School Of Music

Building/Facilities Usage

Building Hours

Howard Hall is open to the public from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend hours vary and are posted on the School of Music Bulletin boards and on each outer door. Music majors are given 24-hour access to Howard Hall through the southwest door. After the 15th class day of each semester, access codes will assigned to eligible music majors. For your safety, and the safety of all students in the building after hours, NEVER SHARE YOUR STUDENT ID OR CAT CARD WITH ANYONE.

Classroom/Rehearsal Room

Classrooms (117, 179, and 184) and the rehearsal room (130) are reserved for regularly scheduled classes. Generally, these rooms are not accessible in the evenings and on weekends. For after-hours classroom reservations, a Room Reservation form, signed by the Music Office, must be presented to the monitor on duty in the computer lab.

Computer Lab: Room 127

Software programs for computer assisted instruction in music theory and aural skills, as well as composition and recording programs, are installed on these computers for student use. You must be enrolled in an eligible class in order to utilize the computers and software in Room 127. Eligible classes include any theory, aural skills, music technology, composition or orchestration class. Hours of operation for Room 127 will be posted on the door each semester.

Computer Lab Monitors will receive instruction and training from the Head of Music Technology in addition to the responsibilities listed below.

Computer Lab Monitor Procedures/Responsibilities

  • While working as a monitor in the Computer Lab, you are to assist users and perform regular equipment maintenance, including:
    • Turn computers and printers on and check that they have started correctly.
    • Check paper and supplies for the printer.
    • Make sure that the projector on the Reynolds Smart Podium is turned off after classes end.
    • You are responsible for equipment checkout (along with the Concert Technical Director), access control to the MONSTER studios, and all lab duties as assigned each semester in the "Notes for Lab Monitors" document posted in the lab.
  • Under no circumstances is your employment time to be used as your personal study or practice period. If you have been given no duties to perform during your employment time, check with the Music Office staff or the Computer Support Specialist for additional work.
  • No additional software is to be installed on the computers without the permission of the Head of Music Technology.
  • Absolutely no food or drinks are permitted in the Computer Lab. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • The Computer Lab is not a social gathering place for students. Computer Lab monitors are expected to maintain the Computer Lab as an instructional classroom.
  • During the evening hours, you are responsible for door and room control of the building while on duty. This responsibility includes:
    • Opening classroom doors (117, 179, 184, & the Recital Hall) for students with completed Room Reservation forms.
    • Locking classroom doors and MONSTER studio doors after classes end, and when approved users end their occupancy.
    • Opening Reynolds Recital Hall, only for students with signed Room Reservation Forms.
    • Locking backstage and lobby doors to Reynolds Recital Hall after classes end, after concerts end, and when approved users end their occupancy.
    • Locking outside doors if you are the only person closing the building. If locking the outside doors, be certain to check that all outside doors (including the outside door to 184, the instrument storage room door, and the backstage corridor doors) are latched.
  • You are also responsible for control of the practice rooms. Unlock the practice rooms for use. Periodically, check the practice room area for possible abuse of the instruments and/or equipment. Food and drinks are not allowed in the practice rooms. Alcohol possession/use is unlawful on the entire University campus. Anyone found with alcohol in their possession or using alcohol in these practice rooms is subject to immediate University suspension.
  • You are empowered and expected to enforce all rules posted on the sign titled "Lab Rules", located on the wall and in the log book. You are responsible for ensuring all lab users sign in and out. When the Head of Music Technology or Computer Support Specialist provides instructions for computer use and maintenance, you are responsible for following those instructions.

Use of Practice Rooms

  1. Practice rooms are to remain locked when not in use. It is recommended that students lock the rooms from the inside at night when using them for safety.
  2. Practice rooms may be reserved by the hour. A reservation sheet will be placed on the door of each room. If a room remains vacant at 10 minutes after the hour, even with a reservation on the room, that room shall be considered available for use by anyone.
  3. Practice rooms 'A' and 'G' are for use WITH accompanists only. Practice room 'A' is set aside for use by vocalists with accompanists, and practice room 'G' is set aside for use by instrumentalists with accompanists. As with all practice rooms, if a room remains vacant at 10 minutes after the hour, even with a reservation on the room, that room shall be considered available for use by anyone.
  4. Practice rooms 'B' through 'F' are for piano practice only. Practice rooms 'T' through 'W' are for use by percussionists only. Practice room 'S' is for harpists only.
  5. Music majors may check out keys for a semester from the front office to gain entrance to practice rooms. There is a refundable fee for this key. Only music majors may check out keys.
  6. All other users of practice rooms must inquire in the front office during office business hours or in the computer lab during evening building hours if they wish to use a practice room.
  7. Practice rooms are NOT to be used for socialization or for homework which does not require the use of a piano or other instrument. Please be considerate of others who may be waiting for a room in which to practice music.

Reynolds Recital Hall

The procedures for reserving and using Reynolds Recital Hall are intended to facilitate authorized use and to provide maximum flexibility while maintaining control of the facilities. The following guidelines and procedures are to be followed for scheduling rehearsals/performances in Reynolds Recital Hall:

  1. Time reserved in the Schedule of Classes for class meetings and rehearsals is not available.
  2. If a full recital is in preparation, a student is allowed a maximum of four hours of rehearsal time in Reynolds. The Room Reservation Form must be signed by the student's Applied Music instructor and the School Director prior to final scheduling by the School of Music Administrative Assistant.
  3. Students participating in a general student recital are allowed a maximum of one hour of rehearsal time in Reynolds. The Room Reservation Form must be signed by the student's Applied Music instructor and the School Director prior to final scheduling by the School of Music Administrative Assistant.
  4. A Room Reservation form, signed by the Music Office, is required for student use of Reynolds Recital Hall. Students may not practice in Reynolds without a reservation.
  5. Other non-departmental users must complete a Facility Use Agreement and have the approval of the School Director (Music).

Concert Monitor Procedures/Responsibilities

All Monitors are responsible for making sure the Recital Hall is empty, the stage cleared of all equipment. If a piano was used for the performance, put the padded cover on the piano and lock it; turn off all lights and close and lock all doors. Monitors should also "cruise" the building to make sure the building is empty (unless the building is officially open - i.e. monitor working in computer lab). If the building is to be locked up, physically check all outside doors to make sure they are latched.

All monitors should arrive at Howard Hall no later than 7:00 PM for a 7:30 PM concert, or 30 minutes prior to concert start time. There are 3 classifications of monitor:

  • Ticket monitor - The ticket monitor will be arranged by the School of Music staff. This is usually the same individual for all concerts which require ticket sales. Instructions for ticket sales may be obtained from Kim Eggemeyer in the School of Music office.
  • Stage Monitor - Stage monitors should make themselves known to the faculty member or artist in charge of the concert in order to receive specific instructions. The stage monitor should also make himself known to the recording technician in order to coordinate lighting duties. Instructions for stage monitors are posted by the headset backstage.
  • Program monitor - This person will hand out programs. They may get the programs in the Music Office during the day of the concert, or if on a weekend, the last working day prior to the concert. After the performance begins, one of these monitors should remain by the doors to the recital hall to prevent late-comers from entering during any performance. When permitting persons to enter (between pieces only), request those persons to be seated quickly. Stage Monitor duties will take priority over program monitor duties. If for any reason, the stage monitor is not present, the program monitor must be prepared to take the place of the stage monitor. Programs can be left on a music stand near the entrance to the recital hall.

Recording Technicians:

You are responsible for following recording procedures exactly as listed on the "Contract for Recording Services" document handed out in Music Technology classes. As a student recordist, you represent the Music Technology program for the larger MSU community. This is a professional-level job and a serious responsibility. You are responsible for following recording procedures as practiced in class and listed in detail on the instruction sheets in the booth.

The Music Technology program has a zero-tolerance policy on misuse of MSU facilities. Late arrival to recording duties will result in a 10-point deduction from your final grade in the Music Technology class in which you are currently enrolled. Failure to appear for a recording job will result in an automatic failure for the final grade.

The day of the concert, you are responsible for meeting Kim or Whitney to obtain the keys to the booth. For weekend concerts, please see the monitor in the computer lab for keys. You must arrive at Howard Hall by 7:00 PM the evening of the concert, or no later than 30 minutes prior to the concert time. The recording tech should make a point of coordinating with the stage monitor concerning lights - who will be responsible, cues, etc. Make your presence known to the director or performer and ask if there are any special instructions for lighting. Please leave the completed CDs in the booth and deliver the booth key to the monitor on duty in the Computer Lab.


Bozeman is a large community with increasing occurrences of theft, vandalism, etc. For those reasons, students are advised to:

  1. Insure musical instruments and other valuables.
  2. Keep practice room doors locked while practicing, and keep MONSTER studio doors locked. Lock practice rooms when momentarily leaving if you leave personal belongings in them.
  3. Keep instrumental and personal lockers locked at all times.
  4. Close all doors to classrooms, rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, and studios when you leave. Be certain these doors are locked.
  5. Carry your University ID card with you at all times.

School of Music personnel reserve the right to inspect any School-owned property (instruments, equipment, etc.) removed from Howard Hall.