Student playing on an upright piano in a practice room.

Because practice makes perfect.

Because practice makes perfect.

All Georgia Tech students can sign up for practice room access in Couch. This includes undergraduate and graduate students from any major, as well as all faculty and staff on campus. Practice space access lasts all semester, from the first day of class until the last day of finals,  24/7. Our space is available for you any time you feel the inspiration to come play your instrument of choice, sing, or do both at the same time!

Standard Rules for Practice Room Usage

Currently, we have four practice rooms available for use on a daily basis. They are rooms 104, 204, 206, and 209.

There are digital pianos available to play in all four practice rooms (Kawai models CN34B and CA48B). Additionally, there is a Yamaha upright piano located in room 209 if you prefer a more acoustic sound. We do not have any grand pianos available for practice. The locked acoustic piano in 104 is not for general student use. This is for faculty to use for specific classes. Please do not try to unlock this piano for any reason without faculty approval. There is also a drum set in Room 204.

If you wish to play an instrument other than a piano or the drums in 204, you must bring your own instrument.

Due to the high volume of customers who purchase access, you will not receive a personal message informing you of when you receive access.

Generally, if you’ve paid for access, expect your buzzcard to have access by the end of the next business day (EG, if you buy access on Monday afternoon, it will be ready by Tuesday afternoon or sooner. If you purchase on a weekend, you must wait until Monday).

Our rules are simple, but strictly enforced:

  1. Music room access is $15 per semester for students enrolled in a MUSI class and $30 for all other members of the Georgia Tech Community. If you are taking a MUSI class, please contact your professor for a promo code to receive the lower rate. Access is free for BS, MS, and PhD students in music technology (see the Teams site for music tech students for calendar signup).
  2. Access to practice rooms is granted at the beginning of the semester and terminates at the end of each semester. For instance, if you paid for access for Spring, you must then pay the fee for Summer semester after Spring finals are over to continue using our spaces.
  3. After you have used a practice room, please place trash in the trash cans (this includes broken drumsticks) and remove all of your personal items. Also, please make sure the door is fully closed behind you. Please help us keep our building secure.
  4. Once you sign up, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that includes a link to reserve practice room time in advance. You may also practice in any room that is unoccupied without making a reservation.
  5. Please be considerate when reserving practice rooms.
    • Do not reserve rooms for more than one hour at a time.  You are allowed to make recurring reservations, but please keep them to one hour each timeslot.
    • If you need to reserve a room for longer than one hour, please send an email to music@gatech.edu with an explanation as to why you need to reserve the room for longer than normal.  Most exceptions will be granted with a valid explanation.  We reserve the right to delete reservations that are excessive with notification to the student who makes the reservation.
    • Do not reserve multiple rooms during the same timeslot.
    • We only have 4 practice rooms and we have over 300 students who need access.  Please be considerate of everyone!
  6. Priority goes to those with reservations, so if you have a reservation and someone is in the room during your practice time, kindly let them know that you have a reservation and they should allow you to use a room.
  7. If you are using a practice room without a reservation and someone with a reservation arrives, you must allow them to use the room.
  8. If you plan to practice in a group that involves any singers, woodwind players, or brass players, please review our covid guidance for ensembles.
  9. Be sure to list your FULL NAME on the reservation in the Team UP Calendar
    • It is very important that we know who is using these practice rooms.
    • Recurring reservations with no FULL NAME will be deleted.
  10. If there will be multiple people practicing in the room with you, be sure to list all students who will be using the room on the reservation in the "Who" field.
    • Every person who is using the room should have Buzzcard access (MT majors or those who have purchased Practice Room Rental Access).
    • Do not let anyone into the Couch Building or a Practice Room who does not have Buzzcard access.
  11. If you have made a reservation for a practice room but wish to delete it or modify it and cannot, please send an email to questions@music.gatech.edu and we will delete it for you.
  12. We realize you may have to move chairs around. Please stack the chairs up or straighten them by placing them neatly against the wall before you leave.
  13. Playing of the drum set and amplified instruments is not allowed Monday through Friday between 11 am and 4 pm.
    • We have students working and studying at those times - please be considerate.
    • Scheduled rehearsals for MUSI 3551 are exempt from this policy.
  14. Pianos, drums, and amplifiers are all very expensive! Please treat them with kindness and respect as we don't have the funds to replace them if they get broken!
  15. VERY IMPORTANT!!! Do not let anyone into the building. Everyone should be using their own Buzzcards to gain access to Couch. You have this privilege because you have paid for practice rooms. NO ONE should be in the building after hours unless they have been given access via their Buzzcard.

Note: Current BS, MS, and PhD music technology majors do not need to purchase practice room access. You can schedule time through the School of Music Students, Faculty, and Staff team on Microsoft Teams. Click on the "Practice Room and Lab Reservation Calendar" tab in the general channel.

For any technical issues with the website for purchasing access, please contact helpdesk@design.gatech.edu.  For all other inquiries, please email rental-questions@music.gatech.edu.

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