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Music Related Recommendations

updated 4/22/2021

 

General Guidelines:

  • Face covering and minimum physical distancing requirements outlined in Table A below.
  • Strongly encourage the smallest group possible.
  • Outdoor settings are preferred over indoor settings.
  • Refer to the maximum time limit indicated in Table B below.
  • All musicians should use their own music stands.
  • Brass players should have absorbent pads or cups ready to catch spit (let spit trickle from the spit valve rather than blowing through the valve to release).
  • Clean and disinfect high touch points in practice areas and on shared instruments.
Indoor Environment*(non-residential) and Outdoor Environment
Face covering requirements
  • Face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status.
    • Instruments that cannot be played wearing a mask (slit or no slit) must be played outdoors.
    • Wear non-slitted face covering when talking. Limit talking with slitted face coverings
    • For exceptions to face coverings requirements, contact EH&S for case-by-case exemption.
  • Players of brass and woodwind instruments should wear face coverings with an embouchure slit when playing their instrument.
Instrument covering requirements
  • Players of brass and woodwind instruments (these include flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone) should use bell screens whenever feasible. Pantyhose or multi-layer material can be used if a specific bell screen is not available.
Minimum physical distancing requirements
  • 6 ft for small/ regular-sized instruments & instructor/ director.
  • 9 ft for larger wind/ brass instruments (e.g., trombones, tuba).
  • 12 ft for vocals: Use of metal nose bar in the face covering for singers or a specialized singer’s mask is recommended.
  • 12 ft for outdoor instruments that cannot be played with a face covering.

*Indoor Environment (non-residential) Requirements:

  • Indoor classrooms must have mechanical ventilation with maximized outdoor air exchange. Work with Building Management/ LBRE to confirm.
  • Ensure the requirements for indoor instruction are met (see “In-Person Instructions”).
  • Where one or more of the instruments cannot be moved outside (e.g. piano, organ), the use of specialized indoor classrooms is permitted.

The following music-related recommendations are based on county risk level (Table B):

County Risk Level Indoor Activity** (non-residential) Outdoor Activity** Occupant Density
Widespread (purple) Face coverings, instrument coverings, and minimal physical distancing required. The following additional restrictions apply:
All general in-person/ indoor ensemble activity of any kind is suspended. All instruments and voice allowed.

Graduating recitals allowed.

No live audiences.

Not to exceed five people outdoors.
Substantial (red) Face coverings, instrument coverings, and minimal physical distancing required. The following additional restrictions apply:
  • Low-risk instruments (strings, keyboards, percussion) are allowed.
  • No vocal, woodwind, or brass instruments.

No live audiences.

All instruments and voice allowed.

Ensemble Activity allowed.

Graduating recitals allowed.

No live audiences.

Not to exceed 15 people or COVID room capacity, whichever is fewer.
Moderate (orange) Face coverings, instrument coverings, and minimal physical distancing required. The following additional restrictions apply:
For individual practice or lessons:

  • Low-risk instruments (strings, keyboards, percussion) allowed.
  • Vocal, woodwind, and brass instruments allowed.
    • Maximum time limit: 30 minutes with 30-minute buffer time.

Ensemble activity:

  • Low-risk instruments (strings, keyboards, percussion) allowed.
  • No vocal, woodwind, and brass instruments allowed.

No live audiences.

Maximum Time Limit: 60 minutes with 30-minute buffer time.

All instruments and vocal allowed.

Ensemble Activity allowed.

Recitals allowed.

Live audiences:

  • Must have at least 12 ft physical distance from the nearest performer.
  • Must follow all applicable state and county guidelines.
Indoor Ensembles:

  • Not to exceed 25% of the pre-COVID room capacity or 30 people, whichever is fewer.
  • No live audiences.

Outdoors (including live audience):
Adhere to University Gatherings requirements.

Minimal (yellow) Face coverings, instrument coverings, and minimal physical distancing required. The following additional restrictions apply:
For individual practice/ lessons and ensemble activity:

  • Low-risk instruments (strings, keyboards, percussion) allowed.
    • No time limit.
  • Vocal, woodwind, and brass instruments allowed.
    • Maximum time limit: 30 minutes with 30-minute buffer time.

Recitals allowed.

Live audiences:

  • Must have at least 12 ft physical distance from the nearest performer
  • Must follow all applicable state and county guidelines.
No Maximum Time Limit with 15 minute buffer time.

All instruments and voice allowed.

Ensemble Activity allowed.

Recitals allowed.

Live audiences:

  • Must have at least 12 ft physical distance from the nearest performer.
  • Must follow all applicable state and county guidelines.
Indoor (including Live Audience):

  • Not to exceed 25% of the pre-COVID room capacity or 300 people, whichever is fewer.
  • For increased indoor performance capacity, contact EH&S.

Outdoors (including live audience):
Adhere to University Gatherings requirements

**Consult with EH&S for a case-by-case exemption.

Personal Indoor Environment:

  • As all students residing on campus are currently in single-occupancy rooms, assigned single-occupancy residential space can be used for all instruments (including singing, woodwind & brass instruments) provided that:
    • Door remains closed to prevent aerosol spread.
    • Room occupancy is limited to one person (musician).
      • For registered households (when allowed by Student Affairs), room occupancy is limited to members of the same household.