The Music Room: A Jumble of Practice

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Listener Joanna Zattiero teaches at a school in Moscow, Idaho. In one building, you can hear students practicing all manner of music, including opera and jazz — all at once.


Even if music is transmitted digitally or otherwise, it has to come from people, from musicians, and some of those artists get their start at music schools. That's where today's SoundClip comes from.

Ms. JOANNA ZATTIERO (Student, University of Idaho): My name is Joanna Zattiero. I'm a graduate student in the Music History Department at the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Music. This building, this is Ridenbaugh Hall. It was built in 1902, and it used to be a women's dormitory. It's now been turned into a practice building for our school of music students.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. ZATTIERO: When I walk around this building, I hear everything from saxophones playing jazz…

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. ZATTIERO: …classical piano…

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. ZATTIERO: …people studying for opera studio…

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Woman (Singer): (Singing) (Unintelligible).

Ms. ZATTIERO: …every different kind of music that you can imagine on every different kind of instrument or voice.

(Soundbite of music)

Ms. ZATTIERO: I just find it so interesting. It's this amalgam of sound that, you know, doesn't really make it past the walls of this building.

(Soundbite of music)

SIEGEL: Joanna Zattiero from Moscow, Idaho, and a cacophony of students from the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton School of Music. Our SoundClips take the measure of sounds that surround us. To learn more electronically, you can visit

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