The basement of the music building is a quiet escape from the chatter and business of the student center’s main floors. Four doors line the hallway, leading to practice rooms and pianos. The only disturbances stream from the cracks of these doors, where students go to practice music.
For a few moments, a single student has the whole floor to himself. Behind the third door, William Ryan hunches over a stack of classical sheet music for his Beginner Piano 1 class. He plays his favorite piece, Nuvole Blanche, by composer Ludovico Einadi.
He has to make time to come and practice for the final recital, “I try coming for
about an hour a couple of times a week,” he says. Ryan does not mind the workload though, “I actually really like doing it,” he explains, “I just like music.”
Ryan also enjoys the atmosphere of the basement on a Wednesday afternoon. “It’s kind of quiet,” he says fondly of the practice rooms. “You just play,” he adds, “it’s a good escape.”