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Getting Concrete about Environmental Stewardship

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Plan goals: Invest in technology and facilities needed for excellent education • Explore the creative use of information technology in learning and teaching

Thanks to just what might be the most innovative practice technology since Beethoven popularized the metronome, College musicians can practice virtually anywhere with the simple push of a button--in a Gothic cathedral, a baroque concert hall, a vast arena, or a modern recital hall. To prepare for future performances in such wide-ranging acoustical environments, musicians enter the "V-Room," V as in "virtual" acoustics.

Located in Pratt Hall, the room works like this. A musician selects one of nine location buttons on the room's wall panel and then starts playing; his or her own sounds are then heard in a simulation of the "ambient sound" of the selected location. Linda Laderach, associate professor of music and an accomplished professional violinist, was the primary force behind the V-Room acquisition. Laderach notes that she has performed in such varied locations as an ambassador's residence in Paris, churches of different sizes, and in large auditoriums--spaces that call for very different playing styles. Most students, she says, "are not yet aware of the adjustments such locations demand. We need to prepare them for performing in a wide range of environments. The V-Room helps do this."

The room is the first of its kind in the Five College consortium. In fact, only a handful of V-Rooms exists on the East Coast. For Laderach, the facility reflects exciting ingenuity in the world of acoustical technology. "The V-Room is a tangible example of how technology can be used to enhance learning in the same way that the mirror, metronome, tape recorder, and video do." The V-Room was part of the renovation of Pratt Hall, a funding initiative of the Campaign for Mount Holyoke College.

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