The Music Department at RCTC has excellent, modern facilities for performance, study, composition, and practice. The department provides multiple Wenger practice cubes that are available for individual practice and are equipped with pianos. Lockers are also provided for students’ instruments. Please see Mr. Chuck Blattner to reserve a locker.
The primary classrooms of the department are Endicott Hall-210 (EH-210) College Center-113 (CC-113), and College Center-206 (CC-206).
Music Lab (EH-210)
The Music Lab is equipped with 26 Mac stations and is used for Musicianship, Fundamentals, Electronic Music Composition, Music Video Lights, and Audio Production classes. Each computer has a connected synthesizer keyboard. A number of “state of the art” software programs are installed on each computer and include Finale desktop publishing, Digital Performer audio and MIDI sequencer and editor, Practica Musica music theory practice program, Garage Band music looping and sequencing editor, iMovie, iTunes, and iDVD video, and audio programs, Toast Titanium CD and DVD burning programs, Microsoft Office suite, and various graphics editing programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. When the classroom is not occupied with classes, it remains open for individual student work and study from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM every weekday.
Studio A is a state-of-the-art music production studio taking various music technology courses. The studio houses a computer-based multi-track recording system and MIDI sequencing. The studio is connected to five sound-cubes, and drum recording room, and to CC-113 for the recording of various instruments. The studio is a 5.1 Dolby surround-sound suite incorporating contemporary technology for the creation of original music compositions which are mastered on both CD’s and DVD’s. Studio A is RCTC’s main recording studio used by the classes Audio Production 2 and Electronic Music Composition 2 for tracking live instruments, MIDI/Softsynth instruments, and Mixing. Studio A Equipment List
Studio B is an audio recording and MIDI sequencing studio used by students taking the first semester of Electronic Music Composition. The studio is used for individual studio compositions and is equipped with a large selection of various contemporary creation hardware and software. Studio B is a simple overdub/MIDI recording studio used by Electronic Music Composition 1. Studio B Equipment List
Studio C is a simple overdub audio recording studio used by students taking the first semester of Audio Production 1. The studio is used for individual studio recording projects and is equipped with a basic selection of contemporary creation hardware and software. Studio C Equipment List
Studio ST-105 is an audio recording studio used by students taking both the Audio Production 1 and Electronic Music Composition 1 courses. The studio is used for individual studio recording and composition projects and is equipped with an expanded group of hardware used in the creation of Dolby 5.1 surround-sound projects. The control room is connected to a large multi-camera video production space with 24-channels of audio input for recording larger ensembles with video recording and production. The main function of this studio is for surround mixing, overdubs, and the reproduction of everyday sound effects work. Studio ST-105 Equipment List
Studio GL-127 is an audio recording and MIDI sequencing studio used by the Music Tech Club and students taking both the Audio Production and Electronic Music Composition courses, to learn DJ-ing, vocal overdub, and make beats. . The studio is used for individual studio recording and composition projects and is equipped with the same hardware and software of both Studio A and Studio B. Available to all RCTC students through the Music Tech Club. Studio GL-127 Equipment List
Band Room (CC-113)
The Band Room is used for both rehearsal space and for various classes. The acoustically treated space is equipped with a grand piano, percussion equipment, a large video projection system and a surround-sound audio system. The Band Room is used by Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, World Drum Ensemble, Aires Show-Choir, Popular Music, Rock Band Ensemble and Audio Production 2.
The lighting rig used for Music Video Lights, Electronic Music Composition, and Music Production is located on the fourth floor Cafeteria. This space is often used for mixers and performances sponsored by the Music Tech Club, concerts organized by Student Life, and a secondary performance space for many of RCTC’s music ensembles.
Piano Studio (CC-206)
The Piano Studio has 20 electronic pianos and a new Hamilton grand piano. Class piano, voice, and piano lessons are held here. Each keyboard is connected to a communication system to the teacher’s station used during class piano. The room is also equipped with a fine audio system and a computer used for the Smart Music program which can be used to accompany students practicing their voice or instrument repertoire.
The department provides multiple Wenger practice cubes that are available for individual practice and are equipped with pianos. The practice cubes are available for all RCTC students.
Located at HT111, the Hill Theater is the primary performance space and seats 350. The space features a newly-rebuilt 9-foot Steinway grand piano. Band, Choir, and Electronic Music performances are held here, as well as Theater productions and concerts by visiting performers.
Lockers are provided for students’ instruments. Please contact Michael Mangan to reserve a locker.