Music Department COVID Policies


Private music lessons WILL be meeting. Depending on the instructor and your own preferences/personal situation, your lessons may be in person, online, or some combination of these two modalities. You can find the teaching modality for all classes on WebAdvisor (if a course is online, you will see the word “online” in the “location” column). However, the modality type doesn’t necessarily mean that all of your lessons with that instructor will be done in that modality. Your instructor will let you know the extent to which they are comfortable with in-person and/or online teaching and provide you with their specific expectations for the semester. They are also ready to make appropriate arrangements for you based on your personal needs and health concerns. Students are required to adhere to the college’s health and safety expectations by wearing masks and bell covers, if relevant, during all in-person lessons and rehearsals, observing social-distancing protocols, and washing and sanitizing their hands before using shared equipment like pianos.

Voice and wind instrument private lessons will ONLY be delivered remotely (i.e. online). The results of the International Performing Arts Aerosol Study at the University of Colorado Boulder show that singing and wind playing produce a greater number of aerosols than other musical activities, and as such pose significant health risks. Our decisions will continue to be driven by scientific data and the prioritization of community health and safety.

Students whose lessons will be taught remotely and who cannot take their lessons from home will be assigned to a Zoom-equipped room for their weekly lesson (this includes all students living on campus.) When scheduling your lesson with your teacher, please let them know if you will need a Zoom room. You’ll be informed of your lesson time and Zoom room assignment before the second week of classes each semester. Please plan on arriving in your lesson space a few minutes early each week so that you can sign into your Zoom account and make any necessary adjustments. 


Singers and wind players on campus must be alone, either in a reserved Zoom room or one’s dorm room, in order to practice or record themselves without a mask.

Otherwise, these rules always apply:

  1. All singers must wear masks while singing on campus. All department ensembles and lessons that include singers will meet remotely.
  2. All wind players must wear specialized masks and use bell covers. Until you have a mask and bell cover for wind playing, you will not be permitted to play on campus. The music department will provide specialized masks and bell covers for all wind players enrolled in ensembles, so we ask that you email your ensemble director in advance with the details about your instrument so that we may have this equipment for you prior to the beginning of the semester. In addition to the use of specialized masks, wind players must maintain a distance of at least eight (8) feet from others. Trombonists must maintain a 9 square foot distance from others.
  3. All department ensembles that include wind players will take place in designated rooms and times only. Rehearsals/recordings involving wind players can be no longer than 30 minutes at a time, with a break to clear the room of aerosols of 20 minutes in duration, prior to rehearsing for another 30 minutes, and repeating as needed.


Only students enrolled in performance-based classes, Music Theory Fundamentals, and Theory II are eligible to use the practice rooms. Eligible students should have received a link through which they can sign up for practice rooms. The schedule resets daily. Students are required to observe all of the posted protocols, which include:

  • Never accessing a practice room without first signing up online.
  • Washing and sanitizing hands before using shared equipment, like pianos.
  • Wiping down pianos after use.
  • Relinquishing practice rooms at the scheduled time, even if you arrived late (this ensures a proper airing-out period before the next person enters.)
  • Leaving practice room doors propped open with the provided door stops.

Your commitment to these protocols helps to ensure the safety of our entire community. Any student found to be violating protocols will lose practice room privileges for the remainder of the semester.


There is to be no unscheduled room usage in Evans Music Center for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. An empty room does not equal an available room, since every space is scheduled for a period of aerosol dispersal after each use. To reserve a room, please email Becky Guderian at, but note that room availability will be greatly curtailed this year.


Ensembles WILL meet, though they will look different, for obvious reasons of health and safety. Please direct detailed questions about the nature of a particular ensemble to the respective ensemble director. You can find a list of ensembles and contact information here


The following classes have been canceled for Spring 2021:

  • Gamelan Ensemble
  • Beginning African Marimba Ensemble
  • Intermediate African Marimba Ensemble
  • Beginning Voice Class
  • Beginning Piano Class
  • Intermediate Piano Class
  • African Mbira Class


Performers wishing to collaborate with another musician on campus must receive special permission from the department; please contact the department chair, Michael Johanson, to submit a COVID safety proposal.

Ensemble directors and students preparing recitals must have their COVID rehearsal and performance safety plan pre-approved by the department chair.

Any other rehearsals of small ensembles must observe all of the safety protocols above, plus must observe distancing requirements (at least 8 feet apart, and 9 feet of space surrounding trombones). Students wishing to schedule spaces for small ensembles may reserve them through Becky Guderian, in order to ensure that they have a sufficiently large space for the particular number and type of players.

Questions? Please email our Administrative Specialist, Becky Guderian, at