Practice Rooms and instruments
PRACTICE ROOMS & INSTRUMENTS
The School offers free loan of unusual orchestral instruments to 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. 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, 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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MST Band Practice Rooms
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.