In answer to all your questions! The FAQ :) 

Since we know there will be questions not answered here, if you cannot find what you are looking for come see us in the office (we're nice we promise!), or send us an email at conservatory@lawrence.edu

How (and why) to get a piano key 

Any time you reserve a large rehearsal space (156, 163, harper or chapel) you will also need to check out a piano key if you intend to use the piano, as the grand pianos in these rooms are kept locked. You can check out a piano key from the con office during open hours by requesting one at the window from the student worker or the staff. You can check piano keys out for a period of 24 hours in case your rehearsal is after the hours the office is open.  


 

How to see the Physical Therapist 

Seeing the PT on campus is free. You can sign up for a time to see the PT in advance by putting your name on their schedule at the con office. The PT comes on Mondays and Wednesdays alternating by the week (ex. Week 1 here on Monday, week 2 here on Wednesday. Etc). You can sign up for multiple weeks if needed and your studio teacher is required to let you leave studio class in order to see the PT. Only sign up for one time slot per week, if there is no one else and the PT thinks additional time would be beneficial they will ask if you can stay longer.  


 

When and why to fill out a repertoire report 

Repertoire reports are not required however they can be very useful tools if you think you ever might want to apply to grad school. If you fill out a repertoire report at the end of every term of what you studied and worked on over the course of the term and then turn these in to the con office, at the end of your time at LU you’ll have a complete record of what you’ve done stored for you in your file which gets kept for several after you graduate. So even if you decide 5 years down the road that you want to go back to school, you can always come back to LU and ask to see your repertoire reports to copy down what you’ve worked on!


 

How to get a school instrument 

If you need another instrument for an ensemble you are in, or are studying music ed and are interested in working on a secondary instrument, or perhaps you’ve simply always loved the clarinet want to try it and your clarinet player friend has said they’ll teach you, you can check out a school instrument with faculty approval. The first step is filling out the instrument loan form, at which point you agree that you take responsibility for the instrument while it’s in your care. When you submit it, it goes on to the faculty you listed to approve your loan (generally your studio professor or the professor of the instrument you’re interested in), and once it’s approved you’ll get an email from the con office saying that you can come pick up the instrument! Easy as that. Don’t forget that school instruments need to be returned or renewed each year, and that if you have an instrument longer than a year you become responsible for its maintenance costs.  


 

My school instrument needs repair what do I do?  

Depending on what happened, either the school will repair it or you will be responsible for repairing it. Lawrence covers the cost of all general maintenance for school instruments through the first year of an instrument loan. If you continue to use the instrument exclusively after that point you become responsible for general care and maintenance. If the damage occurred because of negligence on your part then the repair would be your responsibility to cover regardless of when it takes place during the instrument loan. If the financial cost of repairs is an issue please speak with the con office about possible solutions.  


 

How to make an academic petition 

If you need to file for a petition related to your conservatory classwork, simply download the form from the conservatory office sharepoint, fill out the top portion with all the relevant information, get the required signatures and drop it off at the conservatory office, we’ll take it from there! 


 

How do I make an appointment to see Dean Pertl and/or Dean Stannard? 

Ask to speak with or email Rosie Cannizzo and she can help you schedule a meeting with one of the deans.  


 

Where is the lost and found? 

There are several places lost items go. If anything valuable is lost in the con it is generally brought up to the office (think: cell phone, wireless earbuds, wallets, etc). When we get IDs or wallets we email the person right away. Lost music/paper usually ends up at the paper lost and found by the vending machines in the lower lobby. All the other lost items (water bottles, rosin, coats, etc.) are brought to the lost and found underneath the chapel. Walk down the percussion hallway towards the elevator, turn left and immediately right, walk to the end of that hallway (between the lockers) and go up the stairs and through the doors, you’ll see a few bass lockers and the lost and found is on the shelving farther into that larger room ahead of you.  


 

Harper Reservation Guidelines 

Harper is reserved first and foremost for recital and recital preparations. In terms 1 and 2 there is generally more available time for other reservations (think large chamber groups, recordings etc), however in term 3 generally only recital reservations will be approved.  


 

Lockers – who gets them, how to get one, how to keep one. What happens if my lock breaks? 

All music majors (BM, BA/BM, BAM, BA in Music) will be assigned a locker that will be theirs for the duration of their time at Lawrence. Students who receive the ensemble award will also be assigned a locker. Students who are non-majors but who play in an ensemble or take lessons may ask for a locker on a first come, first served basis. These will be assigned for the year only and must be cleaned out at the end of the school year before the student departs for the summer. If your situation changes during the school year, or you are a non-major who wishes to keep the locker over the summer you should speak with the con office about that possibility. If your locker lock breaks bring the broken lock to the con office and we will get you a replacement! 


 

Can I make copies in the con office?  

If your studio professor sends you to make copies in the office, then yes you may. Otherwise, no, we ask that you use the copier in the library. There is too much demand on the office copier for us to be able to accommodate student copy requests.  


 

What do I do if the printer/computers in the lab aren’t working? 

If there are technical issues in the computer lab please call the IT helpdesk to make sure they know about the issue. The con office unfortunately cannot help with the computer lab equipment at all, and we’ll likely only ask whether or not you’ve called IT 😊  


 

Do you have band-aids? 

Yes! As well as other first aid equipment.  


 

Where/how can I get earplugs? 

We have two types of earplugs at the office, disposable foam earplugs which are free, and reusable musicians' earplugs which are $10. Simply ask at the front desk for the type you would like. The reusable earplugs can be charged to your student account or paid for in cash. 


 

Where/how can I borrow cold or hot packs? 

Cold packs are kept in a freezer by the vending machines in the lower lobby. They are freely available for students to use. Hot packs are kept in the kitchenette by Harper Lobby, there is also a microwave which you can use to heat them there. Please be mindful and kind to your fellow students by promptly returning the cold/hot packs when you are finished using them. 


 

How do I get a recital date?

Head over to the con office sharepoint site for the full explanation!

The short version, is that signups happen during the end of Spring term, for the following Fall term recital dates, and during 4th week of fall term for Winter and Spring term recital dates. More information and available dates are posted as those times get closer.