Music Learning, Research and Technology Lab

If you need academic help, come see the "gurus." 

The gurus are undergraduate tutors in the Music Learning, Research and Technology Lab qualified to tutor students in a variety of academic subjects, including music theory, aural skills, and music history. Two graduate students work in the lab as supervisors and also assist with tutoring. The lab offers additional help with:

  • assignments
  • test preparation
  • review of subject matter
  • quiet study space

The lab is always supportive. Tutors and graduate supervisors work together to make sure all students who come to the lab develop the skills necessary to reach their fullest potential.

We're popular!

The tutoring lab is used extensively by students within the Hayes School of Music. During Fall semester 2014, students spent more than 900 hours in the tutoring lab, with several individuals accumulating more than 15 hours of one-on-one tutoring. The lab tends to offer about 500 hours of tutoring per year!

A recent article explaining the lab's overall trends was recently published in The Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy Online. Other schools, including Michigan State University and East Carolina University, have modeled their tutoring centers after Appalachian's, which opened in 2008.

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6 PM until 9 PM 


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Frequently Tutored Subjects

Music history, aural skills, and music theory are the most frequently tutored subjects in the lab, but students have been known to come to the lab to study for a biology test or practice for a speech.

Want to be a guru?

Applications are accepted at the end of each semester. Qualifications are a 3.6 GPA, completion of Theory V, a willingness to work evenings, strong keyboard and sight singing skills, and an interest in working with different learning styles and backgrounds. Most guru alumni are now teaching full time in the public school systems or are in master's or doctoral programs across the country.


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