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. Classrooms are equipped with grand pianos, audio-visual systems, and comfortable seating. Two acoustically superb performance facilities—the 250-seat PNC Recital Hall and the Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation—are among the many places you'll have access to for rehearsals, classes, and performances. Recording studios and music technology labs throughout the building can be accessed with a swipe of the student's ID card. There are also student lounge areas and a vending/dining/study area that provide an atmosphere for socializing, discussing class assignments, and grabbing a quick snack between rehearsals. Lockers are available in the building for students to store instruments and personal belongings.
In addition to on-campus facilities, the Mary Pappert School of Music is equipped with the latest in online learning technology. Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) classrooms are designed to accommodate the simultaneous teaching of in-person students and online learners through a combination of sophisticated audio/visual equipment and Zoom meetings. To better handle the unique needs for high-quality audio for music students, our school has become the first University in the world to implement a 48-channel high definition audio system, called Iqoya, to enable two-way communication for classroom instruction anywhere in the world. It also enables us to maintain four stereo broadcast internet radio stations for concert/recital streaming. This system, installed in 2020, is available to students and faculty through the Institute of Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts.
The school is also 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. For security, a system of surveillance cameras is located inside and outside of the building. As a music student, you will typically have access to the building from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. seven days a week.
All Steinway School
The Mary Pappert School of Music is counted among a highly select group of prestigious schools of music that are officially designated as "All Steinway Schools." You will have access to 68 Steinway pianos that are part of the school's performance halls and rehearsal rooms, as well as teaching and practice studios. If your applied instrument is piano, you will also have access to specially designated rooms that contain baby grand pianos; other practice rooms are supplied with studio upright pianos. A two-manual harpsichord is also available for practice and recitals.