Facilities and Membership
There are a range of facilities available to facilitate both group and ensemble practice and performance. The majority of these can be found in the three main Music Office buildings:
Opening Hours of the Music Office's Buildings
|Monday to Friday||Practice & Rehearsal: 8:30 to 23:00||Practice & Rehearsal: 08:30 to 21:00||Practice & Rehearsal: Main building 07:00 to 23:00 The Amp Room Available 24/7|
|Saturday & Sunday||Practice & Rehearsal: 09:00 to 23:00||Practice & Rehearsal: 09:00 to 21:00||Practice & Rehearsal: Main building 07:00 to 23:00 The Amp Room Available 24/7|
Practice facilities for more unusual/less portable instruments
The University owns a number of Grand Pianos, including two Steinways and a Broadwood Concert Grand. These are located in ensemble rooms which can also be booked for individual practice.
- Practice Organ with full size pedal board is located in Clayden Ensemble Room
- Chapel 2 Manual Organ is available with permission from the James Theodosius: email@example.com
Other opportunities in the local area include:
- St Michael and All Angels, Mt. Dinham
- Mary Arches Church
- Crediton Parish Church
- St Margaret's, Topsham
Our full size Concert Salvi Harp is located in Knightley and can be played and booked by Music Card holders with permission from the Music Office.
Percussion instruments, including a marimba and xylophone, are located in Kay House and can be booked by Music Card holders with permission from the Music Office.
No amplified music may be practised in Clayden. Very low amounts of amplification may be used (i.e. small jazz/amplified folk), by arrangement in Knightley, and there is a silent practice kit located in Practice Room 3 (You will need your own sticks).
The Cornwall House Band Practice Room is also available, and is run by Campus Bands. Please contact them for details about booking.
The Amp Room in Kay House offers Music Card holders a soundproof environment in which to practice live amplified music. There is an online booking system for reserving a practice session in the Amp Room. Please advise the Music Office when you make your first reservation, as access priorities will need to be set to your UniCard.
Note: all users of the Amp Room will be permitted to book no more than 9 hours of practice time per week (Sunday to Saturday, inclusive). The maximum duration of any one session booked in a week will be 3 hours, i.e. you may book 3 sessions of 3 hours duration each, but a practice session of 4 hours duration will not be approved.
There are Music Scholarships available specifically for sound engineering, and opportunities for anyone interested to learn how to set up a mixing desk. It is possible to gain considerable experience recording the various bands and ensembles in the University. Music Week also contains an introduction to Sound Engineering, and there will be workshops during the year.