Stanford is currently in Stage 2 of the restart process. Only essential workers, authorized researchers and laboratory support personnel and those with permission to be on campus to prepare the campus for restart should be on campus at this time. All work that can be done from home should continue to be done remotely.

Music Related Recommendations

Winter 2021 All Environments:

  • Maximum occupancy determined by guidelines below. Strongly encourage the smallest group possible.
  • Outdoor settings are preferred over indoor settings.
  • 50-minute time limit with 30-minute “buffer” time between meetings for droplets to settle.
  • Wear face coverings at all times (additional info below).
  • Use bell screens (use pantyhose material if specific bell screen is not available) for brass and woodwind instruments whenever feasible (including flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone).
  • Clean and disinfect high touch points in practice areas and shared instruments.
  • No singing or playing of wind and brass instruments is permitted indoors at this time. Consult with EH&S for a case-by-case exception.


Winter 2021 Outdoor Environments:

  • Outdoor physical distancing requirements: 6 feet for instruments, 6-12 feet for larger instruments (e.g., trombones), 15 feet for vocal or instruments that cannot be played with a face covering.
    • Recommend use of metal nose bar in the face covering for singers
  • For brass/woodwind instruments, wear face coverings with an embouchure slit when actively playing the instrument.
    • Brass/woodwind instruments can only be used outdoors at this time.
  • Instruments that cannot be played wearing a mask (slit or no slit), must be played outdoors.


Winter 2021 Indoor Environments:

  • Indoor classrooms must have mechanical ventilation.
  • Instruments that can be played while wearing face coverings without embouchure slit (e.g., string, keyboards, percussion) may use indoor spaces, provided the requirements for indoor instruction are met (see “In-Person Instructions”).
    • Where one or more of the instruments is unable to be moved outside (i.e. piano, organ), use of specialized indoor classrooms is permitted.
    • Room occupancy may be determined by physical distancing requirements.
    • Physical distancing requirements: 9 ft for low-risk instruments (e.g., stings, keyboard, percussion), 9 ft for instructor/director.
  • No singing or playing of wind instruments is permitted indoors at this time. Consult with EH&S for a case-by-case exception. This will be reevaluated for Spring 2021.