Building and Facilities Use
Practice Rooms
Lockers and Keys
Bulletin Boards
Guidelines for the Use of Westbrook Auditorium
Thorpe Music Library


The School of Music maintains excellent facilities and equipment.  All students and faculty must accept the responsibility to see to it that our facilities are not abused.   Smoking is strictly prohibited in Presser Hall.  Food and beverages are likewise prohibited in all classrooms, practice rooms, laboratories and Westbrook Auditorium.

The use of rehearsal halls, classrooms, or Westbrook at any time must be scheduled through the School of Music Office.  To reserve a room, come to the office, where an office worker will check the class schedule and room-use calendar, then enter your reservation on the schedule.

Room use and auditorium times are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.  If you must cancel or change your scheduled reservation, please notify the Music Office as soon as possible.  Due to scheduling demands, classroom and auditorium times will not be put "on hold."  Please be certain of your schedule before you make your requests.

See below for additional details on use of Westbrook Auditorium.


The School of Music has 40 practice rooms.  They are available from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 am, Monday through Friday; from 8:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Sunday.  Practice rooms are not scheduled or reserved.  However, some rooms are designated specifically for pianists and other special instruments such as organ, harpsichord, and percussion. Do not leave books and other belongings in practice rooms.  The School of Music is not responsible for the loss of articles left unattended.

School of Music practice and rehearsal facilities are primarily available for the use of IWU students.  Others must obtain permission from the Director of the School of Music to use School of Music facilities.


Lockers for storage of instruments, music, personal property, etc., are available to music students.  Long lockers located in the "Pit" (the basement of Presser Hall), and near the Lab Theatre, are assigned through the Music Office.  There is a $5.00 charge to check out a locker, which will be refunded when you return the key.  Liberal Arts students studying music may obtain lockers after music students' needs are met.  Larger instrument storage lockers are checked out through Ed Risinger in Room 64.  His office hours and check-out procedures are posted at the beginning of the semester.  Locker keys may be kept until graduation, but all other keys must be turned in at the end of each school year. You will be charged $10.00 per key for every key (except locker keys) not turned in by the time dorms close for the school year.


Bulletin boards are placed throughout the building in lobby areas.  Please check frequently for notices, messages, items of interest, upcoming programs, etc.  It is especially important that you check two boards frequently:  the one opposite the Music Office in the first floor hallway, and the one in the Pit (or basement area).  Sections of some bulletin boards may be reserved for student organizations for their messages.  Your cooperation in continuing our tradition of reliable message boards is most appreciated!

Posting  materials: DO NOT post any material on Presser's walls or windows.  Occasional emergency notices may be posted on doors, but must have the Director's approval written on the notice. 


Westbrook Auditorium may be used for rehearsals by reservation only.  Reservations may be made at the Music Office.  Check the schedule in the office for availability, and office workers will enter your reservation. Rehearsal time in Westbrook Auditorium is limited to 4 hours for faculty recitals, 3 hours for senior recitals, and 2 hours for junior recitals.  The half-hour prior to recital times is reserved for the recitalist, and no other rehearsals may be scheduled during that time.  Additional rehearsal times are scheduled as space permits.

  1. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the stage crew, all faculty and students share responsibility to see that equipment used for classes, rehearsals and concerts is put away.  The stage must be left clear for the next individual or group using the hall.
  2. All lights should be turned off at the end of any rehearsal or performance.
  3. All music stands and orchestra chairs should be returned to their racks after rehearsals or performances.
  4. Always make sure that the wheel brakes are disengaged when moving the pianos.  If you have any questions about the operation of the wheel brakes, please ask George Krippenstapel, piano technician, for instructions.
  5. Keep the piano covers off the floor.  Place them on a chair or on one of the instruments in the tunnel.  Cover the pianos when not in use.
  6. If you remove the lid of a piano, you are responsible for replacing it.  Under no circumstance should the lid be left off overnight.
  7. Store the pianos and harpsichord away from the radiators during the heating season.  If your choices are limited to a place near the radiators or in the tunnel (between backstage and the back door of Room 167), choose the tunnel.  However, avoid the area immediately next to the dock door—rain blows in during storms.
  8. Keep the piano storage box clear of chairs, stands, etc.  It should be possible at all times to access the piano.

Everyone is responsible for the care of our instruments and equipment!


The Reception Room (Presser 109) may be reserved for receptions following student, faculty, guest, and alumni recitals.  Reservations must be made through the School of Music Office at least two weeks prior to the event.  Persons or organizations who request use of the Reception Room are responsible for placing all trash in proper receptacles and removing personal items immediately after their event.


An extensive collection of printed music, books, periodicals, sound recordings, and media is located on the third floor of Ames Library. Performing editions of keyboard, instrumental, and vocal compositions are supplemented by collected editions of major composers and other historical sets, both in printed form and microform. A circulating collection of sound recordings and media complements the score collection. A recorded archive of School of Music performances is also maintained. The book and periodical collections represent nearly every aspect of music scholarship, including historical musicology, music theory, music education, jazz, opera and music theatre, sacred music, and non-Western music.

The Thorpe Digital Center includes facilities for individual or group  study and listening, in addition to state-of-the-art multi-media production and editing workstations.  Additional computer workstations are positioned throughout the library for access to electronic information resources and application software.  The music reference collection is located on the entry level of Ames Library in the Information Services Area.

I-Share Online: Library holdings are accessible through the online catalog link on the Illinois Wesleyan University Library homepage. As a member of I-SHARE, the holdings of over 800 academic, public, and special libraries in Illinois are also accessible through the online catalog.  Materials not owned by Illinois Wesleyan are available from I-SHARE member libraries, through direct remote charge or inter-library loan.