About Music Technology at Lewis

The Lewis University Music Department is committed to providing students with state of the art technology to assist them in creative endeavors and to help them develop their musical skills. State of the art electronic music lab is continually being updated as technology progresses.

The Department of Music is home to two primary facilities dedicated to music technology: The Department of Music offers a minor in music technology. In addition to creative projects and classes, Students in music technology classes get further hands on experience recording concerts and projects for the university, providing sound reinforcement for Arts&Ideas events, and being involved in the production of the internationally acclaimed, Electronic Music Midwest Festival (EMM) whcih brings over 50 professional electroacoustic composers to campus for nine concerts in during the fall term.

For further information about music technology at Lewis University, please contact mcferrmi@lewisu.edu

Recording Studio

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The Electronic Music Facility at Lewis University houses a state-of-the-art Recording Studio and Digital Audio Post-Production Studio (DAPPS). This facility features:

This iMac has notation, sampler, sequencing, and ProTools DAW software installed. Microphones and a portable hard disk and portable CD-R recorder can be checked out by students for field sampling and recording projects.


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The Department of Music features a computer-assisted instruction (CAI) and MIDI lab with state-of-the-art technology and is continually being updated as new technologies become available. Open to students for over 60 hours per week, this lab is used primarily for music theory/ear-training skill development, composition, and research. Workstations are networked for audio, LAN, and internet. In addition to commercial software, computers are also loaded with theory/ear-training software developed by students and faculty at Lewis University.

Students are encouraged to work on personal creative endeavors such as composition and orchestration. The electronic lab provides students with the necessary tools to create a professional product. Students can promote their music by creating their CDs and uploading MP3 files to a website.

This facility features:


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LO-L: "Laptop Orchestra - Lewis" debut concert. November 18, 2011.

Music studenta, Ted Hendry and Paige Przybylski

Music student, Justin Kempiak

Dr. McFerron (mixer) and Christian Alequin (front) at "Battle of the Bands" - Fall 2007

Music student, Ted Hendry, demonstrates his interactive software for use with live percussion

In 2006, students from the recording ensemble built "Spajak", an unique electroacoustic performance instrument. (L-R) Juan Torres, Justin Kempiak, Paul Manning, Chris Parker, Jake Oprondek, and Shauntea Hollis.

Lewis student, Jason Savsani, performs on "Spajak"

The computer screen during a laptop. Lewis students participated in the Chicago Composers Forum sponsored "MUSIC + ART" open house at the Zhou B. Center in Bridgeport.

Lewis student, Paul Manning

Paul Manning (Left) and Christopher Preissing, president of the Chicago Composers Forum, laptop jamming at the Zhou B. Center

Dr. McFerron at the laptop jam

Quincy Wright and Albert Contreras jamming

Lewis student workers at Electronic Music Midwest 2004

Front Left to Right: Paul Manning, Albert Contreras, Alex Loeber Back row: Jake Oprondek, Quincy Wright, Juan Torres

Quincy Wright (left) and Albert Contreras (right) with pioneering electroacoustic composer, Don Malone during Electronic Music Midwest 2005

Quincy Wright at Electronic Music Midwest 2005

Lewis student, Chris Parker.