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SPRING, 1955


MVusic Unit Plans Centeri

New Campus1
Site Chosen
For Building
Architect's plans fo- an eight'
million dollar music school on
North Campus are now in the
hands of the Board of Regents.
At present, the buildings can-
not be built in "any one year."
Dean Earl V. Moore of the music
school said. "It will take at least
three appropriations from the
State Legislature to build the
physical plant and after funds
are obtained it will take three
years to complete the buildings."
Needs Recognized
Needs of the music school "have
been recognized by the Regents
for many years," Dean Moore said.
Two years ago the Regents drew
up a report for the State Legisla-
ture, discussing preparations and
appropriations for North Campus
The Legislature has not yet
taken action on the issue.
North Campus buildings, equip-
ment and facilities are designed
for professional instruction of at
least 800 students in undergradu-
ate and graduate programs, and
for at least 50 students enrolled as
music majors on Rackham de-
"Admissions could have been
much higher had the physical
plant been adequate to accommo-
date a larger number of students,"
Dean Moore said.
Lack of Space
Lack of space has caused the
music school to limit their enroll-
ment to approximately 500 stu-
dents. The remaining 18,250 non-
music students annot elect music
courses as part of their education.
Facilities for the present enroll-
ment is spread over 13 scattered
buildings in the south campus
area. "Even then," Dean Moore
said, "we are not meeting the de-
mands and needs of the student
With a music school on the
North Campus, facilities on south
campus can be rleased for use
by approximately 1,200 non-music
students wishing to take music
This separation of services "will
be more economical," Dean Moore
said. "Instead of transporting
non-musicstudents to North
Campus for instruction for a sin-
' gle course or an individual lesson
in an instrument or voice, all their
facilities and instructors will be
on south campus."
North Campus Plans
North Campus buildings include
a two-part teaching slab, public
performance facilities and a band
The teaching slab will hold ad-
ministrative and faculty offices,
class instruction facilities, a mu-
sic library, practice studios, and
areas for applied music, large en-
semble and opera facilities.
Administrative o.Iices include a
dean's suite, conference room,
clerical office and ffling space, four
or five executive offices, rest
rooms, a mimeograph room and a
dark room.
The proposed 28 faculty offices
will be utilized by faculty members
in Musicology, Music Literature.
Music Education and Theory as
well as by teaching fellows and
Occupancy Figured
Occupancy of 60 to 70 per cent
has been figured for all class
rooms. Plans call for three semi-
nar rooms, a large lecture hall,
holding 120 to 140 students, three
large classrooms and 10 small

The music library would be
constructed to seat 600 music stu-
dents with xpansion possibilities
for 250 more students. Besides
book stacks holding 65,000 vol-
umes and study areas, the library
will also have phonograph record
storage area, seminar rooms, a
microfilm room and a librarian's
Approximately 250 practice stu-
dios of varying sizes are required.
These studios are planned in one
air-conditioned, expandable build-
ing connected to other parts of the
school by an enclosed corridor.
Smoking lounges will be scat-
tered through the building, because
smoking will not be permitted in
the studios. Studios are planned as
the simplest type of cell. Sound-
proofing of walls, doors and ducts
are proposed. No vindows will be
Studios will be used by singers,
pianists and organists.
Applied Music Facilities
Facilities for ap .lied music in-
struction include 50 studios of
varying size, which would accom-
modate up to 25 students and an
instructor. These studios are to
be air-conditio-ied and provide
two-way systems for recording

A new "dream library"is being
planned for the campus.
The building, called the College
Library, will house books especial-
ly used by undergraduates, al-
though its facilities wil be made
available to all students.
A request of $3,680,000 from the
State Legislature has been made
for construction of the building. It
will be located where the Automo-
tive Lab building now stands. The
Automotive Lab will be torn down
so the College Library may be in
use by fall, 1957.
Open Shelves
About 150,000 volumes, made up
of approximately 50,000 titles, will
be placed on open shelves. The
collection will include reference
books, frequently - used current
periodicals, and all reserved books
now housed in libraries scattered
about the campus.
The remainder of the College
Library will comprise a collection
of basic source books which should
be readily available to undergrad-
Three large study halls are
planned for each level of the
building. They will accommodate
approximately 2,500 students and
will contain individual study ta-
bles, group tables, and upholstered
chairs and sofas.
Smoking will be permitted in ev-
ery part of the building, although
there will be separate non-smoking
study rooms for students allergic
to nicotine and fumes.
Study rooms are planned for
discussion groups and students
who wish to study together for ex-
Coffee and Typometers
All rooms will be air-conditioned
and coffee will be sold at a stand
for students who need to be kept
awake. Typing rooms will be pro-
vided and students will be able to
rent Typometers, about ten cents
for a half hour's typing.
One multi-purpose room is be-
ing planned. It may be employed
as a motion picture "theater" or
a large meeting room. Sixteen to
twenty cubicles will be provided as
individual listening rooms for pho-
nograph record fans. About 100
more people will find individual
phonographs with ear phones
Until the new engineering col-
lege is built on North Campus, the
College Library will house the en-
gineering collection.
All book titles are being checked
so that the most often used vol-
umes may be availablenat the new

Social Science Building


--Daily-John irtzel

-Daily-John Hirtzel


When the University completes
arrangements for buying Ann Ar-
bor High School, the campus will
have a new social science and
language building.
A request totaling $3,836,000
has been made to the State Leg-
islature. On that amount, $1,400,-
000 will be used to purchase the
building. Ann Arbor high school

students will occupy a new school
on Stadium and Main.
Speech department classes, in-
cluding radio and television work,
romance language classes, offices,
and the School of Social Work
will be housed in the building. It
should be ready for occupancy
by fall of 1957.
In addition, $950,000 has been

$236,000 for equipment. While the
remodelling program is in opera-
tion, a new addition will be built.
Estimated cost of the addition -is
In the old section, fireproofing
is planned. New floors and stair-
wells will be put in as well as new
wiring and electrical outlets. A
complete sprinkler system will be

requested for rehabilitation and [ installed.

Literary College Maintains
SSize, Intellectual Leadership



used by the :parching band, sym-
phony band and varsity band and
will be acoustically treated for
both rehearsal and recording pur-
poses. A projection booth, screen
and other audio-visual needs is
also planned.
Instrumint Storage
The instrument storagehroom
will be adjacent to the rehearsal
room, containing lockers and spe-
cially sized shelves and cubicles
for the storing of varying sizes
and shapes of instruments.
A band music library is planned
adjacent to the rehearsal room,
and will hold filing cabinets for
Also planned are lockers, show-
er and uniform rooms; a property
room; instrument repair room and
offices. A drill field will be laid
out in the general vicinity of the
North Campus music school. This
field will be used by the marching
band for rehearsals instead of tFer-
ry Field.
In addition to necessities for
bands, a rehearsal room for the
symphony orchestra, string or-
chestra and other orchestral
groups will be provided. Space for
seating 120 orchestra players and
use of the room for direct record-
ing and television is also proposed.
Library facilities for orchestral
and choral scores might be com-
bined with the band library or
placed in an' adjacent room to the
symphony rehearsal hall.
A large recital hall with a ca-
pacity of 900-1,200 is planned. The
auditorium will have a radio and
television booth at the rear. In
front of the stage will be space for
a small orchestra of 40 players in
a pit. The pit could be converted
to three or four rows of seating
if needed.
The small recital hall is de-
signed with an auditorium with, a
capacity of 350-500 people, as well
as a radio and television booth at
the rear,
Increased Faculty
North Campus facilities, when
constructed, will bring an increas-
ed faculty roster as well as more
students. "The largest call is for
voice and piano instructors," Dean
Moore said.
At present, there : 'e 62 faculty
members on equated fill time. The
figure takes into account half,
part and full time instructors. In-
creased faculty would add 20 more
instructors for an enrollment off

Space Lacl Limits Music Teaching
To Only 556 Undergraduate Students

Dean of the School of Music
Varied responsibilities for in-
struction and service in music to
students in the University rest
upon the School of Music and are
specifically limited at this time
by the available physical facilities
and equipment.
Courses of Instruction
(1) Courses of instruction are
given for the p:eparation of stu-
dents enrolled in this school as
candidates for the professional de-
grees, Bachelor and Master of Mu-
sic, and for students enrolled in
the Horace H. Rackham School of
Graduate Studies, who are work-
ing towards the Master of Arts, the
Doctor of Philosophy, the Doctor
of Education, or the Doctor of
Musical Arts degrees with concen-
tration in music.
The full-time enrollment in the
School of Music for the current
semester is 556; this does not in-
clude music majors enrolled in
the Rackham School.
(2) For students in other units
of the University, courses of a
non-professional or non-technical
character are offered to provide
opportunities foi cultural enrich-
ment and understanding of music
as an art and a literature. Elec-
tions in this category of courses is
over 600 each semester, and as in
courses for School of Music ma-
jors, a limitation is necessary be-
cause of facilities. Applications
for instruction in piano, voice, and
other applied music fields must be
respectfully declined from this
group of students for lack of
teaching and practice facilities.
Many Concerts
(3) Concerts to the number of
over 150 each year are given 'y
faculty and students of the School
of Music. These are complimentary
to the public and provide a rich
experience in "live music" for the
student body and for the commu-
Since 1939, enrollments in the
School of Music by candidates for
the professional degrees have dou-
bled and a similar situation exists
in courses offered for non-music


and universities, and larger than
most of such units giving instruc-
tion at the higher level.
The University provides, in the
several degrees available here in
music, complete coverage of train-
ing from the freshman level to the
highest degrees at the doctoral
Few institutions in the country
maintain this coverage or provide
the leadership and aculty neces-
sary to maintain the quality of in-
struction in these several levels.
Need for Mousing
The most immediate need of the
School of Music is provision for
housing the activities and services
of this unit of the University under
one roof or in a group of adjacent
buildings that have been designed
for the following types of activi-
(1) Teaching functions. Class-
rooms, studios for instruction in
applied music-piano, voice, organ,
etc., and administration offices.
(2) Practice facilities. Practice
studios for individual and small
groups. The graduation standards
of the School of Music require an
average of 3 hours of daily prac-
tice by each student; thus practice
space is directly related to the
number admitted for study in the
r.vr'.frPC. n'n l A nn~rnnC

Stellfeld Acquisition of books and
music recently purchased in Bel-
gium. The needs of the student
body in the School of Music re-
quire a divisional library adjacent
to the teaching and practice facil-
(5) Concert and recital halls.
The School of Music now has no
facility of this character over
which it'has control, and in which
its concerts and rehearsals for
same can be schedules with econo-
my of students' time.
At the present, Hill Auditorium,
Lydia Mendelssohn T h e a t e r,
Rackham Lecture and Assembly
Halls, and Auditorium A in Angell
Hall are used by School of Music
students and faculty whenever ap-
propriate dates can be found.
Since these auditoriums are
open for scheduling by all campus
organizations, the purely educa-
tional needs and responsibilities of
the School of Music must compete
for dates with recreational and
entertainmental programs of all
sorts and objectives.
Since each function in a concert
hall requires at least one previous
period for rehearsal, and since
there are approximately 150 such
concerts in a given year, it is ob-
vious that the needs of the Music
School would fill completely the
schedule of a single concert hall
for performance and appropriate
North Campus Plans
The general plans prepared by
Eero Saarinen and Associates at
the request of the Board of Re-
gents envision all of these needs in
structures that would be erected
on the North Campus.
These plans also provide for ex-
pansion of the teaching and prac-
tice studio units as enrollments
expand. The present designs con-
template an enrollment of a
thousand students on the North
Campus. r
This is not an idle dream.
If the same percentage of stu-
dents now enrolled in the Univer-
sity and specifically registered in
the School of Music 's maintained
in the next ten or fifteen years,

Dean of the College of Literature,
Science, and the Arts
The College of Literature, Sci-
ence and the Arts over many dec-
ades has been one of the largest in
the country, and at the same time
it has maintained an enviable re-
putation in the nation for the qual-
ity of its instruction and the dis-
tinction of its alumni.
This reputation has been earned
through the intellectual vigor and
imaginative teaching of a dedicat-
ed 'and enthusiastic faculty sup-
ported by adequate physical facil-
If we are to continue to absorb
an increasing number of students,
as we must in some measure in
view of the rising tide of the age
groups reaching college years, we
cannot maintain the previous lev-
el of quality or achieve still higher
goals unless an offsetting increase
in staff and facilities is provided.
Recruiting Faculty
We can already anticipate diffi-
culty in recruiting faculty. Smaller
age groups will be the only source
from which we can draw the
teachers required to instruct larger
age groups.
There will inevitably be increas-
ed competition among educational
institutions for the services of
these teachers, and the quality of
new staff will undoubtedly be af-
fected by our ability to maintain
a good wmpetitive position.
During the temporary relief
from enrollment pressure with the
subsidence of the veteran bulge we
have been able to regain ground
in improving the ratio of staff to
With the steady increase in en-
rollment we must keep moving
forward each year with additional
staff, if only to hold our ground.
Upturn in Enrollment
The College is now feeling the
effects of the recent upturn in en-
rollment which shows itself in de-
mands for classroom and office
space. Our student laboratories
are now running close to capacity.
To meet the continued increase
in enrollment, new buildings will
ha nppiarl oniflnkllr , a h nP. i s


The College has already experi-
enced this process in the new Ha-
ven and Mason Hall addition,
where the net gain was reduced by
the enforced destruction of old
The pinch of space will be very
acute before any possible relief will
be in sight.
Looking toward the future, we
hope the necessary steps can be
taken to convert the old Ann Ar-.
bor High School to a building for
Speech and foreign languages and
for the School of Social Work.
A yet undetermined amount of
East and West Medical may be-
come available to the Literary Col-
lege when the new Medical Sci-
ence units are completed near the
The growing congestion in Nat-
ural Science and Chemistry makes
us look longingly toward these old
medical buildings for relief.
Randall Laboratory has n o t
been completed; plans are now be-
ing discussed for an addition to
give more space for Physics and
Three to Five Years
None of these additions can be-
come available in less than three
years and most will require, at the
earliest, five or six years. Large
costs are inevitably involved and
the Legislature has not, by this

The needs of the Literary Col-
lege for staff and buildings must
receive continuing attention in the
coming years. Its faculty carries a
very heavy burden of instruction.
Though the number of students
enrolled in the Literary College in
the fall semester of 1953-1954 was
5,707, the faculty actually taught
the equivalent of 9,534 full-time
Another way of indicating the
services provided by this faculty is
to say that it taught 52% of the
credit hours taught in the Univer-
sity. Of the credit hours taught by
the Literary faculty, about 65%
was to students enrolled in tl~e
Literary College, about 16% to stu-
dents enrolled in the Graduate
School, and 20% to students of
other schools and colleges on the
In view of 'this substantial
amount of instructional service
rendered to students enrolled in
other units of the University it can
truly be said that any faltering
in the Literary College's capacity
to provide good instruction will in-
evitably affect other University
The University Administration
can be expected to make every ef-
fort to obtain the appropriations
for staff and buildings needed, but
it is very apparent that bold moves
will be necessary in these next
years to provide the resources re-
quired' to permit the College to
maintain the level of quality of in-
struction in the face of an increas-
ing quantity of students.
General Library
To Be Reihodeled
If ;present plans go through, the
General Library will undergo an
extensive remodelling program.
A request for $700,000 has been
made to the State Legislature for
remodelling. If granted, the money
will be used to convert the pres-
ent library arrangement into a
more f exible and functional one.
Basement area which formerly
housed the bindery now will be
converted into a library exten-
,.-- Mi n To ,.n . srv o hpi



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