Music Technology 

Message from the Director

Music technology is integral to the study of music at Winthrop University. Freshman course offerings are designed to orient incoming students to the Computer Music Lab and build a foundation of music technology skills critical to success in our music degree programs. A variety of upper-undergraduate and graduate level courses integrate technology into a wide range of music activities including composition, arranging, orchestration, theory, and pedagogy. The Music Department is dedicated to providing students with cutting-edge music technology and the instruction necessary to ensure that they remain competitive in the technology-oriented musical world of the 21st century. The music department technology facilities include the Computer Music Lab, the Computer Music Studio, and the music department recording facilities.

Ronald Keith Parks, Ph.D., Director



  • Computer Music Lab (Dacus Library)

  • Recording Studio (Conservatory of Music)

  • Editing Studio (Conservatory)


Winthrop Computer Music Studio Policies

The Winthrop University Computer Music Studio is a single-user audio production facility designed for the composition and realization of computer music. Lab access is limited to students studying composition who are working on computer music composition projects and to faculty wishing to utilize the studio for audio production or composition. All users must obtain a login from the Director.

Schedule: At the outset of each semester select students will be assigned four hours per week in the Computer Music Studio. You may utilize your studio time for any activity you see fit. Unused reserved studio time may be claimed by other users on a first come basis. However, if you claim someone's unused time and they show up during their allotted time you must yield the remainder of their time to them.

The Winthrop University Computer Music Studios adheres to the rules and regulations published for all Winthrop University Computer labs. For a complete list of university-wide computer lab regulations visit the Winthrop University Information Technology Policies page. Many of the University-wide rules are duplicated in the list below.

Winthrop University Computer Music Studio Rules and Policies

  • Do not download or install any software. This includes e-mail and chat software such as AOL, Instant Messenger, or games.

  • NO PORN. State law prohibits the display of pornographic material in public places. The Computer Music Studio is a public access lab, do not access any web pages you would not want a child to see.

  • No food or drinks in the Studio.

  • Be considerate of your neighbors on the 3rd floor and keep the noise level at a minimum.

  • Save all your work to removable media or your Z: drive. Do NOT save work to the local hard drive. The computers in the studio are purged at the conclusion of each semester.

  • Do not make changes to the studio configuration without prior permission from the director.

  • Users not working on music homework assignments or music projects may be asked to relinquish use of the studio to students working on Department of Music assigned course work or projects.

  • Lab attendants are not available for the computer music studio. Please help us to keep all equipment and software secure and functioning properly by reporting all problems promptly to the director at