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Information for Freshers and FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I play Piano for pleasure, can I still use the Music Centre to practice even if I'm not in an Ensemble? - Yes, All practice rooms have pianos in and are free to use 7 days a week for all students
  • How do the Practice Rooms work? - Students cannot book rooms, but societies and tutors can. If a room is empty you can use it for as long as you like (or until a booking requests you leave)
  • Can I have singing/instrument lessons here? - Yes, see our tuition page for more details. Lessons are available in most instruments and voice.
  • Is is possible to borrow instruments for practice/playing with an Ensemble? - Yes, we have a variety of instruments available to use, please ask the Administrator for details of which instruments are available
  • Do I have to audition to join in? - Not always! There are some auditioned ensembles (Chamber Choir, the Wind/Brass sections of Symphony Orchestra, and the opera/musical theatre groups) but most groups are unauditioned and welcome players of all standards, even if you're out of practice!
  • Are there any discounts for lessons available? - Yes, please see our Bursary page. Also members of the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir get a discount on lessons.
  • What kind of groups are there on offer? - Allsorts! Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Chamber Music, Musical Theatre, Opera, Chorus, Chamber Choir, Folk group, Gospel choir, Big Band to name but a selection! And if there's something missing, why not start your own group!
  • I'd like to try my hand at conducting or Musical Directing, is there any opportunity for this? - Yes, plenty! Some of our instrumental groups have opportunities for student conductors, and tutorials are available from the Director of Music for hints and tips on how to improve. The Musical Theatre and Opera groups also have Musical Director opportunities.
  • I'd like to borrow music to practice, how do I go about doing this? - Ask you society librarian or in the main office and we can arrange for the loan of music.
  • What time are the practice rooms/Ensemble Room/Office open? - Practice Rooms and the Ensemble Room are open 8.30am-10pm Monday - Friday, 8.30am-9.30pm Saturday and 1pm - 9pm Sunday (unless specified otherwise on notices). The office is generally open 9am - 12:30pm and then 1.30pm - 5.30pm Monday - Thursday, closing at 4.30pm on Fridays.
  • How do I get involved in Music at Warwick? - Simple! All you need to do is come along to any of our rehearsals at the start of term and start playing straight away! Each society asks that you be a member of the Student Union and that you pay a joining fee (generally £2.50) and that will make you a member! If you don't want to join a society straight away many offer taster sessions before they ask for a fee.
  • What if there's something I want to do but there isn't a society that caters for the genre/style? - If you want to do it and enough people feel the same why not petition to get it made into a society? That's how many of our societies came into being. Check out the Student Union website to find out how to do this. If we have the resources we will try and help make this happen!
  • What kind of events can I get involved in? - The Music Centre and its societies put on many concerts, trips and events throughout the year. Previous examples include Gala outdoor concerts (with fireworks!), Abroad trips to places such as Italy, Germany, France, Poland, Vienna, Prague and even India as well as trips within our own shores - camping, mini-tours and festivals and trips to the opera. Each society puts on its own entertainment and often you can get involved even if you don't normally play in the group.