Music Facilities

Xin Zhang in a Practice Room

Electric Piano Lab

The electric piano lab features nine workstations that include Yamaha YPG-625 keyboards and Mac computers loaded with midi-compatible music notation software.

Instrument Storage Area and Student Lounge

Students may check out a locker to store their instruments while at Sweet Briar and hang out with other music students who are taking a break from practicing.


The panyard is a dedicated space for Skiffle USA Steel Orchestra to rehearse. Registered students have after-hours access so they can explore the instruments of the steel orchestra and practice.

Practice Rooms

There are eight practice rooms. Seven contain pianos (six have Steinways, one has a Baldwin); one practice room features a harp.

Rehearsal Hall

The rehearsal hall is home to our choirs and instrumental ensembles and regularly features recitals and talks by guest artists and scholars.

Sound Art Production and Analysis (SArPA) Studio

The SArPA (Sound Art Production and Analysis) studio is an interdisciplinary creative space for composers, songwriters, and sound and video artists. It features professional audio equipment and software, allowing students to record and mix their own music and other sounds for concerts, films, video games, art installations, or anything else they can imagine.