Music Related Recommendations
For Winter 2021, music instruction and music-related activities will be limited to low-risk instruments (strings, keyboards, percussion). The following guidelines are based on country risk level:
- Widespread (purple) – all in-person/ indoor ensemble activity of any kind is suspended.
- Substantial (red)- potential restart of in-person/ indoor small ensemble activity.
When the Arts Planning Committee allows for restart of in-person/ indoor small ensemble activities, the following guidelines will be applied:
- 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, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, saxophone).
- 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.
- 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.
Shared Indoor Environment:
- 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: 6 ft for low-risk instruments (e.g., stings, keyboard, percussion), 6 ft for instructor/director.
- No singing or playing of wind instruments is permitted in shared indoor environments at this time. Consult with EH&S for a case-by-case exception. This will be reevaluated for Spring 2021.
Personal Indoor Environment:
- As all students residing on campus are in single occupancy rooms, assigned single occupancy residential space can be used for all instruments (including singing, wind & brass instruments) if:
- 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.