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The lower level of the Music Department features 11 newly renovated practice rooms, available to all students (regardless of major) on a first-come, first-serve basis. The practice rooms, each of which includes a piano, music stand, and chair, are grouped into three hubs (34, 35, and 36) accessible from the left-hand side of the hallway which extends straight from the lower level door past Hartman Rehearsal Hall (map).
In each hub of 4 practice rooms, the two rooms closest to the hallway door (rooms A and D) have upright pianos, while the rooms farthest from the door (rooms B and C) have grand pianos. All rooms are unlocked and available to all students, but students enrolled in IIP piano lessons (MUS 53) have priority access to the grand piano practice rooms (rooms B and D). If all grand piano practice rooms are in use, a MUS 53 student in need of practice space may ask a non-MUS 53 student to vacate a grand piano room for them.
What if all the practice rooms are in use?
If you find all the practice rooms occupied, head upstairs to the front office of the Music Department and speak to the Administrative Assistant or the Department Administrator (hours: 8:30 AM-4:30 PM). They may be able to find an open classroom, studio, or rehearsal room and reserve it for your practice session.
If you are enrolled in IIP piano lessons (MUS 53) and all grand piano rooms are taken, you may ask a non-piano student in one of the grand piano rooms to vacate the space for you.
Practice rooms are open 7 days a week, 8:00 AM-midnight, except for on certain holidays when the Hopkins Center building is closed.