PLAINVIEW - A $50,000 gift from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock will help fund an electronic music laboratory at Wayland Baptist University.
The grant covers half of the needed funds for the nearly $100,000 project, which includes installation, faculty training and use of a 15-keyboard SoundTree technology/keyboard lab.
The laboratory will enable students to experience music using electronic keyboards to explore sounds and to learn basic piano keyboard skills including playing songs with one and two hands and performing in duos and quartets. Students are introduced to computer-assisted instruction software including Auralia , Music Lessons and Band-In-A-Box . Music notation is introduced through the Sibelius program and sequencing through the Emagic Logic program. The General Music Curriculum , published by SoundTree, will be used. Personal arrangements and original compositions can be printed out using Sibelius software to facilitate completion of a portfolio for each student.
The fundamental objective of the SoundTree lab is the integration of these technological skills into all areas of the students' university music education, teacher training, lesson-plan development and performance abilities.
"The dream of this lab started six years ago as we created a music technology course with visions of the future toward having an optimum space to teach it. We've only had three workstations until now, and we have electronic pianos that are 30 years old," said Dr. Ann Stutes, chair of the department of music at Wayland. "By building this lab, we are replacing keyboards and adding computers. The exciting thing for the entire music department is that every single music student will benefit from this project. Every course we teach will use the lab in many diverse ways. Once it is completed, it will become the hub of activity for our department."
The Jones Foundation was established by Helen DeVitt Jones in 1984 from profits from her family's share of the sprawling Mallet Ranch in Hockley County. A longtime resident of Lubbock, Jones gave generously to many organizations, especially those with ties to education and the arts. Besides Wayland, the Jones Foundation has supported endeavors by Texas Tech University, the South Plains Food Bank, Lubbock Symphony, Ballet Lubbock, Boy Scouts of America, the League of Women Voters, the United Way, Meals of Wheels, the YWCA as well as libraries, hospitals and other public and private schools. Jones died in 1997.
The music lab is still in need of funding to complete the project. For information on gifts to this or other projects, contact Wayland's development office at 806-291-3427.