Here's a look at nine of the most
in-demand spaces on campus: the Goodspeed Hall practice
In the hierarchy of Goodspeed Hall's
practice rooms, graduate students in music get first dibs,
followed by undergrads concentrating in the department,
then members of departmental performance ensembles, next
students in general, then faculty, staff, spouses, and alumni.
Class sessions, like Mwata Bowden's Jazz Theory and Improvisation
course or chamber music coachings with the Pacifica Quartet,
trump everything. Rooms are open from 8:30 a.m. til 10 p.m.
on weekdays, 10 til 5 on Saturdays, and noon til 10 on Sundays.
rhythm of occupancy follows time of day (mornings are slow),
upcoming performances, and week into the quarter. And usage
is growing, says Barbara Schubert, director of performing
programs: "This year I auditioned more freshmen than
ever before" for the department's 11 ensembles. It's
just as important for those who don't make a group to have
practice space and time "People who stop participating
in music during college often don't go back to it. They
need to get the model of working music into their lives."