College of Music, Billman Music Pavilion

East Lansing, Michigan


Michigan State University


45,500 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design Team
Kirkegaard Associates; Peter Basso Associates; Structural Design Incorporated; Beckett & Raeder; Schuler & Shook

TMP Architecture served as architect-of-record for the expansion and renovation of Michigan State University College of Music’s practice, teaching, rehearsal, and technology spaces, officially named the Billman Music Pavilion. MSU’s College of Music is a leader in nurturing musical excellence, and the existing 1940s facility no longer met basic 20th-century expectations or 21st-century demands. The college wanted to significantly enhance its facilities for teaching, practicing, and rehearsing to attract and retain students and faculty members.

Additions and renovations extend to all parts of the program, truly reflecting the quality of music within and ensuring a modern learning environment for all. The renovation and expansion add much-needed specialized rehearsal spaces, practice rooms, a large lecture hall, faculty studios and offices, a recording and multimedia room, and a public gathering space with a café.

Climate control and improved acoustics enhance all performances, and larger, flexible practice areas accommodate ensembles, choirs, and seminars. Purpose-built spaces for student-faculty studio collaboration and improvements in hearing protection for musicians also highlight the attention to functional design within the space.

Additional Information

Associated Firm

Bora Architects



Cost per Sq Ft



Louis I. Kahn Citation

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