Practice Rooms Protocol

The Department of Music has 18 general practice rooms, six grand piano practice rooms, one graduate student grand piano room, one percussion room, one harp/organ room, and an organ/chamber music room.   

Most practice rooms are equipped with mirrors and a music stand secured in the room. Stands should not be moved from rooms. It is recommended that each instrumentalist have a portable music stand for rehearsals in rooms when there aren’t enough stands.

All practice rooms are locked. Access is by key which can be signed out from the Music General Office (FAB 3-82) during regular office hours.

Practice rooms may not be booked but they are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Students may book other department rooms in preparation for recitals or juries by contacting Music general receptionNote: There are NO practice rooms available for general students. You must be involved in one of our programs or in a Music Department ensemble to have access to a practice room.

On short notice, students may also request the best available room from Music reception. After verifying a room is not in use, the student may sign out a key for a classroom or rehearsal room in exchange for a valid Onecard (other forms of ID are not accepted). Keys must be returned in time for the next scheduled event. A late fee may be assessed for keys not returned promptly.

All spaces must be left in the appropriate “neutral state” at the end of a practice or rehearsal. Please return stands and chairs to their places, switch off lights, and close the door until it is locked.

If you choose to work after regular hours, please ensure someone knows you are working alone and in what location. Campus Safewalk service is available to all students after regular hours. Please call Safewalk at 780.492.5563. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or Campus Protective Services at 780.492.5050. Emergency Phones are located in the Main Stairwell on each floor of FAB.

Eligibility, Key Deposits & General Rules

  • Key Deposits

    Practice Room Key Deposits

    Please note each key or access card signed out requires payment of a separate deposit of $100, refundable when the key or access card is returned in accordance with the conditions listed below. Each key or access card signed out must be returned in person to the Music General Office.

    Students must return all keys and access cards at the end of eligibility, or the deposit is forfeited. Failure to return a key may result in an encumbrance being placed on a student’s file with the Registrar.

    Students will forfeit their deposit if their practice room keys or access cards are lost or stolen, and must pay a new deposit for any replacement key or access card. 

    Please do not copy your keys. Copying keys is a violation of the Student Code of Behaviour. Students found in possession of a copied key will forfeit access to all practice facilities and may be subject to further punitive action.

    Fees are assessed according to the following:


    Students Eligible by Program

    Students are entitled to use Music practice rooms as long as they are enrolled in a Music degree program and pay the deposit for each key. Keys will be returned by April 30 of the final year as a Music student, or by the last day of exams if the Fall term is the final term as a Music student. Students will have their Onecard encoded to provide after-hours access to practice rooms.


    Students Eligible by Course

    Students are eligible to use Music practice rooms as long as they are enrolled in the specified courses and pay the deposit for each key. Keys will be returned by the end of the exam period in the term of the course. Students will have their Onecard encoded to provide after-hours access to practice rooms.


    Students Eligible by No-Credit Ensemble  (Special Conditions)

    $100 deposit fee per key. In addition, students are encouraged to have their Onecard encoded to provide after-hours access to practice rooms. If this is not done during the allotted encoding period, they may pay a $100 deposit to receive a temporary access card.


  • Practice Room Rules
    Practice Room Rules
    1. Practice room rules are posted on the door of each practice room and on the Music website. Every student eligible to use the practice rooms will honour the Practice Room Rules:
    2. Safety first! Please take precautions when practicing after hours.
    3. Theft is a reality. Please do not leave personal belongings unattended. Personal items left overnight may be disposed of by MSA Officers.
    4. Do not let unauthorized persons have access to facilities. Authorized persons have their own keys.
    5. No food or smoking in practice rooms
    6. Do not place drinks on the pianos or benches
    7. Do not use an eraser on or over the piano or organ keyboard
    8. If you leave the room for more than 10 minutes, please be aware you that are forfeiting possession of the space. Do not leave your instrument unattended as a means of holding a practice room.
    9. Please report any problems with the pianos to our piano technician by email on the Piano Service Request on the Music website under Student Resources.
    10. When you leave a practice room, turn off the lights and close the door until it locks.

    If you choose to work after regular hours, please ensure someone knows you are working alone and in what location. Campus Safewalk service is available to all students after regular hours. Please call Safewalk at 780.492.5563. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or Campus Protective Services at 780.492.5050. Emergency Phones are located in the Main Stairwell on each floor of FAB.

  • Student Eligibilty

    Eligibility for Practice Room Keys

    Please note priority is given to students registered in Applied Music.

    Students will be provided a key for their respective practice spaces: grand piano rooms for piano majors, designated rooms for harp, organ and percussion, and general practice rooms for all other majors.

    There are three categories of eligibility for practice room access.


    Eligible by Program

    Students registered in the following programs: BMus;  BMus/BEd;  MMus;  DMus

    Students registered in Music MA or PhD programs,  by special request.


    Eligible by Course

    Students not eligible by program, but registered in applied music courses X24; X26; X27

    Students registered in instrumental techniques courses 213; 214; 215

    Students registered in Department of Music ensembles


    Eligible by No-Credit Ensemble

    Students not eligible by program or course, and participating but not registered in Department of Music ensembles (see Students Eligible by No-Credit Ensemble below for special conditions).