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TRANSFORM | The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in the Center for Performing Arts is in strong need of renovation or new construction. Additional space is needed for the growing population of students and there are environmental health concerns about the building. These concerns, such as dust, dirt, and mold, affect students, staff, faculty, visitors, and instruments. Stair coatings are cracked and present a tripping hazard. Disability access is poor and, while grandfathered and not required to be in current construction standards, does not come close to meeting current standards. This area of the building looks particularly poor given the renovations of the other areas of the building that underwent major renovations and is in worse condition than many high schools from which students are visiting. Thank you for your time.

Comments

" Anonymous"

While a renovation may be more prudent, I struggle to believe that it will afford enough space for our ever-growing student body and faculty. Even when numbers are low, we still have many faculty members sharing teaching spaces, and not nearly enough practice rooms for all of our young musicians. Students are currently practicing in the hallways, entrances, and outdoors (weather-permitting). Instrument and sheet music storage is also problematic, as limited space results in stacking large filing cabinets and creating offices in closets. Temperature control continues to be an ongoing problem. Rooms facing windows are frequently too hot, one room in particular has a significant humidity problem, and others are too cold. It is difficult to perform in those conditions. Instrumentalists are not able to play their instruments effectively when they are required to wear gloves to keep their fingers warm, and colder temperatures create unnecessary tension in the body, resulting in rigidity and inhibited technique for all musicians. In order to address all of the concerns with the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, I believe it best to consider new construction.


"KSU Student/Alumnus"

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music in the Center for the Performing Arts is in desperate need of renovation or new construction. Admission to the School of Music is on the rise, and that means we are outgrowing our current space. There are not enough offices to accommodate full and part-time faculty; applied lessons professors are sharing rooms. Practice rooms for students are being taken away to create more office spaces, and there were a limited number of practice rooms in the first place. Students are being forced to practice in stairwells, entryways, and elevators. There are not enough classrooms or practice rooms to hold small ensemble rehearsals for classes. There are not enough lockers for students with large instruments (tubas, sousaphones, string bass, cellos) and students are being forced to leave their thousands of dollars worth of equipment in insecure storage closets or in their vehicles on campus. Thanks to the work of the wonderful faculty at the School of Music, we are experiencing an influx of students. This is incredible and exciting; however, we now need to expand/reconstruct the building and create adequate spaces in order to retain and maintain our current state of growth. Please, for the sake of students and alumni, put the School of Music at the top of your list. Happy, motivated students are the foundation of our collegiate environment and we do not want to let them down.


" Andrew Shahriari "

Please excuse my rant. The bathrooms, particularly outside of Ludwig Recital Hall, are embarrassing and frequently in disrepair. This affects our ability to attract new students and reflects poorly on our school to community patrons. Ensemble rehearsal space is limited and there is no large room with mirrors that allows performance groups to see how they appear onstage. (Music performance is not just about sound!)

Loading large instruments onto Ludwig recital hall is hazardous, as instruments must be carried through the main hall down numerous stairs and onto the stage, i.e., need ramps. The stage itself is not only in terrible shape, but given the weight of instruments (grand pianos) and performers, it’s really not a matter of “if” it will collapse, but when that will happen. Lawsuits galore in the future, if not repaired. The organ is rarely used, so could be removed (sold?) to give more backstage space. The acoustics need attention, for sure.

Beyond these needs are the number of practice rooms, lack of office space, overbooked classrooms, and minimal availability of appropriate rehearsal space. We cannot accommodate the growing number of students we have (which would grow even faster with better facilities). The elevator often breaks down, meaning that instruments cannot be easily transported, and we have very few rooms that are on par with classrooms in other buildings across campus. The tiles in many hallways are chipping away and, given that the building is laden with asbestos, is hazardous and invites more lawsuits. In short, re-doing the windows is a mere drop in the bucket of the renovations required to make our facility competitive with area institutions (including high schools!) and reveals a gross inequity of how are department is regarded in comparison to other areas within our college (fashion, art, theatre, dance, and the museum). Please recognize that the School of Music is more than just the marching band and support our efforts with an updated facility. Thank you!


"anonymous"

As windows are being replaced, workers are wearing protective masks and have hung "danger asbestos" tape outside the entrances.


"Christopher Venesile"

There is a re-energization of the School in the form of our human resources-- a growing population of new students and faculty/staff. There are no small needs in this facility--all of them are major and critical to the operation of daily functioning: there is but one small performance space, practice rooms are scarce, classroom and office space are maxed out and are doubling up.
It would be difficult to find another place on campus that is in more dire need of replacement.
All one needs is to visit one of the restrooms on any floor. Despite the best efforts of the maintenance staff--and they do a very good job-- they are deplorable.
I appreciate the opportunity to give input in a space that I occupy on a daily basis. I have been working in education for 35 years and cannot emphasize more vigorously how the physical plant influences how people work and behave. There is much to be excited about in the School of Music's future--we hope that the input provided will spur further exploration and vision by the KSU community.


"Katie Strok"

As a student, I feel cheated by the state of our music building. We have students that are raising the bar each and everyday and we lack the facilities to support them. We are running out of room for personal practice, classes, and rehearsal space. We have school-owned instruments that will sometimes fall apart in your hands. The School of Music is growing, just as the university is. If there will be a strong and sustained SoM program, there must be a facilities and equipment upgrade. While I will not be here to reap the benefits of it, future students will see these upgrades and be more likely to choose Kent State. These students will see this school and be able to flourish in Kent.
In short, we have incredible staff. But, we have poor facilities and equipment. We have simply outgrown our shoes. We need an upgrade to sustain the growing and energetic program we have cultivated.


" Kent State Student"

I'm a music minor Kent state student and feel a new building has been a necessity for a long time. With how many musicians we put into the world every year the space simply isn't indicative of the incredible education we are receiving. As a minor I am unable to sign out a practice room until the majors have, this would be fine if there were any times available for practicing after all majors sign up for the already limited space. Since my freshman year at least two practice rooms have now become offices, limiting the space even more. When sitting in the music library where I often go to study I have seen a piece of the ceiling fall off. Kent state has this vision to be undeniable which I see in the new renovations happening on campus I feel the school of music has an opportunity to join the fold with them. When prospective students enter the building they should not instantly think of how old it looks. The lack of practice rooms and the facilities look will affect their decisions. If we want Kent to be the best of the best we have to be able to look the part as well. I love the school of music and I love Kent state a new building could be such a good thing for the university, faculty, and students.


"Kent State Student "

I am not a music major, however, I have been in one of one of the honorary music organizations for some time and have participated in multiple ensambles. There is no space. For someone who is choosing to be a part of Kent State Bands in addition to pursuing a degree in a different college I can still be disappointed in the availability of practice rooms, and classrooms for not only rehearsing but also meeting and education of new members to organizations that service the bands. There isn't even adequate storage for uniforms and equipment, let alone physical music and teaching professionals. This building is used for so many things outside of music which hinders experience for the students trying to excel. I have had various health related classes be put into this building due to overflow and just the lay out is confusing and professors don't want to teach there, and shouldn't have to. The classrooms in the music building should be used for musical purposes especially considering the shortage of space for the growing student population. When I began my years at Kent state the condition of the facility was something to roll your eyes and shrug your shoulders about, but now it's absolutely unacceptable.


"Andrew Paa"

As a Kent State Alumnus (MM, '14) and current employee of the School of Music, I cannot emphasize the need for not only drastic renovation but also new construction. With a growing student, staff and faculty population, there simply isn't enough room. This issue of space extends to our practice facilities (roughly 12 practice rooms to serve 250 music majors as well as minors and musical theatre majors), large ensemble rehearsal spaces, storage, office space (professors and staff are having to double up) and performance space. With a single recital hall on site to host 150-200 recitals and concerts a year, scheduling is increasingly difficult. Additionally, the recital hall needs significant renovations for acoustic control, load-in and load out of equipment, storage, lighting, recording and sound equipment, climate control and stage improvements (cosmetic and structural). Currently, there is no space within the control of the School to hold large ensemble performances (orchestra, bands, opera, choirs) with appropriate acoustical and production treatment. While there is tremendous new energy at the School from faculty, staff and students, if we want to turn this hidden gem into the shining jewel it is fully capable of being, we need facilities to support these endeavors.


"Max Medlock"

Simply put. We do not have enough space for the number of students we have. Further many of the facilities that we do have need major renovations to be the quality that one would expect at a major state university.


"Erica Cope"

As i am finishing up my fourth semester at Kent, I strongly suggest that the School of music be rennovated. The first reason beginning with not enough practice rooms. As a music major, most of your free time is spent practicing, memorizing music, scales, learning piano, ect. There are many problems that people are running into with practice rooms. The first being there just isn't enough. The only time that there are any open practice rooms is when the school of music is locked and all students must leave the building. Students are constantly stuck trying to practice in busy hallways where they can barely hear themselves play over the busy chatter or are told to go to a practice room (which there are none open) by a professor trying to teach classes. An argument could be that they could go practice in their dorms, but you run into problems with annoyed roommates, no access to a piano, or getting documented for a noise complaint. Now there are "practice rooms" in CCF, but they are literally cubicals with a chair. No piano, no music stand, no way to decently practice. What about outside? Instruments can break down and get ruined if they are taken outside in rainy/snowy/or cold weather. So theres a small window during the semester in which you can practice outside. Obviously, the practice room shortage is one of the biggest issues in the music building, especially when you fail a lesson, and even some classes, if you aren't prepared which can be due to not having a space to practice. Another big problem is the elevator, which has been given the nickname "the hella-vator" due to the giant possibility of it breaking down at any point. I know, just take the stairs. But it's impossible to carry large instruments from one floor to another without the elevator. The elevator is also necessary in order to be handicapped accessable. But with an elevator that you always wonder when it will break next, it's really not handicapped or large instrument accessable. These are just two issues in the music building. I could go on and on about not having sufficient space for classes, needing proper technology, or bathrooms that constantly are out of order or smell like very bad BO, but i am sure those have been covered in other comments. Overall, we need a renovation or a new building.


"Jennifer Luck"

Even as a hard sciences major here at Kent State, the Center of Performing Arts is my second home here on campus. As such I really hate seeing that students have to use random classrooms or hallways to practice their music in because there are not enough practice rooms. With the expanding interest in the Performing Arts, the building is running out of ways to contain all the instruments, backstage supplies, and uniforms that students need on a regular basis and are being forced to store them in places that could possibly be hazardous for the object or the person obtaining it.


"Taylor Boyle"

Jennifer Luck (not verified)

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 11:37am

I have been a part of Kent and the University since 2009 and I am always incredibly amazed at the amount of time, money, and effort that have been put into both downtown and the university since I first came here. Kent state is truly dedicated to betting itself and the futures of it's students through adjustments made to it's classrooms, buildings and spaces.

I am so proud to be an alumnus of the architecture program here, even despite the fact that the program was only recently reorganized into a singular space. It was always a shame to have classes and various studio spaces split across campus. Like the architecture program, with the growing and flourishing music program, this is something that just wouldn't be suitable logistically. Just like the architecture school, the music program deserves space to expand as it needs as well continue to be integrated with itself and even all the programs that it helps to support. The school of music is constantly reaching out to various colleges for collaboration and it is always difficult to find the space in which to do these collaborations. In addition once space is found, it is in pretty sad shape. Not only does the current music building reflect poorly on the insitution and inhibit the growth of the students, but there is simply not enough space for all the things that are imperative to the education of every student in the school. The school of music desperately needs more practice rooms and rehearsal spaces as well as more space for concert and recital programming, that are all up to date, acoustically and technologically, especially considering that the spaces​ that we now have simply is not sufficient on a very basic level. I can imagine that some people might argue that the music building just underwent renovations, however, the addition of a new theater and dance spaces, while necessary and quite nice, are not enough to really get at the problem but instead is a bit of frosting on a very stale old cake.

Again I would like to remind everyone that the school of music is not just a building for a bunch of band students, but instead a very important institution to the students both in and out of the college as well as the community. It is very important to our futures, and it's about time that our spaces reflect the importance of what we do here.

Thank you for your time.


"Mason Moore"

As a Kent State Music Education student, a lot of spaces need redone. Being music ed, I'm going to start with that the Music Education Resource Center is slightly small for faculty and students. The piano lab that's basically next door is small and cramped for a piano lab. There needs to be at least double the amount of practice rooms. Musical theatre needs their own practice rooms separate from the school of music. Teachers need a studio room large enough to host studio class which should be relatively the size of E103 in the current building. Studios should not have to share studio rooms. Studios should not be in repurposed practice rooms. There should be another rehearsal room that is terraced and also large enough that people don't feel cramped. Stairs need redone. The elevator needs fixed or serviced or new and there needs to be a second elevator on the other side of the CPA. The school needs some new instruments. The temperature levels of the building need to be more consistent. Also, maybe a reed making room for Oboes, Bassoons, Saxes, and Clarinets.


"Summer Canter"

Mason Moore (not verified)

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:02pm

Having been a music major here for 5 years, as well as a student office worker, it is very clear to see that this building desperately needs to either be torn down and rebuilt, or a completely to the studs renovation. When I first auditioned for Kent State, I originally said I would never go here just based on the fact that the building looked like a really badly maintained 1940s high school. Upon completing my audition, I knew I needed to come here not for the facility, but for the amazing faculty that teach here. The Hugh A. Glauber has some of the most accomplished, talented, fantastic faculty in Ohio that deserve much more than to teach in this building.
In my five years I have seen the music program grow immensely, and seen the program start to burst at the seams storage and faculty wise. Whether full time or part time, tenured or not tenured, faculty are forced to share small rooms for their studios that can not fit more than 3 people in the space at once. Instrument storage wise, many instruments are having to be jammed into falling apart lockers with multiple other instruments. This proves to be a liability as multiple people can now have access to a locker with multiple instruments, and the chances of instruments disappearing increases greatly in those circumstances. We do not have enough classrooms for our music classes, let alone the health and science classes that are often thrown into our building as well. When high school groups come to visit for recruitment events, we don't have rooms to have them go to unless we ask for a class to be cancelled or moved. Practice rooms are an even worse situation. Currently we have around 15 practice rooms that are used for the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance. This leaves students to have to practice in entryways, hallways, outside, and open rooms if they are available.
In the bands office, the main place incoming students visit to talk to the Director of Bands, the carpet is only attached to the floor where it is stapled in the corners and along the walls. There have been many times they I have come into work and a ceiling tile has fallen during the night and has shattered everywhere.
On weekends when there are no custodial staff, the bathrooms by Ludwig Recital Hall is consistently flooded because they are not being constantly maintained like they are during the week.
Though our one small Recital Hall and only performance space on this side of campus is in good condition, it is constantly overbooked and recitals often have to be early mornings during the weekend, or even starting as late as 9pm on weekdays because of such a high demand. Our only other performance space is Cartwright Hall, which means our programs have to spend money to reserve trucks to transport equipment across campus. With the marching band also growing in size, we are running out of room for storage of marching instruments and uniforms. The marching band also doesn't have an indoor rehearsal space at all, with the only rooms able to hold a group that size being the theatres on the Theatre department, that we are unable to use when there is bad weather. The Jazz program is forced to share a small closet with the marching band drumline, and the room is easily overflowing.
There is so much more wrong with with building, including large amounts of abestos and mold, as well as the building not being handicap friendly. But it could easily been an hours ling conversation.


"Mary Kate McNally"

A renovation to the School of Music would be a waste of money, frankly. This building no longer serves the needs of the School and we need a new building. BADLY.

The description says it all: dust, dirt, mold, and also asbestos make this building an unhealthy place to be all day, and as a graduate music student, I am definitely here ALL DAY. The bathrooms are regularly having problems: just this past weekend, we had to deal with the embarrassing situation of a toilet overflowing in the women's restroom during an audition day with prospective students and their parents here. Bringing visiting high school students here is always shameful: we cannot be proud of these facilities. We can't tell potential students about how much we love being in this building, because we don't. Our annual events are growing more and more popular every year, but our facilities cannot meet the demand. We are to the point now that we are unable to adequately accommodate all of the students who want to attend our honor band, honor choir, and open house.

It's not just recruitment events that find us cramped and lacking for space. Scheduling classes, rehearsals, and sectionals during the day is always a struggle. As enrollment has increased and practice habits of students have improved in the last couple of years, it has become painfully clear that our facilities are stunting the growth of these undergraduate students. A day doesn't go by that I don't see someone practicing outside, in a hallway, in a foyer, or grabbing a few minutes in an empty classroom between lectures. How are we supposed to advance as a school if we cannot even accommodate students with a desire to practice and improve? How are we to advance the reputation of our ensembles when we don't even have enough rooms to hold sectionals? How are private studios to grow and flourish when almost all of the applied faculty have to share their office with another applied faculty member? If we want to see the music school continue to strive for excellence, it MUST have facilities that are conducive to learning and growing.

Please, tear down this hazardous, cramped, poorly designed, sad excuse for a music school and give this department the new building it deserves for all of the growth and improvement it has seen in recent years!


"Christopher Burdick"

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music must be a brand new building. There is no space in the current structure that has meets the needs of a functional collegiate school of music. Kent State University deserves a flagship music building with a spectacular concert hall, a plethora of practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, storage, modern classrooms and faculty offices to attract and retain music majors, minors and those students on campus that want to be involved in music.


"Bobby Selvaggio"

I will be brief. Here are 2 main points of multiple I could make. The first is, as a former student at the KSU School of Music and a now full-time faculty member here at the KSU School of Music, I am disheartened that in a 30 year span, so little has changed. There are issues with the school that were issues 30 years ago. Adding coats of paint over and over is not solving the problem. The school is a visual and safety nightmare. The second is, we are failing our students in giving them the quality experience they deserve. As a musician, it is paramount to have an acceptable environment to succeed and we just don't come close to offering them that. The practice rooms are not only to few, but give them zero privacy to be able to focus on the aspects of being the best artist and musician they can be. The class rooms vary in temperature every day from extreme cold to extreme hot. And the rehearsal room is completely unacceptable. I truly hope it doesn't take another 30 years to decide on helping the School of Music enter the 21st century with it's facilities.


"David Jenkins"

To make it short, I spend a lot of time in the building and it is going down hill. It is also small. Some students aren't coming to school here because of the building. Something needs to be done so that we can do the best work and have the best results


"Justin Shelton"

Even though I'm a social studies education major, I spend many hours out of the week in the School of Music practicing and rehearsing and coming to recitals. It's truly unfortunate that our facilities are in the incredibly poor shape they are, and it's getting beyond the point of simply repairing damages. Our faculty and the entire School of Music has been on the forefront of bringing prospective students to KSU, and under our faculty's leadership, all of our bands, choirs, and our orchestra have become some of the finest in the state. But there's a problem when prospective students choose to go elsewhere because our facilities are in such poor condition, when maintenance problems are so frequent, when health and safety issues could become very serious very soon. Our students and faculty are some of the hardest working people at KSU, and they deserve high-quality (mold-free) facilities, as does the entire KSU family, not just new coats of paint on a big health and safety hazard.


"Jon Ridinger"

I echo the previous comments about the inadequate and largely outdated facilities for music, which was the case when I was a student in the early to mid 2000s. About the only improvements made to the music end of the building have been the few places where it overlaps with theater and dance. Most everything else has changed little since the building opened in 1960. The practice rooms the building does have are tired and depressing, in addition to there simply not being enough of them.

The biggest flaw I see is the lack of proper performance space. Ludwig Recital Hall, when properly maintained, is nice, but is a RECITAL hall, not a concert hall. It was built for solos and small ensembles, not for band, orchestra, and choir concerts. While the University Auditorium being renovated was certainly helpful, it is on the other side of campus and is not exclusively for the School of Music. For a university the size of Kent State, the lack of a concert hall is appalling. I did much of my undergrad at a school half the size of KSU and it had a small recital hall and a separate concert hall. I also attended Roosevelt High School in Kent and the auditorium there (opened in 1972) is better and larger than any performance space at KSU.


"Mary Homer"

I am an alumni, and majored in American Studies and Social Work between 1975-1979. Even at that time the Music and Speech building was run down, and inhospitable. Now, just going to Stump, Ludwig, and any other venue is not as pleasant as it should be! Above all, I am unhappy with Stump as one with mobility issues. What is needed are railings in the theater, and in the entrance way to provide more stability. For years, the wheel chair accessible stall used only a disgusting looking curtain for privacy, while the bathrooms continue to look disgusting.

As for the venues for musical performances, I dislike Cartright most of all as the acoustics there often sound garish, and the sounds literally bounce off the walls. It can sound like a hellacious sound stage instead of a concert hall. Ludwig is much better, though outside of the hall the rest of the building shows strong evidence of the overall building's decay. Yes, we need a new concert hall that is accessible, and is a great place for every student, professors, and the public.


"Laura (Szakacs)"

I am a 1991 Educator Alumni of KSU and a recent member of the Kent Chorus. I had not been in the Performance Arts Building in years and was very surprised to see the current state of the building. Bathrooms that looked the way they did when I attended KSU in the 90's! The bathrooms are old and look it. Not to mention all the other issues others above me have commented on.
I hope that the comments on this page are taken seriously and a new building is built for the School of Music.


"Sarah Most"

The classrooms and practice rooms in the performing arts center do not promote learning in any way. They are cramped, dull, outdated, and simply look like no one cares about them. As a senior in high school, while I was looking for a music school to attend, I knew Kent state had a stellar faculty and a great program. However, I was tempted to choose another school that was more visually appealing because the performing arts center was a bit of a shock in its ancient appearance. Overall, there aren't many practice rooms, the practice rooms don't have good acoustics, the walls are paper thin (which makes recording sight singing for assessments very hard when you can hear other people practicing in the background of your video), and they simply look like no one really cares. The school of music looks like an after-though compared to the rest of Kent state's campus. However, because the faculty and program are so renowned, I think Kent state deserves a beautiful building for the performing arts.


"Hannah Flower"

This building is in desperate need of repair and renovation. The lack of adequate space frequently impacted my education, where lack of practice rooms or large enough classrooms meant adjusting and at times missing rehearsal altogether. The fact that the music side of the building is not up to disability standards surely affects interest from an important recruitment population as well as making current handicapped students' lives unnecessarily difficult. As an alumnus and music teacher it is impossible to recruit students to my former institution when upon arrival they see broken steps, mold, disgusting bathrooms, and teaching spaces that are not soundproofed. Improving the School of Music would help not only music students but also the vast number of non majors who participate in music ensembles and take music classes. Making this building accessible, healthy and inviting would greatly improve the university as a whole.


"Scott MacPherson"

I have been on the faculty for nine years. I will never forget my first impression of the formerly named Music & Speech Building. As a candidate for the Director of Choral Studies position, I was escorted in from the back parking lot past the dumpster and up the rusting steps to the "elevator" entrance. It was not a good feeling at the time. I accepted the position here because of my belief that I could contribute to a quality program and inspire growth. I was also told by the then Dean that I would be given the tools to be successful. That has not been entirely the case. In a School of Music, as in the sciences or any other degree program at an institution of higher learning, the facilities play an extremely important role in achieving success. My number one priority is to give my students the highest degree of accomplishment in our art possible. Our facilities are simply unsustainable and work against us at every turn. Many respondents to this comment page are speaking in detail about the need for better bathrooms, more practice rooms, office/studio space for our faculty, the desperate need for a student lounge, and basic HVAC problems (which are serious!). I will second all of that and only address what I consider to be the School's most basic need: a concert hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is only adequate. It serves student recitals and small ensemble recitals fairly well; however, the stage floor is in desperate need for replace (there are at least three visible types of flooring and all of it is deteriorating--it's embarrassing). Cartwright Hall is currently our "concert hall". It is entirely inadequate. Stage space is far to small to accommodate our orchestra and choirs. These groups combine every year at the end of the spring semester to perform the masterworks of choral-orchestral repertoire--music that must be performed to give our students the proper professional training they deserve. The lighting on stage is unacceptable and numerous requests for improvement have gone unnoticed. The acoustic in the auditorium is the worst thing about Cartwright. It is a space intended as a large lecture hall with little or no reverberation. The sound is absolutely dead for our ensembles. We need a concert hall to take our School of Music to the next level and be competitive with other schools. A few years ago they renamed our building to the Center for the Performing Arts. That label works well for our Theatre and Dance School colleagues. It is an embarrassment to the School of Music.


"Desiree"

I transferred to the school of music here last year and although the music program is great, the building obviously has its numerous flaws. There are not enough rooms for everyone to practice or rehearse in. I've seen sections practicing in between door ways and have heard instruments playing in a restroom. It would also be nice to have some sound proof material added to the practice rooms, because it gets really loud on that floor when the practice rooms are full. I felt bad when my grandma was brought for one of my performances in the recital hall because there are no handicap stalls for her to use in the restrooms. There was a lot of water on the floor as well. There's so much graffiti in the stalls as well with negative or inappropriate writing and not all of the locks in the doors work well. We pay a lot of money to attend this school and deserve a better space to prepare what we need to in a cleaner and less distracting environment.