Safety Plan

MSU College of Music COVID-19 Work & Safety Plan


This section contains specific information on general health and safety measures, use of the music facilities, academic classes, protocols for private instruction, practice rooms, and studio classes. All College of Music students have also received this information in email.

  • During the current health crisis, safeguarding the health of faculty, staff, and students while providing the highest quality of instruction is the primary objective.
     
  • Access to the Music Facilities is limited to the following students:
    1. Graduate students who must access music facilities for class, rehearsal, lessons, or personal practice.
    2. Graduating seniors with a recital in the fall or spring semester who must access music facilities for lessons, studio class, or personal practice.
    3. Undergraduate music majors (not minors or non-majors) needing access to a practice room for a virtual lesson or for personal practice.
       

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General Health and Safety Measures

  1. Every person must wear a face mask or face covering while on campus.
  2. Faculty, staff, and students must complete the COVID-19 Workplace Health Screening form every day before entering music facilities. This is to assist with contact tracing should someone test positive.
  3. Should a student or instructor come to class with symptoms of COVID-19, immediately notify the Office of the University Physician.  Faculty, staff, and students who are ill are required to stay home.
  4. Faculty, staff, and students will maintain 6 feet social distancing and adhere to traffic flow signage throughout Music facilities.
  5. Visitors will not be allowed into lessons, rehearsals, or classes.
  6. Hand sanitizer is available at building entrances and exits and in each classroom.
  7. CDC Posters “Symptoms of Coronavirus” and “Stop the Spread of Germs” are posted throughout College of Music buildings. Signs with appropriate public-health advisories may also be posted as needed.
  8. Any faculty, staff, or students using a music facility space will be asked to disinfect the items that they will touch or have touched such as a chair, tabletop or music stand, with a disinfectant wipe.
  9. High touch, common areas such as doorknobs, push plates, and light switches, will be disinfected daily by IPF custodial staff.
  10. Students should be encouraged to use phones, video conferencing or other electronic means for group communications

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Use of Facilities

  1. The Music buildings will remain locked and will only be available with keycard (University ID) access. Building hours will be 7 am – 11 pm daily, including weekends.
  2. Graduate students may occupy the building for lessons, rehearsals, personal practice or to ‘attend’ a virtual class (see below for rooms allotted for this).
  3. Only graduate students and graduating seniors with a recital may be taught in person. No other undergraduate may receive in person instruction in the music facilities or at any other location.
  4. Seniors and other undergraduate music majors must enter the building immediately just prior to their lesson (in person or virtual) or personal practice and must exit immediately when their work is completed.
  5. All of the above students will be allowed to store their instruments in a locker, following the usual policies and procedures.
  6. Wind and voice faculty are strongly encouraged to teach virtually. Outdoor lessons are allowed. Those wishing to teach graduate students or graduating seniors on a recurring weekly basis should schedule these times in an appropriate and available space through the Main Office. Please do this ONLY if you plan to use the space every week. For occasional lessons with these students, rooms may be reserved each week through the Main Office using the current reservation system.
  7. Large rehearsal/performance halls (Hollander, Cook, Murray, Eichler, Large Reh, 103 MPB) and classrooms may be reserved by graduate students and graduating seniors through the Main Office using the current reservation system.
  8. Chamber music rehearsals and rehearsal that involve singers or winds that produce aerosolized particles must use large rehearsal/ performance halls.
  9. Strings and other winds may use classrooms as appropriate.
  10. Graduate students and graduating seniors will be allowed to reserve a classroom for a particular time each week from which to have a virtual lesson with their accompanist. For rehearsals with pianists outside of a virtual lesson, students should use evenings and weekends, when many rooms are available.
  11. Other undergraduate students may not reserve rehearsal/performance halls or classrooms and may not rehearse with pianists or any other collaborator. They are only allowed to access the assigned practice room for virtual lessons or personal practice.

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Academic Courses

  1. All MUS academic courses (non-performance based) will be offered online in synchronous and asynchronous modalities.

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Quiet Study Rooms

  1. Classrooms 145 MB, 219 MPB, and 419 MPB have been designated as “quiet study rooms” for the exclusive use of graduate students who need to access a virtual class or study between lessons or rehearsals. Graduating seniors and other undergraduates may not use these rooms.
  2. Room furniture has been reduced and spaced according to University guidelines of 6 feet apart. Students using these areas must disinfect the items that they touch or have touched, such as a chair, tabletop or music stand, with a disinfectant wipe before and after use.

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Private Instruction, One-on-one teaching

Piano, percussion, strings

  1. One-on-one private instruction will only take place in appropriately sized faculty studios, large classrooms, and rehearsal/performance venues.
  2. Face coverings will be worn by instructor and student for the duration of the lesson.
  3. Instructor and student will maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet.
  4. In a studio where 6 feet cannot be maintained, clear plastic shower curtains will be placed between instructor and student.
  5. If there is an accompanist involved in these lessons, the accompanist must maintain a minimum of 6 feet from both instructor and student.
  6. If a faculty office does not have adequate space to maintain minimum safe distances, a classroom or rehearsal venue will be used.
  7. Specific piano private instruction protocols:
    1. Students wait in the hall prior to lesson.
    2. Teacher opens the door.
    3. Student enters and uses hand sanitizer before playing.
    4. Student disinfects keyboard before playing.
    5. Student finishes lesson, sanitizes student keyboard, music stand, and bench according to protocols and sprays their side of shower curtain (allow to dry).
    6. Teacher sprays their side of shower curtain.
    7. Teacher opens the door and student exits.
    8. Room refresh time: 10 minutes (all occupants must leave the room).
  8. Specific string private instruction protocols:
    1. Student waits in the hall prior to lesson.
    2. Teacher opens the door. 
    3. Student enters and uses hand sanitizer before playing.
    4. Student wipes down music stand and chair before playing using disinfecting wipe.
    5. Student wipes down music stand and chair at the of the lesson using disinfecting wipe.
    6. Teacher opens the door and student exits.
    7. Room refresh (all occupants must leave the room).
  9. Lesson duration: maximum of 60 minutes
  10. Room refresh time: 10 minutes (all occupants must leave the room)

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Private Instruction, One-on-one teaching

Winds, brass (instruction involving or resulting in the production of aerosolized particles)

  1. One-on-one private instruction will only take place in appropriately sized classrooms, and rehearsal/performance venues.
  2. Performance face coverings are required and will be worn by the performing student and faculty for the duration of the lesson.
  3. Instructor and student must maintain a minimum distance of 12 feet.
  4. If there is an accompanist involved in these lessons, then the accompanist must maintain a minimum of 12 feet from both instructor and student.
  5. The use of bell covers, or other aerosol reducing protective equipment as appropriate is required.
  6. Condensation protocols for brass or wind instruments:
    1. Emptying condensation on any floor is prohibited.
    2. Brass or wind players who may have condensation accumulated in their instruments during playing must empty into absorbent pads placed next to each player’s chair.
    3. Players will remove their own absorbent pads and dispose in trash containers.
  7. Specific winds, brass private instruction protocols:
    1. Student waits in the hall prior to lesson.
    2. Teacher opens the door.
    3. Student enters and uses hand sanitizer before playing.
    4. Student wipes down music stand and chair before playing using disinfecting wipe.
    5. Student wipes down music stand and chair at the of the lesson using disinfecting wipe.
    6. Teacher opens the door and student exits.
    7. Room refresh (all occupants must leave the room).
  8. Lesson duration: maximum of 60 minutes.
  9. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room).

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Private Instruction, One-on-one

Vocal (instruction involving or resulting in the production of aerosolized particles)

  1. One-on-one private instruction will only take place in appropriately sized large classrooms, and rehearsal/performance venues.
  2. Singer’s masks must be worn by the performing student and faculty for the duration of the lesson.
  3. Instructor and student must maintain a minimum distance of 20 feet.
  4. If there is an accompanist involved in these lessons, then the accompanist must maintain a minimum of 20 feet from both instructor and student.
  5. Specific vocal private instruction protocols:
    1. Student waits in the hall prior to lesson.
    2. Teacher opens the door.
    3. Student enters and uses hand sanitizer before singing.
    4. Student wipes down music stand and chair before singing using disinfecting wipe.
    5. Student wipes down music stand and chair at the of the lesson using disinfecting wipe.
    6. Teacher opens the door and student exits.
    7. Room refresh (all occupants must leave the room).
  6. Lesson duration: maximum of 60 minutes.
  7. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room).

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Practice (individual)

  1. Each applied teacher has been given one or more practice rooms based on the number of students needing access. Each teacher is responsible for developing a schedule and assigning students to specific practice times in specific rooms throughout the week, including weekends. These practice rooms are to be used for virtual lessons and personal practice. There is no limit on how many hours of practice a student may have. They may be assigned to any combination of the rooms assigned to the faculty member.
  2. Each studio’s weekly practice room schedule must remain constant through the semester. Only the faculty member (not students) may make changes. Schedules will be posted, and monitors will check for compliance.
  3. Practice rooms may only be occupied by one student at a time.
  4. Specific sanitizing protocols will be posted in all practice rooms. Any student not following the sanitizing protocol or the 30 minute refresh time will lose practice room privileges. 
  5. Specific practice room protocols:
    1. Piano, percussion, strings
      1. Adhere to established sanitizing protocols for practice rooms.
      2. Pianists and string students need not wear masks while practicing.
      3. Percussion students must wear masks at all times.
      4. Practice duration: no limit.
      5. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room).
      6. The applied teacher must create a schedule that allows for these 30 minute breaks.
    2. Winds, brass
      1. Adhere to established sanitizing protocols for practice rooms.
      2. Performance masks must be worn at all times.
      3. Students must use bell covers, or other aerosol reducing protective equipment as appropriate is required.
      4. Condensation protocols for brass or wind instruments:
        1. Emptying condensation on any floor is prohibited.
        2. Brass or wind players who may have condensation accumulated in their instruments during playing must empty into absorbent pads placed next to each player’s chair.
      5. Players will remove their own absorbent pads and dispose in trash containers.
      6. Practice duration: not to exceed 90 minutes.
      7. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room).
      8. The applied teacher must create a schedule that allows for these 30 minute breaks.
    3. Vocal
      1. Adhere to established sanitizing protocols for practice rooms.
      2. Performance masks must be worn at all times.
      3. Practice duration: not to exceed 60 minutes.
      4. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room).
      5. The applied teacher must create a schedule that allows for these 30 minute breaks.

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Studio classes

May be offered in person only to graduate students and graduating seniors. Other undergraduates may only attend virtually.

  1. Studio Classes – piano, percussion, strings
    1. Face coverings must be worn for the duration of studio class.
    2. Students and faculty must follow sanitizing protocols used in private lessons.
    3. The instructor, performing student, and accompanist shall adhere to all spacing guidelines outlined for private instruction above.
    4. Only those students performing in studio class will be in person. Those students should be present in the room only for their performance and critique.
    5. The class will be offered virtually with the non-performing students attending via electronic platform.
    6. Class duration: maximum of 120 minutes
    7. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room)
    8. Studio classes that involve ensemble playing (i.e. Trombone Choir) must adhere to the same rehearsal schedule as ensembles: 30 minutes of rehearsal followed by 20 minutes for the room to refresh.
  2. Studio Classes – winds, brass, voice
    1. Performance face coverings must be worn for the duration of studio class.
    2. Students and faculty must follow sanitizing protocols used in private lessons.
    3. The instructor, performing student, and accompanist shall adhere to all spacing guidelines outlined for private instruction above.
    4. Only those students performing in studio class will be in person. Those students should be present in the room only for their performance and critique.
    5. The class will be offered virtually with the non-performing students attending via electronic platform.
    6. Class duration: maximum of 90 minutes
    7. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room)
    8. Studio classes that involve ensemble playing (i.e. Trombone Choir) must adhere to the same rehearsal schedule as ensembles: 30 minutes of rehearsal followed by 20 minutes for the room to refresh.

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Chamber Music 

Piano, percussion, strings

  1. Piano, percussion, and string students may reserve the largest rehearsal spaces (Large, Eichler, Murray, Hollander) for their chamber rehearsals (without wind, brass, voice).
  2. Face coverings will be worn for the duration of the rehearsal
  3. Piano, percussion, and strings must maintain a minimum of 6 feet between performers.
  4. Rehearsal duration: maximum of 60 minutes.
  5. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room)..

Winds, brass, vocal

  1. Wind/brass players and vocalists may reserve the largest rehearsal spaces (Large , Eichler, Murray, Hollander) for their chamber rehearsals.
  2. Face coverings will be worn for the duration of the rehearsal. Bell covers or other aerosol reducing protective equipment as appropriate is required.
  3. Wind and brass performers must maintain a minimum of 12 feet from other performers.
  4. Vocalists must maintain a distance of 20 feet from other performers.
  5. Rehearsal duration: maximum of 60 minutes.
  6. Room refresh time: 30 minutes (all occupants must leave the room).

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The College of Music COVID-19 Work & Safety Plan was developed to allow for the safe, but limited, return to campus for our faculty, staff, and most importantly, our students. These plans and protocols were developed by examining the ever-increasing body of research on the coronavirus, particularly the issue of its transmission by those musicians who expel air and create aerosolized particles. We have also consulted a number of infectious disease experts, and, more recently, have met with representatives of MSU EHS and IPF to consider size of instructional spaces, HVAC capability, and nature of use. The College of Music has taken a conservative approach in instances where definitive agreement on best practices has not been reached.