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What to Bring

Consider the extremes of Adirondack Mountain weather (35-100°F) when selecting items to bring. We experience hot, sunny days and cold, wet, rainy days too. Casual clothes are worn except for concerts, which require students to wear suits/sport coats or dresses/dressy pants. Students must supply their own regular, twin-size bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and towels. An extra set of sheets is recommended as laundry’s turnaround is 24 hours. A pillow is provided. For international students there are a limited number of sheets, blankets, towels, and music stands available for rent. Please contact the office to reserve these items.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all students are required to bring masks and hand sanitizer for their personal use. Please bring enough to last for the entire 7-weeks. Masks will be available for purchase at the office should you run low.

In addition to the above and the clothes you choose to bring, the following items will be useful:

Scale and Etude books
Performance pieces and piano parts for the accompanists
Metronome, tuner, and recording device (Students under 18 cannot use phone during practice)
Extra sets of strings
Music stand
Pencils and tape
Rain gear
Alarm clock and flashlight
Fan (limited number available for rent)
Body Insect repellent
Plastic drinking cup or mug (available for purchase in the office)
Toiletries & shower caddy
Small reading light
Extra pair of glasses or contacts
Electrical power strip (NO extension cords)

Music, strings, and accessories can be purchased on campus at the school music store. A violinmaker is on-site for your instrument repairs and rehairs. Before arrival, have your bow rehaired short due to the very high humidity.

Optional sports equipment to bring: tennis racket, swimsuit, beach towel, and soccer gear. We supply soccer balls, table tennis paddles, basketballs, badminton rackets, and frisbees. Supplies we sell: table tennis balls, table tennis paddles and badminton birdies. Rental fee on some items, refunded if item returned in same condition.

Hiking gear: sturdy hiking boots, (required for mountain hikes), wool socks, daypack, water bottle, hat, jacket.

If you are planning on keeping any snacks in your dorm room it is required that all food be kept in glass, metal, or hard plastic containers so food will not attract pests.

It is suggested that you bring at least $300 in cash, checks, or travelers checks for spending money. There is no ATM on campus. Students may “bank” their money in the office to keep it safe.

Weekly town trips are available for shopping needs. An ATM is available in town.

Electronic Devices and Cell Phone Availability

Only Verizon and T-Mobile cell service is available at the school. There are campus phones available for student use and phone cards can be purchased in the office. Wireless Internet service is available in the Main House during open hours, except during meals and cafeteria cleanup time.

Cell phone use for students under the age of 18 is limited so as not to interfere with studies, practice, sleep and campus life. Please see our Electronic Devices and Cell Phone Policy. Our policy is strictly enforced and students found in violation are subject to expulsion.

What NOT to Bring

Meadowmount has clean, rustic accommodations that cannot handle the electrical load required by many appliances and electronic gadgets. Extension cords are not allowed. (One surge protector power strip is fine.) The following items will be confiscated and returned at the time of departure.

Air Conditioners / Dehumidifiers
Cooking equipment
Coffee makers
Water boilers
Rice cookers
Candles, matches, fireworks, incense
Weapons of any kind (pocket knives, guns)
Desktop computers
Gym Equipment such as bar bells or treadmills (small hand weights allowed)
Excessive medication, supplements
Clothing needing to be hand washed, air-dried, or dry cleaned

Violin Shop on Campus

Supplies and instrument/bow repairs are available from Vermont Violins on campus.

For over 10 years Vermont Violins has served the students at the Meadowmount School of Music by providing an on-site repair service and a small shop for strings, accessories, instruments, bows, cases and sheet music. They offer all levels of repairs for both instruments and bows, using the finest materials and keeping prices competitive with on-line catalogs.

The violin shop, located on campus is open four days each week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Owner/President Oren Kronick runs the shop along with luthiers from Vermont Violins.

The climate in upstate New York is unpredictable and variable, to say the least. Some summers have been extremely wet; others fair and pleasant. Bowhair is extremely sensitive to humidity changes and will stretch or tighten dramatically as it moves from one clime to another. For this reason, you need to have your bow rehaired for high humidity. Unfortunately, sometimes the bowhair will respond differently once at the school and you may need to have it redone within a few days. This is not always the case, but it has happened. Vermont Violins can provide loaner bows to keep students practicing while their bows are in the shop for rehairs.

If you would like to contact the Violin Shop about bow rehairing email them at:

Vermont Violins:

Luggage Shipping Address

You may send luggage and boxes ahead of your arrival beginning June 10 to the following address via US Postal Service or courier service:

Student Name
Meadowmount School of Music
1424 County Route 10
Westport, NY 12993