Schedule practice room renovations outside of recital period

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In early October of 2015, the practice rooms in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music underwent renovations, and the amount of available rooms for music students to work on various unit requirements was reduced drastically. Music recitals started in late October.

On Wednesday 19th October 2016, music students were again informed that a quarter of their practice rooms would be unavailable to them in the coming weeks. Music recitals start from the week of Monday 24th October.

Music recitals and technical exams are end of semester unit requirements for every Performance and Creative Music Technology student, and are worth up to 90% of a core unit. In previous years, booking a practice room ahead of time is essential if you want space to practice. With the addition of Popular Voice, a stream that has 40 new students, this is still very much the case. It is unreasonable to expect all students to have equal opportunity to complete their core unit requirements, and to the University's standard, if the resources are diminished.

We call on Monash University to;

1. Not schedule any plans that would inhibit the use of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music practice rooms in the lead up (approximately 1 month prior) to recitals and technical exams, and during recital and technical exam period. 
Semester 1: Late April (subject to start of exams) until the end of exam period.
Semester 2: Late September (subject to start of exams) until the end of exam period.

2. To consider rescheduling the current plans to renovate practice rooms from the 24th October 2016.

Why are we asking for this?

Because scheduled construction in both 2015 and 2016 have and will impede directly on preparatory options for the majority of the music cohort, and both plans have occurred in the same month, we have felt an immediate need to prevent a similar choice from happening in the future. We feel that those in charge of making this decision need to be aware of the restrictions it causes to students completing compulsory unit requirements.

Please sign this petition and share with your music friends so that we don't go through this for a third year in a row!

All the best,
Caterina Turnbull
Monash Music Students' Society

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