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Music Lab

About the Lab

The lab is an excellent place to learn creative new ways to build musical ideas or hone skills. Stop in whenever the door is open for some one-on-one guidance on using the available tools. If you have any specific questions, email the lab director, Dave Chisholm.

Ear Training

With software like Auralia®, you can work on interval training and rhythm skills outside of your lessons. Guided exercises of varying difficulty will help to develop these invaluable skills. Practicing often, just like with your instrument or voice, will help you to be a stronger overall musician

Music Reading

Another program called Musition® helps students to learn the terms and symbols that are so necessary for reading and performing from sheet music. Besides, how can you know how to play a piece marked "Cantabile" if you don't know what it means? And why does that flat have a line through it?


Using programs like GarageBand®, you can build entire songs without singing or playing a note. Instead, composers young and old use "loops," short recordings that work like building blocks. By moving them around and layering them on top of each other, just about anyone can make new music that you can share.

Finale® and Sibelius®

These powerful notation programs allow you to turn your musical ideas into professional scores. They also give you the chance to hear your music, something that a pen and paper just cannot do.