Practice Rooms and instruments
The School offers free loan of unusual orchestral instruments to Music students requiring them for the University Orchestra. These include cor anglais, E flat and bass clarinets and double basses. The student leader of the University Orchestra is traditionally given loan of a fine 18th-century violin donated to the School by Professor Harrison.
The School has a range of brass instruments (Eb and Bb cornets, tenor horn, baritone and Eb bass) for the brass band.
There is also an extensive collection of orchestral percussion, including four tam-tams,xylophone and marimba, as well as instruments more normally associated with jazz or Afro-Caribbean music, such as vibraphone, congas and hand-percussion. Music students wishing to play on original instruments have access to a full chest of viols plus a second bass viol, as well as a range of wind instruments including recorders, sackbut, cornetti and cornettini, serpent, crumhorn and natural horn. Students also have access to many non-Western musical instruments from Africa and the Far East. The University owns a Balinese gamelan which is in the care of the ethnomusicologists in the Department of Social Anthropology.
The school has the 8 practice rooms available for music students, all with pianos, 2 of the pianos are baby grands. There is an organ in the McMordie Hall and one in the Whitla Hall. The School also has an extensive range of early keyboard instruments.
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Music Society members have exclusive access to Practice Room 10 which is available to book for individual instrumental practice or use of the piano.
(Please note; This is the only practice room available to students who are not studying one of the Music degree pathways.)
Situated in the Main Site Tower basement are a suite of four rooms - three performance and one control room for recording. All the rooms are linked together to allow studio quality audio recordings.
MST Room 1; 2x fender frontman 212r amps, 1x Yamaha p-125 Digital Piano, 1x Pearl Export kit, 1x Yamaha U3 upright Piano, 1x Thomann dsp110 loudspeakers, 1x rack behringer s16 and headlite headphone amp. MST Room 2; 2x Hartke a100 bass amps, 2x fender frontman 212r amps, 1x Yamaha p-125 Digital Piano, 1x Pearl Export kit, 1x Thomann dsp110 loudspeaker, 1x soundcraft notepad 12fx mixer, 1x Yamaha U1 upright Piano. MST Room 3; 1x Marshall JVM 205H 50w valve amp head ,1x Marshall JCM 900 Lead 1936 2x12 Cab, 1x Peavey Max 126 Bass amp, 1x Yamaha p-125 Digital Piano, 1x Pearl Export kit, 2x Thomann dsp110 loudspeaker, 1x soundcraft notepad 12fx mixer, 1x rack behringer s16 and headlite headphone amp. Please note that access to these rooms is exclusively for Music students.