Presser Hall and McMahan Hall

The University has provided excellent facilities for the School of Music in Presser Hall and McMahan Hall, and it is important that each of us treat the building and its equipment with respect.  Guidelines for maintenance of the facilities, its pianos and other instruments, classrooms, technology resources, and the regulation regarding food, stands, chairs, the lab, and smoking, are established for the continued benefit of all students and faculty.

Music stands that are anchored in practice room spaces and kept on stand racks in select classrooms and rehearsal spaces are not to leave those spaces. A limited number of stands are available for students to borrow for personal practice in Presser or McMahan where stands are not kept. All students are encouraged to purchase their own portable stand to ensure that they have access to this equipment for individual practice, chamber ensemble rehearsals, and gigs.

Students and faculty members are urged to not leave any valuables unattended, especially in the hallways and practice rooms. Instruments should remain in lockers when not in use; bicycles should be locked.

Building Hours
When school is in progress, Presser Hall and McMahan Hall are accessible by student ID card beginning at 6 a.m. Doors are open to the public from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both buildings are closed at 1 a.m. each day and must be vacated at that time. During holidays and between sessions, building hours will vary.

Music Office
The Music Office houses the Offices of the Dean and Administrative Assistants in the School of Music. The office is located on the East Side of the first floor. Students needing information of any kind or wishing to see the Dean or his assistant should inquire at the Music Office. The office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Bulletin Board
Important announcements will be posted on the bulletin board in the north corridor of the first floor and on the monitor in the main lobby. Students should check daily for announcements.

Lockers are available throughout the building. Staff in the Music Office will assign lockers. At the end of each academic year, lockers must be emptied, and locks must be removed, otherwise office personnel will remove the locks and dispose of locker contents.

Practice Rooms
Students should not leave personal belongings (including instruments, organ shoes, music, etc.) in practice rooms, and the university is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

The grand pianos on the third floor are provided for the use of piano majors and principals. Other students requiring the use of a piano should use other practice rooms. All pianos that have damp-chasers (indicated by a power cord attached to the piano) should be plugged in at all times. 

Practice organs are for the use of those students registered for organ lessons. Other students are not permitted to use these instruments.

The School of Music owns three harpsichords of high quality, and their use is strongly encouraged for the performance of period music. The University Organist has been assigned the responsibility for oversight of these instruments and should be contacted if there is the need to move them. Those individuals permitted to perform on the harpsichord are faculty members and those students who have studied harpsichord. The performer will tune the instruments before rehearsals and performance, if possible, or by a piano technician.

Student Lounge
This lounge has been furnished for students’ use and is located on the second floor of Presser Hall. Students are asked to take care that the furnishings remain usable. Individual practice is not allowed in the lounge.

The only room in Presser Hall or McMahan Hall in which food can be served is Presser 132 (Tinsley). No food or drink (other than water) is permitted in any classrooms or rehearsal rooms other than P132 (Tinsley).

H. Douglas Lee Chapel

Care must be taken in the scheduling of H. Douglas Lee Chapel since it is also used by other organizations on campus. All questions are to be referred to the Executive Assistant to the Dean.

  • Most music events are scheduled prior to the beginning of each semester and appear on the master calendar.
    • Concerts and recitals
    • Special ensemble rehearsals
    • Performance classes
    • Recital hour
  • Organ lessons and regular practice hours are scheduled through the organ professor at the beginning of each semester. This faculty member informs the Music Office of the times selected.
  • Practice times for students performing on the Thursday Student Recital are established as 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Students sign up for times on the bulletin board outside of the Music Office.
  • Evening and weekend practice hours are available for additional organ practice and for faculty and student preparation for recital appearances. Please consult the Event Management system for available times. Students may reserve day or evening rehearsal times with the following limitations: 8-14 days preceding the recital, one hour per week; 1-7 days preceding the recital, two hours per week. A reasonable number of additional hours are available on weekends. Priority is given to those who have reserved times in advance according to these established procedures. Faculty will not preempt these scheduled times without prior consultation with those who have reserved the hall in advance.

Music/Theater Rehearsal Hall

The Stetson Opera Theater Rehearsal Hall is located in Cummings Gym. Opera rehearsals may be held in this facility as well as various rooms in McMahan and Presser Hall.

Hollis Center

Various Music Experience classes, such as Movement and Exercise for Musicians, are held in the Hollis Center Dance Studio.

Multimedia Laboratory and Music Studio

Digital Arts classes for the music technology minor are held in the Davis Multimedia Lab (Flagler Hall) and the Presser Hall computer lab. The Multimedia Lab is available for lab work when it is not in use by classes.

Music Library

All physical music instructional library materials -- CDs, DVDs, LPs, reference materials, books, and scores -- are housed in the DuPont Ball library. With the exception of reference material and collected edition scores, all materials are available for check-out by students. Access to information on the library holdings is available online. The University subscribes to or owns vast electronic resources, in addition to its substantial physical holdings. These resources, including Oxford Music Online (a reference toll including the Grove Dictionary), listening services (Naxos and Classical Music Library) and others, are highly desirable resources to be accessed frequently.