Practice Rooms/Instrument Lockers

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For the fall semester, normal building hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8am-10pm; Friday, 8am-5pm; Saturday, 12pm-5pm; Sunday, 2pm-10pm.

The practice facility in Lincoln Hall is open to the entire Cornell community on a first-come, first-served basis. Practice rooms in the basement of Lincoln Hall include eight rooms with grand pianos, five with upright pianos, ten without pianos, and one drum set practice room (accessible only with the permission of the percussion instructor**). A key is needed for grand piano practice rooms (see below); it is issued only to those who make appropriate practice-room arrangements.


  • A grand piano practice room may be reserved for up to 12 hours per week for the semester (note: blackout times apply)
  • No-piano and upright piano rooms are always unlocked, first-come-first-serve.
  • A valid Cornell ID is required.
  • Fees are not prorated and are non-refundable.

Practice-room reservations must be made in person in 101 Lincoln Hall. ID cards will be encoded for 24-hour building access after appropriate practice-room fees have been paid. Students in music classes will receive 24-hour access after September 10. For the fall semester, after-hours and special room sign-ups begin on August 10, for the spring on January 2, and for summer on June 1.

All practice rooms will be available only for one person at a time.

In accordance with current Cornell policy, masks must be worn at all times until you are inside a practice room with the door closed.

Spit-valves must not be drained onto floors. Drain either into a closeable container that has disinfectant in it to neutralize pathogens, or onto an absorbent pad with a nonporous backing. Spit containers should be emptied in a sink and containers washed after every use. Absorbent pads should be disposed of in the trash can.

Food and beverages are not allowed in Practice Rooms. Please do not place anything atop pianos.

Noncompliance with any health and safety standards may result in loss of practice room privileges.

    Practice Room Fees

    Fee payments are required in fall, spring, and summer for after-hours and special room access. Fees may be bursared during the fall and spring semesters, but must be paid by cash or check in the summer. The fees listed are per semester.

    • Grand piano * $100
    • Upright piano $75
    • No piano $35
    • Drumset **$40

    * Note that Grand Piano Practice Rooms are always locked; a key is issued to the user after a $20 key deposit (cash only) and the practice-room fee is paid. The key deposit will be refunded upon return of the key, but is forfeited if the key is lost. To set up access, contact Fumi Nagasaki-Pracel at

    ** By special permission only. Contact Mike Sparhuber (Drumset room only)


    Instrument lockers are available for rental. The lockers will be assigned to students via email and a $15 bursar fee will be charged (cash will no longer be accepted).  

    Interested students for Fall 2021 should contact Fumi Nagasaki-Pracel ( to receive the Locker Agreement Form via email. Send the signed agreement back to Fumi to receive the locker assignment and combination.

    For large locker users:
    The number of large lockers for cello, guitar, baritone saxophone or other large and/or long instruments is limited, and assignment is prioritized to students who enroll in music ensemble classes. If you would like to sign out a large locker, send an email to Fumi Nagasaki-Pracel ( Lockers will be assigned after students’ enrollment in ensembles is confirmed.