are members of chamber ensembles, and six students who participate in the staff pianist program. At the beginning of the semester directors of these programs will identify the students who are to receive these waivers and will also ensure that the students are informed, in writing, that they are to see Kim Carroll to register for the lessons no later than the end of the first week of the term. To receive this benefit, students must enroll for credit, either in an Applied Music or a Solo Performance course. Stipends are not automatically renewed from term to term. If students are nominated by directors for a continued waiver, the Music Department Academic Assistant will first check that the grade awarded for the previous work in lessons is satisfactory. If not, then the stipend will not be granted.
Stipends are only given to students who are taking their lessons for credit. Students who break their contract, drop taking lessons for credit, or otherwise do not ultimately receive credit for the course will forfeit their stipend(s) (and any financial aid that had been applied) and will be billed for the total amount of their lesson fees.
Assignments to Studios
New students who register for lessons for those instruments for which there is more than one teacher (piano, violin, and voice) are asked by the department to complete a questionnaire in which they describe the extent of their previous work on the instrument. Based on this information, and as far as schedules permit, the department will then distribute students evenly among the available instructors.
Returning students in piano, violin, or voice may express a preference for an instructor on the registration form. If this is a change from their previous instructor, then as a matter of courtesy they should speak with both their previous instructor and their preferred new instructor. To the extent that schedules permit, the department will honor the expressed preference for an instructor.
Concert Attendance Procedures
- Students taking one-hour lessons must attend five concerts from the Concert Attendance List in which the student is not performing, per semester, one of which must be the Student Concert.
- Students taking half-hour lessons must attend three concerts from the Concert Attendance List in which the student is not performing, per semester, one of which must be the Student Concert.
Concert attendance will be taken by ID cards handed to attendants who are present for every qualifying concert. Students will be responsible for handing in their own ID card to a person in Wellin and picking them up at the Box Office after the end of the performance. Your instructor will not be able to give you credit if you forget to hand in your ID card at the beginning of each concert. Students arriving late will not be given attendance credit. ID cards will not be given to anyone other than the person it belongs to.
Although all students are required to attend the Student Concert, occasionally other commitments will necessitate flexibility. A student who must miss the Student Concert may apply to the Coordinator of Individual Performance Instruction for permission to miss the concert. If that request is approved, the student must do one of the following alternatives in place of the Student Concert:
- Attend two additional concerts as a substitute for the Student Concert, submitting a one page review/description of each concert – double spaced, about 300-500 words each. If you take this option, you will have 4 or 6 concerts to attend by semester’s end (depending on whether you have half-hour or hour lessons): the 2 or 4 regular concerts, and the 2 to make up for missing the Student Concert.
- Do a comparative listening assignment of three recordings of the same work, submitting a two page paper comparing and contrasting those performances – about 650-700 words.
These written alternatives are to be submitted to the Coordinator of Individual Performance Instruction and the student’s teacher not later than the day of the Student Concert.
Copyright and Photocopying
As with any college course, students are expected to purchase any necessary materials for this course. The photocopying of copyrighted music (or copying by any other means) is not legal unless the copyright owner has granted permission, or unless the duplication meets the requirements for what has been legally defined as “fair use.” Examples of fair use include photocopying to avoid difficult page turns, and the photocopying of “study score” on which analytical marks are to be made. Fair use does not include materials to be used for a performance, or for study that may lead to a performance.
Students who intend to audition for a public performance are expected to purchase the necessary musical scores and parts, or to use the materials that have already been purchased by either the College Library or by the Department of Music. Student soloists must insure that their pianists are playing from purchased copies. Any student who arrives at an audition with photocopied music, and who cannot demonstrate that a copy has already been placed on order, will not be allowed to audition.
Presenting a recital takes thorough preparation and advance planning; please speak with your instructor early in your time at Hamilton if you are interested in giving a recital. Under normal circumstances, only seniors may present full recitals; both juniors and seniors may present half recitals. Students intending to give a recital must:
- have the consent of their instructor
- have appeared on at least a) two Student Concerts or b) one Student Concert and a major soloist role with an ensemble or c) one Student Concert and a List Musicale
- complete and turn in to the department chair a Recital Proposal Form (available on-line and in the dept. office) prior to April 15 of the previous academic year (recitals that are part of the student’s Senior Project must be scheduled by December 1 of the junior year)
- contact the Coordinator of Staff Pianists no later than April 15 for a recital the following fall or no later than the third lesson of the fall semester for a recital the following spring (if a staff pianist is needed)
- register for Advanced Solo Performance the semester of your recital. You may also register for Advanced Solo Performance in the previous semester at the discretion of your teacher.
Requirements for a Recital
- prepare 30 min. of music for half recitals
- prepare 60 min. of music for full recitals
- select a faculty advisor for guidance as you:
- prepare programs, program notes, and a poster advertising the recital
- perform a pre-recital jury before a panel of three solo performance instructors three weeks prior to the recital
Items to Remember
- The music theory prerequisite (any music theory course or passing the music theory placement test) must be fulfilled in order to register for Advanced Solo Performance.
- You must perform on a Weekday Musicale in order to audition for the Student Concert.
- Additional requirements for a Senior Recital in Music as part of an honor's senior project for a concentration in music – see guidelines for Honors Senior Projects.