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Musicians’ Union

The MU Experience

imageThe Musicians’ Union is composed of a group of student musicians who enhance campus social life through the avenue of the arts. The club is open to anyone who wishes to participate and share his or her creativity.

The MU exists to:

  • create an welcoming environment that supports student musicians of all talent levels from professionals to those who are just learning to play with others.

  • provide a practice place for students to hone their craft. as well as provide essential equipment (amplifiers, drums, PA system, mikes, etc.) so that students can simply come down with their instrument in hand, plug in and play. All types of music are supported, including Popular, Classical, and World music.

  • maintain and distribute essential equipment so that students can easily come to the rehearsal space with their instrument, plug in (if needed), and play.  

  • maintain a recording space where ensembles of all kinds can reserve time and record songs/pieces as desired. This set up includes a drum set with mics, guitar and bass guitar plug-ins, and a keyboard set up. Vocal mice and other lines are also available.

  • organize music-related events on campus according to the wants and needs of the Union members.

All students are welcome to join the MU, including those who desire not to play but to be supportive of musical performance on campus.  There are no dues, but it is expected that MU members will treat each other and the MU practice space with courtesy. 

 

Practice Spaces:
  • A main rehearsal space housed in Gibson that is shared with the Music Department. This area includes the band recording/rehearsal set-up and storage lockers for securing the club’s gear.

  • A large space in Cain Basement appropriate for practices and jam sessions involving many musicians (subject to athletic schedules in the Cain Gym - see rules below).

MU’s Equipment:
  • 1 drum set with cymbals. 
  • several tube and solid state guitar and bass amplifiers
  • a keyboard
  • a PA system
  • various mics and mic stands
  • a collection of stompboxes and effects
  • various musical instruments, including a guitars, a mandolin, and an ukelele.
  • a computer-based recording interface capable of recording up to 16 tracks.
MU rules:
  • Athletic teams practice above the MU room in Cain Gym and Coaches have offices above the room; the WAC sports information director’s office is directly above the MU room. Therefore no drums or amplified music before 9 pm on weekdays and at times when athletic events are scheduled in the Cain gym.  Excessive sound levels will result in loss of privileges.

  • MU equipment belongs to the MU and should stay in the MU practice rooms unless the event is an MU sponsored event conducted by MU members.  Campus entertainment venues in the student center have their own sound systems.  In rare cases,  an MU member with an event on campus at a sanctioned event can receive permission in writing from the MU Equipment Manager to briefly borrow equipment for a non-MU event.  Loaner forms can be obtained from the MU President or Equipment Manager and must be countersigned by either prior to borrowing the equipment.  In general, such loans are not a good idea.  A person who borrows MU equipment is responsible for its return or replacement should the equipment not be returned in a timely fashion.

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Upcoming Events:

October 25, 2014 - João Paulo Figueiroa, Danielle Cumming & Quartet 122

1:00 PM - Hotchkiss Recital Hall

November 7, 2014 - Jonathan Scales Talk on Self-Production

2:30 PM - Gibson 204

  • After his performance on the 12@Hotchkiss Concert Series, Jonathan Scales will provide a presentation regarding recording a CD, marketing a band, and creating a tour without a label or management company.

  • Click here for more information.

Click here for past events.

 

Resources

  • Music and Tab books with backing tracks in the Miller Library
 

The MU: It’s YOUR Musicians’ Union!  Do something ‘noteworthy’ and get involved!