Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
School of Music
Dr. Christopher Hanning
Administrative Assistant to Dean
Will Hillegeist, M.M.
Matthew Scott Miller
Robert (Bob) Rust
Recording Engineer/Video Technician
Director, Acoustic Instrument Technical Services
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-4:30 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Music Education Computer Lab
Due to frequently changing hours of operation, this information can be found on the door of the computer lab.
We have lockers on each floor of Swope and they come in a range of sizes to accommodate a variety instruments. There will be an opportunity for you to sign-out lockers each semester based upon earned hours (e.g. seniors first, then juniors, etc.). You will be allowed to keep your locker for the duration of your studies in the School of Music. A valid Ram e Card and lock are required to rent a locker. Lockers are rented to students during their summer orientation. Changes thereafter should go through the Dean's Office Staff.
As a music major, you may be enrolled in courses in which you will be required to play instruments you do not own. Students may rent instruments for those courses from the instrument rental office located in room 142. The fee is $20.00 per instrument per semester. The fee will be waived for students participating in marching band or ensembles (when requested to do so by a faculty member). A valid Ram e Card is required to rent an instrument.
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), 33 Non Piano Major Practice Rooms (with Upright Pianos), a Percussion Practice Suite, two Organ Practice Rooms, a Harp Room, a Reed Room, and Piano Pedagogy Room. Practice facilities are free for students to use for the duration of their enrollment in a School of Music degree program at West Chester University. All students may have access to the regular Non Piano Major Practice Rooms, but students may only have access to the specialized facilities if they are enrolled in major lessons respective to those facilities. Students' Ram-e-Cards will automatically be programmed to grant them access into the Non Piano Major Practice Rooms upon their acceptance into the School of Music and signed agreement to these terms and it will last through graduation or termination of enrollment. All other access 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 School of Music Administration. A valid Ram e Card is required to access the practice rooms.
To request access to a 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.
While we have an audio/visual technician to record official School of Music performances, there may be times where you'd like to record your own performances to create a custom CD demo for use in graduate school auditions, job searches or for your own enjoyment. Students who wish to have additional performances recorded submit a completed AV Recording Session Request Form to the Dean's Suite, Room 110. Requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance. A recording fee of $75.00 per hour is charged for this service and applies to set-up, break down, recording, mixing and editing time spent on the project.
During your time in the 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 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.