Piano Policies and Support

Piano shop collage
Piano Technician David Cesca and scenes from the Piano Shop
Welcome to the UC Santa Barbara Department of Music piano page! Here you will find information and links to piano policies and requests for piano use and service. There are 85+ pianos here at the Department of Music and only one piano technician. All the pianos are tuned and serviced on a priority rotation. Performance pianos are top priority and are tuned and serviced frequently. There are several concert pianos in the Department of Music performance halls, including a Hamburg Steinway 9’ concert grand piano in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall, a New York Steinway 9’ concert grand piano in Karl Geiringer Hall, and a New York Steinway 7’ grand piano in room 1145. Please see the UCSB Department of Music Piano Policy regarding use of these pianos. If you need to request a piano for your recital or if there are piano issues that need immediate attention, please use the links below to open and fill out forms to submit:
For policies and procedures regarding piano use please refer to the following document links:
For non-Department of Music campus piano rentals, please contact the Piano Technician for more information.


Q: How many practice rooms have pianos? Where are they located?
A: There are 16 practice rooms upstairs in the north wing of the music building and all of those rooms have upright pianos. In the basement, there are six grand piano practice rooms and eight upright piano rooms.
Q: May anyone use the practice rooms? How do I access the practice rooms?
A: The practice rooms are available only to currently enrolled music students. The grand piano rooms are reserved for piano majors only. Rooms are assigned to students based on the area of study within the Department of Music program. For more information see the Practice Room Keys page. For room assignments and keys please contact the Operations Manager/Technical Specialist.
Q: What other types of keyboard instruments are available in the Department of Music?
A: The Department of Music has two harpsichords, a practice pipe organ, a concert Flentrop tracker pipe organ, and a celesta. These are available for use by special request and proper authorization only.