Computer Music Facilities
Thorpe Music & Media Center
In addition to housing the School of Music's library, listening stations and group listening rooms, the Thorpe Music and Media Center in the Ames Library is equipped with MIDI-computer workstations supporting music composition and score preparation software.
Jazz Improvisation Practice Lab
Students involved in the jazz program at Illinois Wesleyan are assigned practice time each week in the Jazz Improvisation Practice Lab to help increase their awareness of and ability to improvise. The lab is equipped with a computer, sound generator, amplifier, and speakers with which to produce the sound of a quality rhythm section. Students use the Band-In-A-Box software with which to enter the chord changes of the jazz tunes they are assigned to study. Jazz recordings from Jamie Aebersold are also available in the Lab for aspiring improvisers. The Lab is a valuable addition to the students' big band and combo experiences, as it assists them in mastering the chord changes of the various tunes on which they improvise in their respective ensembles.