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High-tech music making

Here you’ll have the freedom to create music in state-of-the-art facilities like the composition lab and sound room.


  •   Author: Michal Rubingh
  •   Published: October 16, 2019
  •   Author: Michal Rubingh
  •   Published: October 16, 2019

If you know anything about composing music in today’s world, you know it means being familiar with technology. At Calvin, you’ll find an array of high-quality music technology at your fingertips.

“One of the highlights of Calvin’s music department is its intentionality in integrating technology with music,” says William VanZytveld, a music minor. Music students like him have access to state-of-the-art music tools every day.

Our new composition lab houses over a dozen computers connected to a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboard. This means you’ll be able to compose music on a keyboard and the notated music will appear on your computer screen through notation software. In a classroom setting, your professor will be able to project the music they’re playing so everyone can see. And the composition lab is open to anyone—not just music majors!

This automatic notation is made possible by the selection of high-caliber keyboards that are available for you to create music on. Not only do they connect to notation software—making your job a lot easier—but they also offer a variety of synth, brass, and string sounds that normal digital keyboards don’t.

For anyone who cares about quality sound (read: all music majors), the sound room will become your second home. This is where the editing magic happens. While some might settle for that scratchy orchestra sound in the background of their masterpiece, you don’t have to. The software program in the sound room will make you think you have a live orchestra at your disposal.

No matter where your composition process starts—on a walk in the nature preserve, at the piano, or on GarageBand—here you'll have the tools you need to take you all the way to the Recital Hall. At Calvin, you can see your music develop from an idea into a full composition performed live on stage.

  •   Author: Michal Rubingh
  •   Published: October 16, 2019

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