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Building Policies

Building Hours

The John Aird Centre and all other campus buildings are open from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. At approximately 11 p.m., the buildings are locked by the security guards and students already inside can stay until 1:30 a.m. Security policy does not permit people already in the building to allow others inside once it has been locked. The Practice Building is locked at 6 p.m. on Fridays for the weekend. Students may enter via the main part of the John Aird Centre.

Student Teaching

Only faculty hired by the university may teach in university facilities, including practice rooms. This is only partly because of the limited space. Legal issues with respect to insurance prohibit you from teaching private students in any part of the John Aird Centre, including the practice rooms. Security will enforce this policy. Practice rooms are only intended for current music students to practice.

Severe Weather / Storm Closing

The decision to close the university’s Waterloo campus due to severe weather will be made by the president or designate. When the University is closed, the closing is for both day and night and the university will reopen at 7 a.m. the next day. Radio stations that can be expected to carry announcements include 570 AM News Talk, CHYM (96.7 FM), KOOL-FM (105.3 FM), OLDIES 1090 and CKCO and Brantford CKPC. A campus closing notice will be posted on the university’s homepage and there will be an automated message on the university’s main telephone numbers by 7 a.m. (University Policy 7.6).

Music Stands

Music stands will be available in your instructors’ studio for lessons, in large ensemble rehearsals and for Faculty concerts only. Music stands are not present in all practice rooms or classrooms. Music stands will be available for purchase from the Bookstore or you may bring one from home for all other uses.

Corridors and Posters

We do not want students with a disability, students who are visually impaired or visitors with a disability or visual impairment to hurt themselves. Do not obstruct the corridors with furniture, your instruments, and books. When sitting in the hallway, please do not extend your legs into the traffic area. Please do not move furniture out of the classrooms into the hallways.

Posters are not allowed:

  • in stairwells
  • on stairwell doors
  • on painted drywall surfaces

Posters must be adhered using non-marking tape (i.e. masking or painters’) and must be removed in a timely fashion after the event. During peak seasons (i.e. grad recitals, end of term concerts), restrictions may be introduced such as limiting the number of posters and establishing designated areas for posting.

Practice Rooms

Practice rooms are located in the practice wing of the John Aird Centre. You are welcome to use any unoccupied room at any time of the day.

  • Practice rooms are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Friday. Practice time is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • Do not leave belongings unattended in a practice room. The Faculty of Music is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • There is no “saving” of rooms by leaving belongings or equipment in a room.
  • If a room is unattended for more than 10 minutes belongings may be removed to the hallway so another student can use the room.
  • Organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, and percussion students will arrange their practice times with their instructors.

The practice rooms are reserved for students who are registered in the Faculty of Music. If you notice that someone is in the practice building who is not a student in the Faculty of Music, you may call security at x3333 and ask them to come to the building to evict the intruder. Private teaching is not permitted in the practice rooms (see Student Teaching above).

Booking Space for Rehearsals

The Recital Hall

Students may book the following events in the Recital Hall through the performance facilities manager, John Hergel (x2134,

  • Rehearsal coached by a faculty member.
  • Un-coached rehearsal. If available, the Recital Hall may be booked for un-coached rehearsals, though preference will always be given to those in preparation for an upcoming performance. These bookings will be accepted up to two weeks in advance, and never on a weekly basis (i.e. “My quartet would like to book the hall every Monday afternoon”).
  • Recording session (a fee will be charged).


If available, classrooms may be used on weekdays and weekends. It is a privilege to use these rooms. The normal policy is that practicing should take place in a practice room. Classrooms may be booked through Andrew Mellanby in A508 (x2432). Please do not practice or rehearse in a classroom when there is a skills course in an adjacent room, as the classrooms are not sound-proof.

Lockers for Books and Instruments

Instrument storage lockers are rented from Andrew Mellanby in A508. These lockers are located on the second and third floors of the John Aird Centre. Locker rental fee is $25. There is not enough space in the building for instrument storage lockers for all instruments; therefore, only students with larger instruments will be assigned one of these. Students must rent these lockers on an individual basis. If students share lockers each student must pay the $25 rental fee. Instrument storage lockers are available for bass clarinet, cello, double bass, guitar, French horn, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, tenor saxophone, and tuba. The rental fee is $25, which includes the lock. School locks must be used (others will be cut off).

Instrument storage lockers cannot be guaranteed for students enrolled in techniques courses involving the instruments listed above. Please see Andrew Mellanby in A508 for availability. The Faculty of Music is not responsible for any instruments left in lockers or studios.

Students should not affix anything to the inside or outside of lockers. Do not attach any hooks or hanging hardware to the doors as it warps the doors.

The Faculty of Music, and Wilfrid Laurier University, do not accept liability for stolen or damaged instruments; please ensure that your instrument is properly and adequately insured. Any damage to lockers may result in the student being charged for repairs.