Research and Music Production Facilities

The Music Library

The music library, located on the lower level of Ferguson Hall, is the repository for 70,000 scores and books, 400 periodical titles, 30,000 CDs, LPs, 78s, videotapes, and audio cassettes, 12 CD listening stations, 13 audio tape listening stations, three VCRs, and 12 turntables, all available to School of Music students. The library also includes a collection of rare books, manuscripts, and sheet music from the fourteenth century to the present. For more information, visit the Music Library website.

STRUM (Sound, Technology & Research, University of Minnesota) Electronic Music Studios

Studio One

STRUM's Studio One is a large composition, recording, and production studio featuring three rooms: the main studio, an isolation and recording room, and an AV production and mastering room. Studio One houses three well-equipped Mac Pro workstations, each tailored to specific production and recording work, along with our collection of analog and digital synthesizers. STRUM Studio One is primarily a limited access space for graduate composition majors and students enrolled in advanced music technology courses. Additional access is available with faculty or staff approval on a project by project basis. Questions can be directed to Michael Duffy, SOM Music Technology, Media Lab, and Studios Specialist. 

Production Studio

The production studio is a one-room audio mixing and mastering suite with post-production audio and hardware. The studio features space and equipment for rehearsals of electro-acoustic music as well as audio mixing and video editing. The production studio houses one Mac Pro workstation, along with two iMacs and laptop-ready workstations.

Media Lab 

Created as a space for individual work as well as class meetings, the media lab is a large lab and classroom containing 15 iMac computers with MIDI keyboards and music notation, audio-video editing, and composition software.

Roy A. Schuessler Vocal Arts Center

Located within the Music Library, the Roy A. Schuessler Vocal Arts Center houses Vocal Resource Room contains a variety of books, video and audiotapes, vocal music scores, and recordings. The primary focus of the collection is on vocal pedagogy and performance. The room is available for study, research, seminars, and committee meetings by advance permission of the library staff.

Music Therapy Clinic

The University of Minnesota Music Therapy Program is one of the few programs in the country that has an on-campus clinic. This clinic is connected to an adjoining observation booth via one-way mirrors, thus allowing students the opportunity to observe music therapy sessions with a number of different clinical populations. The observation booth is equipped with high-quality technological instruments and computers for data collection during research studies. Music therapy students in their junior and senior years provide supervised services in the clinic.