The College of Arts and Architecture

School of Music Facilities

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Offices/Studios & Equipment

Faculty members are assigned an office which generally includes a desk, piano, filing cabinets, phone, and computer, and for performance faculty, flip cameras and zoom recorders. If you need additional furniture or other equipment, please notify the Director.

The University uses “Voice Over IP” for its telephone service rather than an external phone provider. If you do not find a reference guide in your desk, see the staff about getting a copy of the “Quick Reference Guide." Information about telecommunication and other networking services provided by Penn State can be found at This site is only accessible from a computer used on campus.


Faculty members are assigned a mailbox in the Mailroom, 235 Music I. Basic office supplies are available in 236 Music I. For after-hours access to that space, you may use the touchpad entry system. Contact Beth Nackley for the current code.


See Beth Nackley to get office/studio/classroom keys. Many rooms in Music I and II are locked; Beth can assign keys for access to spaces where you have teaching responsibilities.


Faculty and teaching assistants are assigned an access code for the copier in the mailroom by Beth Nackley. Typically, this is a portion of your Penn State ID number (five digits long starting with the second digit). Because the mailroom is unlocked during the day, please do not give your access codes to anyone. If materials need to be copied for a student, please do this yourself (or have a TA assist) rather than giving your code to students. Because of the number of users and the very large amount of copying done, do not use the copier for personal copying. Please use course packs and online resources for teaching rather than copying large amounts of materials for classes.


The School’s Technology Committee is charged with advising the Director and faculty on matters of technology. The Faculty Technology Guide provides details about resources and the names of individuals who are available to assist. For computer support, contact the college help desk at 865-1571.

Livestreaming Equipment

During the summer of 2013, funds were received from Student Technology Fees to purchase equipment for the specific use of livestreaming School of Music supported events. This equipment includes: 2 laptops, mixer, camcorder, video capture card, and microphones. Ustream service (Penn State School of Music) is also a part of the livestream effort.

This equipment is meant to be used as a unit and should not be separated. To protect it from damage or setting changes etc. that could interfere in future school broadcasts, it will be stored privately and can only be used by those authorized by the director.

Classroom Equipment

Rooms 100, 115, and 117 Music I are “General Purpose Classrooms,” meaning that they are used by departments outside the School of Music, and they are unlocked at all times. All three contain a full complement of built-in teaching technology, including a computer, projector, document reader, and sound system in a locked cabinet. Epson smart boards are present in 100 and 117.

Equipment in the General Purpose Classrooms is maintained by the University, so please follow the instructions located in those classrooms either to report malfunctioning equipment or to request instruction on its use. Other music faculty members who have taught in these spaces may also be able to assist, so check with the office staff for recommendations. Irene Kohute can provide the combination for locks in these rooms as well as combination locks in other Music I and II classrooms.

Most locked classrooms in Music I and II have been equipped with sound and projection systems, and a technology cart is available for checkout. See the Faculty Technology Guide for details and the names of individuals who are available to assist.

Computer Security

According to University Policy AD23, “...the integrity of institutional data (including Computerized Institutional Data) must be assured. All institutional data must be protected from unauthorized modification, destruction or disclosure, whether accidental or intentional.” Accordingly, the University has classified information to be either "public" or "restricted" depending on the level of protection that must exist for computers or networks to process, transmit, or store the information. Restricted data may include but is not limited to:

•  social security numbers
•  human subject information
•  non-directory information, including photographs of individuals unless permission has been obtained for their use
•  admission and financial aid information
•  personally identifiable grade or transcript information
•  ethnicity data other than aggregate statistics
•  disability status other than aggregate statistics

Restricted data on computers should be protected or removed if that information is no longer essential to your work. The main concern is liability in the event that a computer is lost or stolen. Particularly for laptop users, check your files and attachments, and delete any restricted information.