Facilities

The school's facilities comprise 97 individual and small-ensemble practice rooms, six performance spaces, four large ensemble practice rooms, and four computer laboratories.

New Building Slated to open in 2015

Intended to replace the facilities in the Music Administration Building, the new structure will be situated on the lakefront, adjacent to Regenstein Hall. It will house a 400-seat recital hall, an imposing atrium, teaching studios, administrative offices, classrooms, practice rooms, and rehearsal spaces.


Pick-Staiger Concert HallPick-Staiger Concert Hall

The 1,003-seat Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, opened in 1975, is recognized as one of the finest concert halls in the Midwest. Housing the offices of the University orchestras, Pick-Staiger also offers three professional series.




Music Library

Music Library Listening LabThe Northwestern University Music Library is among the nation's largest music libraries and is distinguished internationally for its extensive holdings of printed music and archival materials documenting music composed since 1945. The library offers roughly 300,000 volumes of books, printed music, sound recordings, and journals; maintains subscriptions to over 400 periodicals and a full array of online resources; includes thousands of music manuscripts and pieces of correspondence; and houses the archives of John Cage and other notable musicians. Additionally, the Music Library's computer lab (pictured) provides a multi-purpose workplace for beginning- to mid-level music-technology projects. The library serves the Bienen School of Music, the entire Northwestern University community, and researchers from around the world.



Music Administration BuildingMusic Administration Building (MAB)

The Music Administration Building was completed in 1874 and houses administrative offices, classrooms, the Department of Music Studies, University choruses, the piano program, and the opera program. The building includes multimedia classrooms and digital studios for composition and multimedia authoring. The majority of the studios and practice rooms are equipped with highest-quality Steinway grand pianos.

Hours of Operation:
Note: These hours are during academic year; summer and holidays may differ.

Administrative Offices

Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Practice Rooms (3rd floor) 
7 a.m. - 12 midnight
Additional Practice Room Information 

Building Access Hours
Note: Access outside these hours is by WildCARD only)
Mon, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Tue - Thur, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fri, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun, WildCARD access only


Regenstein Hall of Music

Regenstein Hall of MusicRegenstein Hall of Music is home to the Department of Music Performance and University bands faculty. Also a popular practice site, the building boasts a 200-seat master-class room that hosts hundreds of performances and other events each year.

Hours of Operation
University Bands Office (Ground Floor)

Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Music Performance Department Office (2nd Floor)
Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Practice Rooms (1st Floor)
7 a.m. - Midnight  
Additional Practice Room Information  


Lutkin HallLutkin Hall

This 400-seat performance/lecture space offers performers a choice of two superb Steinway concert grand pianos.

Hours of Operation
7 a.m. - 12 midnight