The School of Music maintains 56 practice rooms, found on the second floor of the HFAC in the A, B, C, and E wings. These practice rooms contain a variety of musical instruments and are set up to accommodate different student needs.

Reservations are offered to music majors enrolled in private lesson courses and to organ students enrolled in Music 160R during fall and winter semesters. No reservations are offered in spring and summer terms, when rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations for practice rooms are made online in SOMIS (School of Music Information System). Specific rooms and practice times are assigned to students based on their instrument and academic degree program.

The BYU School of Music will use thorough and comprehensive measures to provide a clean and safe environment in the practice rooms. We want to do our part to create an environment that will allow students to continue to practice and make music. Despite these exhaustive measures, we will be unable to completely prevent the risk of infection.

Those using practice rooms do so at their own risk.

THESE POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME BASED UPON CHANGING CONDITIONS AND INFORMATION. VISIT THIS SITE FREQUENTLY FOR UPDATES.

SANITATION

  • Practice rooms (including piano keys, music stands, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, etc.) will be fully sanitized by Building Care once per day.
  • Practice rooms will be sprayed by Building Care at least once per day with E-Mister (a fast-acting air purifier). Practice rooms may also be sprayed at intervals throughout the day.
  • Students will be required to wash hands and use hand sanitizer before entering the practice rooms. Hand sanitizer will be provided on each hallway and, in some cases, in the individual practice room.
  • Students will be required to use cleaning materials (provided by the School of Music and Building Care) to wipe down music stands, chairs, light switches, doorknobs, and any other surfaces that they use (including piano or organ keys) before and after their practice session.
  • Building Care will make sure that all cleaning materials are replenished daily.
  • Spit valves and other fluids may not be emptied onto the floor of a practice room. Valves must be emptied onto a disposable cloth (like a puppy pad or Windsorb) and safely discarded in the trash, or onto a personal cloth that is carefully taken home and washed daily.
  • Masks will be required at all times in the practice rooms (and everywhere on the BYU campus). A student whose instrument cannot be played through a mask may lower the mask to the chin in order to play but should replace the mask for periods between playing.
  • Only one person at a time will be allowed in any individual practice room.
  • Signs will be posted at each practice room to remind students of these protocols.
  • All protocols are subject to change.

SCHEDULING

As we prepare for the healthy and appropriately cautious use of the practice rooms in the Harris Fine Arts Center, we are constrained to adopt new hours of use, reservation procedures, and sanitization practices. This will reduce the number of hours students will be permitted to reserve rooms. Please contact your studio teacher for specific guidelines with regard to the number of hours of weekly practice required for your specific major as well as ideas for productive practicing that can be done away from a practice room and your instrument.

Below you will find the current practice room plan for Fall 2020. Additional information may be added as well as changes made at any time. Please check back periodically for possible updates and changes.

  • Hours of available use of practice rooms will be from 8 AM-10 PM. There will be a mandatory one hour cleaning of ALL practice rooms from 12-1 PM and another from 5-6 PM. During each of these two hours, ALL practice rooms will be unavailable so they can be cleaned and air-purifying cleaning agents sprayed. ALL practice rooms as well as all other spaces in the School of Music and the HFAC will receive a deeper cleaning between 10 PM and 8 AM and will be unavailable for reservation or use.
  • Students will only be permitted to register for a room during one of the three 4-hour blocks on a given day. That room is for their use and ONLY their use during that 4-hour block. Further information will be forthcoming regarding the number of blocks each student will be permitted to reserve in a week.
  • You may only use the practice room for which you have a reservation. This will facilitate tracking of infection if needed.
  • Use will be restricted to music majors only.
  • Scheduling practice rooms will occur online. Certain instruments may have priority to use certain rooms.
  • The reservation process will be by seniority as it has been in the past.
  • If it is possible for you to practice in an off-campus location, we encourage you to do so in order to free up time for those that must practice on campus.
  • Due to cleaning and sanitizing requirements, the following larger rooms will NOT be available for individual practice at ANY time during the Fall semester: C-580, C-485, E-400, E-432, E-335, E-353, E-371, E-379, E-250, E-251, A-244, A-230, A-211, and C-130.

Please see the important information below regarding necessary changes to our practice room reservation process. In particular, please note the BIG CHANGES to both WHEN the process will take place AND HOW the process works. As with everything we are doing during this pandemic period, all these changes are targeting providing spaces that can be as safe as possible for you. Your adherence to the policies and procedures you have received and are receiving is paramount to any hope of success we may have of being able to continue on-campus classes and use of spaces.

NOTE: If you are doing your course work remotely and not planning to be on campus, please DO NOT reserve a room at all.

WHEN

The practice room reservation process will begin THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 27TH at 6:00 AM and proceed as follows:

  • Thursday, August 27th –beginning 6:00 AM – Students registered for 660, 560, and 460 may begin to reserve
  • Friday, August 28th – beginning 6:00 AM – Students registered for 360, 359, and 260 may begin to reserve

IMPORTANT NOTE: Organ, Harp, and Percussion students will be reserving your practice rooms through your primary studio head. You will not be reserving rooms through this process.

HOW

The reservation process will be handled through the somis.byu.edu website, as it has been in the past. However, what you will see and what you will be permitted to do will be different. Here are the steps you should follow:

  • Log in to somis.byu.edu and click on the link that says “Click here to Reserve Practice Rooms”
  • You will see the system page as you have in the past that allows you to see the room list, what instrument is in it, and the times available for reservation each day. However, you will only see a

one-hour time slot that you can select if it is open. That one-hour slot represents a 4-hour block of time. That means that the room you select is YOURS and ONLY YOURS for that 4-hour block. The 4-hour blocks begin at 8 AM, 1 PM, and 6 PM.

  • You will ONLY be permitted to reserve a TOTAL of TWO 4-hour blocks. We know that the blocks may cross over some of your other already-scheduled classes, but we have no control over that. You should consider spacing your two blocks in the week, with one earlier and one later, if possible.
  • ALL practice rooms during the hours of Noon-1:00 PM, 5-6 PM, and 10 PM-8 AM will be RESTRICTED FROM ANY USE so they can be cleaned and sanitized prior to use by the next student. PLEASE  DO NOT try to use any other rooms at any other times than the ones you have reserved. Doing so may result in the suspension of your further use of practice rooms.

As stated in a previous notification and on the website, we know this is not ideal. We know 8 hours per week is not what your teachers expect you to practice. We have asked and are asking all private teachers to help all students learn new and creative ways to hone their craft and skills (practice) AWAY from practice rooms and, in some cases, their instruments. These alternative practice skills will become very important for future circumstances and living conditions in your lives and will prove invaluable.

Finally, let’s all – each one of us personally – make a commitment to helping each other make the best of a difficult and challenging situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

PERCUSSION: ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES

  • All percussion students will wipe down shared mallets such as bass drum, tam tam, triangle beaters, etc., at the beginning and end of rehearsals.
  • Avoid touching any part of an instrument that is a wood playing surface: rosewood bars are not designed to be cleaned several times a day. If an instrument needs to be moved, handling and disinfecting the frame of the instrument is better. If you do touch the bars, disinfect them. All plastic and metal playing surfaces can be wiped with disinfectant without harming the instrument.
  • Use a practice pad instead of HFAC practice rooms if at all possible.
  • Vacate percussion practice rooms after one hour.
  • A maximum of two practice rooms may be reserved each day per individual student. You may only use the practice room that you have reserved. Get in the habit of at-home practice and serious mental practice.
  • Percussion practice room assignments will be made by the Percussion Area Coordinator.

Harp: Additional Guidelines

  • Of the three harp rooms, one will be for lessons only, one for harp majors practice only, and one for non-majors practice only. All harp majors with harps at home will practice at home exclusively.
  • This leaves three harp majors who will share one practice room. Harp majors will still be allowed to access all three rooms to remove harps for large ensemble rehearsals (if required).
  • Harp practice room assignments will be made by the Harp Area Coordinator.
  • All harpists will wash hands thoroughly and then use hand sanitizer before touching a harp. This will reduce both the grime that builds up on the harps and will disinfect them as much as possible since we are unable to thoroughly disinfect the wood. All harpists will do the same after a lesson or practice session.
  • Additionally, harpists will sanitize their strings at the start of each lesson or practice session.
  • Harpists will also follow the same hand sanitizing protocols before using the harp hand trucks and benches.
  • The harp TA will wipe down the wood portion of the harps once a week according to the manufacturer directions.

Piano: Additional Guidelines

  • If you are living off campus and/or are able to practice in your local chapels or at home, we encourage you to continue to practice off campus.
  • Work with the piano faculty to determine a rotation to ensure that everyone has access to the better pianos on campus.
  • Piano practice room assignments will be made by the Piano Area Coordinator.

Organ: Additional Guidelines

  • Those using organs must wipe down all normally touched surfaces: keys, thumb pistons and other manual controls and peripherals, key cheeks, the front and back of stop controls, bench tops, bench adjustment devices, and the practice room entry keypad.
  • Check with your organ professor about other guidelines specific to those studying organ.
  • Organ practice room assignments will be made by the Organ Area Coordinator.
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