Lessons, Instruments and Practice Rooms
Due to the COVID-19 precautions, PRACTICE ROOM ACCESS HAS CHANGED! (read below for more details). [last revised 3/30/21]
Below is information about:
Any undergraduate student who performs at an intermediate level, reads music fluently, and qualifies by audition can study privately at the Eastman School of Music. These individual studio lessons at Eastman are offered for collegiate credit (you may not audit) and count towards your total hours of registration each semester. Lessons are typically taught by graduate teaching assistants.
The current plan for Fall 2021 is to hold in-person (socially-distant) auditions and classes at Eastman. However, if COVID-19 restrictions warrant, either or both may be conducted online. Check this page frequently for the most up-to-date information.
Please note, if you are currently taking lessons (or took them Spring '21), you are not required to re-audition. Instead you will receive an email from Amanda Sharpe (ESM Academic Affairs) with registration instructions.
Students wishing to take individual studio lessons must audition first. Students must fill out the audition web form to obtain an audition spot. This should be done as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, August 20, 2021 (4PM EST).
The current plan for Fall 2021 is to hold in-person (socially-distant) auditions at Eastman. However, if COVID-19 restrictions warrant, auditions may be conducted online or via prerecorded video. Check this page frequently for the most up-to-date information.
For more in-depth information, please visit and read the following page: Individual Studio Lessons for River Campus Students
Lessons for Beginners
Students who are interested in taking beginner-level classes can do so through the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) without credit and for a fee. For more information, please call (585) 274-1400 or visit the ECMS website.
Due to the COVID-19 precautions, practice room access has changed!
SPURRIER rooms are open and available by online reservations only, but you must sign up for a web account (read below for more details).
STRONG rooms are also open and available by online reservations only, but you must sign up for a web account (read below for more details). Please note, Strong rooms are for 1) music majors/minors; 2) students taking ESM 160 Primary lesson; and 3) students storing orchestral instruments in Strong.
[last revised 3/30/21]
The primary location of practice rooms on the River Campus are in Spurrier Hall (located between the Towers athletic field and Susan B. Anthony Hall). See a map of rooms. Rooms are currently available 12 Noon to 11:30 PM. There are other, more restricted-use, rooms in Strong auditorium. All of these rooms are kept locked and by online reservation only (see below). The cost for new room access is a one-time fee of $50 ($40 fee, plus a refundable $10 deposit). CASH or CHECK ONLY, please. Note this fee may be reduced or waived for students of documented financial need (contact the Music Department, in confidence, for more information).
NEW STUDENTS (and/or you do nothave a #55 or CAA2 practice room key)
1) Download & print the form - New Practice Room
2) Make an appointment for Practice Room Access Authorization (will be in Dewey Hall 1-339, by appointment only).
3) Bring the completed form and $50 cash or check at the time chosen above.
4) After your appointment, and upon approval, you will receive authorization and instructions to begin reserving the practice rooms.
RETURNING STUDENTS (you already have a #55 or CAA2 practice room key)
1) Download & print the form - Returning Practice Room
2) Make an appointment for Practice Room Access Authorization (will be in Dewey Hall 1-339, by appointment only – bring the completed formAND your old keys!!).
3) After your appointment, and upon approval, you will receive authorization and instructions to begin reserving the practice rooms.
[Please read carefully]
Given the enhanced safety protocols in place for the fall 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have changed the way students will utilize practice space on the River Campus (Spurrier and Strong). These general policies will apply to all practice spaces:
- Training/Symptom Tracking: All students who access practice rooms must have completed the University’s COVID-19 Safety Training in Blackboard and completing their daily Dr. Chatbot symptom tracking.
- Reservations required: All practice rooms on the River Campus must be reserved - on-line- in advance. There are no exceptions. See below “How to get access to on-line reservations” for details (if you don't, you won't be able to make reservations . . .)
- Cleaning rooms and pianos: Students will adhere to posted cleaning protocols in all practice rooms and utilize the provided cleaning products as instructed. While the University has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols throughout the facilities, individual students are responsible for cleaning their practice room before and after each session. Put simply - you will clean/disinfect the room and the piano therein before and after practicing. Cleaning is to be done within and considered a part of the reservation time.
- Breaks between sessions: The schedule for room usage requires a break of at least 30 minutes (15 minutes before and after each reservation) between practice sessions in each room. This will allow for an exchange of air in the room and provide ample time for virus particles to settle and be cleaned more easily.
- Occupancy limits: All practice rooms are limited to an occupancy of one (1) student at a time. No exceptions. One occupant to a room. Failure to abide by this limit will result in immediate revocation of practice room access. For group practice rooms (Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Combos, etc.) email Jimmy Warlick
- These polices are subject to change throughout the semester. The Music Department and Office of Academic Affairs will solicit student and faculty feedback throughout the semester and will work diligently to ensure that students have appropriate access to practice spaces.
- On-site student workers, who have access to the on-line reservation schedules, will monitor the practice rooms to ensure students are practicing only in rooms previously reserved and following all other practice room rules and regulations.
Students who violate the practice room policies (including uncivil and/or disrespectful behavior toward the student monitors) will lose their access to the practice rooms and may be subject to disciplinary action per the University of Rochester Student Code of Conduct.
Private Percussion Practice Rooms (drum set)
Contact Jimmy Warlickfor details [revised 8/22/20].
For students seeking non-ensemble or non-academic band rehearsal space (i.e., those wondering, "Where can my rock/metal/punk-fusion/jam band rehearse on campus?"), contact our friends at the MIF (Music Interest Floor) located at the top of Wilder Tower in Jackson Court.
We have a limited number of rooms for both practice and storage of percussion equipment, large strings (double bass and cello), and larger brass instruments. These rooms are made available on a first-come, first-serve basis to students participating in ensembles or taking lessons at Eastman. The cost for the required set of keys is $50 ($40 fee, plus a refundable $10 deposit), CASH or CHECK ONLY.
Contact Jimmy Warlick for details.
The Department has certain instruments for loan. However these are reserved for use by members of the ensembles and for specific ensemble use only. Contact Jimmy Warlick for details.
If you are having problems with your instrument (brass, winds, strings, guitars, percussion, electronic, etc.) contact Jimmy Warlick in the Music Department, as he can either fix the problem, or if it is something beyond his expertise, can facilitate repair at one of the local repair shops. Most issues with instruments are minor and can often be remedied on the spot, so if you are having problems do not panic. Instead, contact Jimmy and he will tell you whether to panic or not . . .