Swope Music Building
Monday-Sunday: 7:00 AM-12:00 AM
(electronic swipe card access from 10:00 PM-12:00 AM and 24 hours on weekends)
Presser Music Library
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 AM-10:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 PM-10:00 PM
Music Education Computer Lab
Due to frequently changing hours of operation, this information can be found on the door of the computer lab.
The Swope Music Building at West Chester University offers a wide array of practice facilities for your use including eight Piano Major Practice Rooms (with Grand Pianos), 32 Standard Practice Rooms (most with Upright Pianos), a Percussion Practice Suite, three Organ Practice Rooms, a Harpsichord Room, a Reed Room, and Piano Pedagogy Room. Practice facilities are free for students to use for the duration of their enrollment in a Wells School of Music degree program at West Chester University. All students may have access to the Standard Practice Rooms. However, students may only have access to the specialized facilities if they are enrolled in major lessons respective to those facilities; their Ram-e-Cards will be automatically programmed based on scheduled lessons. While practice facilities are free for students' use, students will be financially responsible for any damages incurred to the practice facilities during their use as determined by the Wells School of Music Administration. A valid Ram-e-Card is required to access the practice rooms.
To request access to a standard practice room, please use the following link: Practice Room Access.
The Presser Music Library is located on the first floor of Swope and is available to all members of the University community and to members of the public who have been given a library card at the F.H. Green library.
Scores, reference books and most LP recordings are on open shelves. Materials on course or general reserve, all compact discs and anything with a call number ending in "(c)" are in a locked cabinet or reserved stacks behind the service counter, and may be requested by call number. Materials on reserve, sound recordings, reference books and scores stamped "Does not circulate" may be used only in the library. You may borrow from the rest of the collection (notably most scores) for a six-week period, with one possible renewal.
For help in locating materials or operating equipment, feel free to ask any member of the library staff to assist you. Check out the subject guide for music for more information and additional resources.
During your time in the Wells School of Music, you may want to use spaces in Swope Music Building for a variety of events or programs. Room booking is easy. Look for and reserve an available room on the WCU Space Management Website. Before booking, please review the general rules and guidelines for reserving and using spaces in Swope Music Building.
Please note that the person booking the room is responsible for the following:
Being a part of the Wells School of Music Referral Database means that when community members call the University asking for the contact information of local musicians for off-campus jobs, we can give them your contact information. If you would like to be part of this database, please follow the link below to submit the necessary information.
West Chester University Bands proudly sponsor six different performing ensembles that involve more than 400 students. Opportunities for majors and non-majors are available in all of our concert and athletic bands. Our mission is dedicated to the cultivation and performance of the highest quality music while continuing the proud tradition of excellence that has been the hallmark of the bands at West Chester University.
West Chester University's Choral Program has a long and proud tradition. We are an important part of the University's cultural life, with 250 or more students enrolled each semester in our six ensembles, performing at more than a dozen concerts for large and appreciative audiences. Each year, thousands of people hear a West Chester choir -- not only on campus but through off-campus performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, along the East Coast, and in California, Florida, the desert Southwest, and Europe.