Music Department



The music program's facilities and resources include:

Elizabeth Parks Killian Hall

Rm. 14W-111, MIT Hayden Library Bldg, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Who May Reserve/Rent

Killian Hall is a concert/lecture facility shared among all the School of Humanities Sections, with priority for musical events. Food and beverages are not allowed inside. It may be reserved free of charge by faculty or administrative staff in the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for official MIT sponsored events only. Reservations for other than official SHASS sponsored events are considered on a case by case basis and are subject to a rental charge. Please note that Killian may not be reserved / rented by students, or student organizations. Rental inquiries from outside of MIT will be considered on a case by case basis and are subject to a rental fee. To request current fee information, and reservation forms, email


Killian Hall is equipped with a Yamaha C7 grand piano, a Dowd harpsichord, 140 audience chairs, 20 musician chairs, 20 music stands, a small lectern, two folding 6-foot tables, a projection screen, CD recording and playback capability. Hanging microphones allow for stereo recording of events. Additional equipment or services must be requested from other sources by the user at his/her own expense. All outside equipment brought into the space must be loaded in and removed between the reservation start and end times.

Killian Hall does not have full time custodial or managerial staff, so set-ups, breakdowns and cleanup are the responsibility of the user. The hall has no box office or event information support, so users should provide the press and public with contact information for their scheduled events.

How to Reserve

Availability information and reservation forms are available in 4-243 ( Reservation forms may be submitted with the rental fee a maximum of 6 months and a minimum of 3 weeks in advance. All applicable fees are due at the time of application. If paying by check, make checks payable to MIT. If paying via SAP, please provide copy of SAP journal voucher transfer. An approved reservation form will be sent to you as confirmation. The fee is non-refundable, once the reservation is approved and confirmed.

Music Classrooms

Five Music Section classrooms are located on the first and third floors of Building 4. Piano scholarship students and students enrolled in Chamber Music Society are granted access to these rooms for practice. All classrooms have pianos, six of which are grand pianos. One classroom also has a harpsichord. When not scheduled for classes, these rooms are available for practice by chamber music ensembles and may be reserved in advance. There are also eight individual practice rooms located in a suite on the second floor of Building 4 that are available on a 24-hour basis to all students participating in music performance subjects, as well as to music majors. Gamelan and Rambax MIT rehearsals take place in the Endicott World Music Room, located at 265 Mass. Ave. More information about access to these spaces is available in the Music Headquarters Office, 4-246. Click here to reserve a classroom.

Piano Lab

The piano and computer music lab is located in the basement of Building 4. The space includes ten networked digital pianos each companioned with a computer station loaded with music editing, ear training/sight singing and theory/analysis software. Three small, sound-proofed composition studios each house state-of-the-art computer equipment, synthesizers, mixers, DAT, speakers, tape decks, CD-ROM players and makers, and appropriate software. A seminar room and instrument lockers are also part of this space. Students taking 21M051, 21M052, 21M301, and 21M302 are granted access to this space to use as part of completing the course lab requirement.


It is highly recommended that you bring your own instrument to MIT if you plan on participating in one of the ensembles. The MIT Concerts Office has a small inventory of instruments available for rental to students who plan on participating in our performance ensembles. The limited collection includes flutes, clarinets, saxophones, bass trombones and a few French horns and tubas. In addition to these instruments, percussion equipment is available to percussion students who are participating in one of the performance ensembles.

To rent an instrument you must first stop by the Concerts Office in 4-243 and speak with Jillian Scales ( For smaller wind instruments, a deposit of $100 is required along with a signed rental contract and a non-refundable fee of $20 per semester. When you return the instrument at the end of the semester, your deposit will be returned to you. A compliance agreement is required for access to the percussion room and its inventory.

If you need an instrument or access to the percussion storage room in order to prepare for your audition into one of the performance ensembles, please see Vanessa Gardner to make special arrangements. Upon your acceptance to one of the ensembles, you will be contacted to fulfill the above contract requirements and/or to go over the rules and regulations of the percussion room.

At this time, the Music Program does not own any string instruments, including harp. If necessary, arrangements can be made with area rental companies and retailers.


Instrument Lockers are available to students who are participating in one of the performance ensembles (including the Chamber Music Society). Lockers are available on a first come, first served basis and are assigned beginning the week before classes start for the fall semester and ongoing, as inventory allows. They are located close the music classrooms in building 4-260 and in the piano lab suite located in Building 4-070. Card access is required for entry to both of these suites. Locker sizes vary and can accommodate most instruments, however only a limited supply of large instrument lockers are available.

To obtain an instrument locker, you must stop by the Concerts Office in 4-243 and speak with Jillian Scales ( You will need to fill out a locker agreement and have your ID card activated in order to gain access to the locker suites. You will be assigned a locker based on your instrument's size on a first come, first served basis. It is possible to share lockers and those interested in doing so should come to the Concerts Office together. Lockers must be vacated by the end of the spring semester. Any contents left in the lockers after the last day of classes will be disposed of.

Practice Rooms

There are eight practice rooms located in a suite in building 4 (4-260) that are available for practice. Each room has either an upright or baby grand piano that are tuned on a regular basis.

Access to the practice room suite is by ID card only. During the audition period, the practice room suite will be open to all. Once auditions are complete, all students who are members of any of the performance ensembles (including CMS and Emerson) will have access to this suite. In addition to the music section practice room, some of the campus dormitories have small practice rooms. Two practice rooms are located on the 4th floor of the Stratton Student Center and are available to all MIT community members with an ID.

Music classrooms, located on the first floor of building 4, can be reserved for chamber music rehearsals and coachings. A member from each group will need to speak with Stephanie Muto in Music and Theater Arts Headquarters to reserve a room and gain access.

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Having chosen to attend MIT instead of a conservatory, I had resigned myself to vigorous academics with music ‘on the side.’ Yet four years later, I can list among my musical activities: studio accompanying, chamber music, voice lessons, master classes, chamber chorus, and opera scenes.”

Eileen Huang ’05