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SPACES: Maple Tree Studio serves as learning lab

September 28, 2011

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Maple Tree is the college's state-of-the-art recording studio in downtown Beloit. Located in the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education, the studio is tucked right behind Gallery ABBA.

The studio was established in 2004 as part of CELEB. Prior to that, recording classes—and all of the college's audio equipment—were jammed into Eaton Chapel. 

Professor of Music Ian Nie directs Maple Tree, and he puts it to good use. It is regularly booked with classes, music lessons, and recording sessions.

The studio is chock-full of sophisticated equipment, instruments, and software, but Nie doesn't usually promote it as a professional recording space. 

"If I did, there would be no time to teach," he says, and that would defeat Maple Tree's purpose. "This is very much a laboratory for students."

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