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Learn and Perform in State-of-the-Art Facilities

The Mary Pappert School of Music is housed in a 4 story building on the main campus of Duquesne University. The school is in close proximity to dormitories, parking facilities, dining facilities and the Gumberg Library/Mary Jane Schulz Music Library. Acoustically treated classrooms with high ceilings provide an aesthetically pleasing environment for experiencing and studying music. Classrooms are equipped with grand pianos, audio-visual systems and comfortable seating. The 250 seat PNC recital hall is suited for both traditional and cutting-edge musical performance with 2 Steinway concert grand pianos, a harpsichord, theatrical lighting system and a multi-media AV system with 5.1 surround sound. Three student lounge areas and a vending/dining/study area provide an atmosphere for socializing, discussing class assignments and grabbing a quick snack between rehearsals. There are three recording studios, a music technology lab and a keyboard/computer lab which can be accessed with a swipe of the student’s ID card. Lockers are available in the building for students to store instruments and personal belongings. For security, a system of surveillance cameras is located inside and outside of the building. Music students have access to the building from 6:00am until 1:00am seven days a week.

As you practice your craft, you'll rehearse and perform in top-notch facilities, such as Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation. In addition, the Mary Pappert School of Music is now counted among a select group of music schools designated as "All-Steinway Schools." Our 68 Steinway pianos are part of our performance halls and rehearsal rooms, as well as the teaching and practice studios.

All Steinway School

all steinway schoolThe Mary Pappert School of Music is now counted among a highly select group of prestigious schools of music that are officially designated as “All Steinway Schools." The 68 Steinway pianos are part of the school's performance hall and rehearsal rooms, as well as the teaching and practice studios. Piano majors practice in specially designated rooms that contain grand pianos; other practice rooms are supplied with studio upright pianos. A two-manual harpsichord is also available for practice and recitals.