In addition to the center being the first of its kind in the nation with many unique offerings under one roof, it’s a music educational facility versus a performance facility, and its mission is to serve people (music educators, students and community members) throughout Wisconsin.
Why was the center built in Waunakee?
All areas of the state were explored and considered, but Waunakee was ultimately selected for a variety of reasons, such as proximity to Interstate 90/94 for ease of travel from throughout the state, location near our state capitol where many other state organizations are headquartered and money-saving incentives offered by the village of Waunakee.
Is the center open to the public?
Teachers, students and others are welcome to visit the center. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those wishing to visit outside of the regular business hours may make an appointment by calling our office at 608-850-3566.
Is the resource center accessible like a public library?
The resource center is currently the most accessible space in the facility. However, it is different from a public library because the primary audience for the resource center is music educators. Also, because it isn’t staffed or funded like a public library, the protocol for its use is different based on limited and specialized resources.
Are materials available to check out from the resource center?
Materials housed in the Wolf Resource Center are “reference only” and may not be checked out. We invite you to come peruse the resources in our comfortable spaces, and we have pianos and computers available for your use as you review music.
Can other groups schedule the facility for an outside meeting?
Yes. We welcome other organizations to rent meeting space. We can accommodate groups from five to 75 people.
Is tenant space still available?
Please contact Laurie Fellenz by email or phone at 608-850-3566 for more information.
How does the center benefit WSMA and WMEA programs and services?
The center benefits WSMA’s programs in several ways:
Committee & Board Meetings
- Both WSMA and WMEA hold numerous committee and board meetings each year. The center allows the organizations to host these meetings in-office where we can provide AV services, meeting equipment & space, and basic catering at little or no cost. Additionally, music resources such as multiple pianos, music, and a listening station are available for use.
Solo & Ensemble Festivals
- Teachers, students, parents, private teachers and others may preview selections on the WSMA Festival Music List in the resource center.
- Additional workspace in the center increases efficiency for extra help needed during festival season to process permissions and contact judges.
State Honors Music Projects (Middle Level and High School)
- The high quality State Honors repertoire now has a home in the Ralph Houghton Honors Library. The library also features past Honors programs and recordings. Many of the State Honors selections are part of the WSMA Festival Music List, increasing the quality of the selections recommended for school music groups.
- A complete list of State Honors repertoire, conductors and recordings is now available.
- The recording studio will improve sight-reading options during auditions.
Music Curriculum Resources
- The center houses a collection of K-12 music curricula for study by school board members, college music education majors, music teachers, parents, administrators and others interested in studying curricula. It includes music curricula from Wisconsin schools and curriculum guidelines from other states.
WSMA History and Advocacy
- Teachers, board members and anyone interested in reading WSMA’s rich history of providing support and leadership to school music programs can read archived magazines and much more. These publications are in the resource center and have never been accessible before now. As we move forward into an exciting future, there is much to learn and respect from the past.
- Advocacy materials are also available and accessible in the resource center.
For answers to any other questions you may have, please contact the Wisconsin Center for Music Education at 608-850-3566.