Information for Faculty

Please check back frequently for updates and additions throughout the fall semester.

FAQs

DETAILS FOR FALL 2021 SEMESTER

Updated 8/19/2021

What Physical Distancing Requirements are there for fall?

There is no physical distancing requirement for musicians who play a non-aerosol producing instrument (strings, percussion, and keyboard instruments), regardless of vaccination status.

There is no physical distancing requirement for vaccinated musicians who play an aerosol producing instrument (brass, woodwinds, and voice).

Unvaccinated musicians who play an aerosol producing instrument must be distanced at least 6’ from others at all times.

Updated 8/19/2021

What is the masking policy for fall for ensembles or chamber music groups?

All members of an ensemble or chamber music group must wear a mask and, if appropriate, a bell cover.  Musicians who play a wind instrument will be expected to cut a small slit in their mask to allow for their mouthpiece, but this slit must be modest so that the majority of the mask is left intact.  The sides of the mouth and chin must remain covered by the mask at all times.

The conductor/coach of an ensemble may be unmasked when leading rehearsals as long as they remain 6’ away from all members of the ensemble.  If the layout of the room prevents the conductor/coach from maintaining appropriate distance then a mask must be worn.  We will not be able to accommodate requests for a new room assignment solely to meet this requirement.

For performances and dress rehearsals ONLY, a vaccinated musician may be unmasked in the following situations:

  • The musician is performing alone on stage,
  • The musician is performing on stage with a pianist (the pianist must be masked and the soloist must be at least 6’ away), or
  • The musician is a soloist with an ensemble (the ensemble members must be masked and the soloist must be at least 6’ away).

Updated 8/19/2021

What is the masking policy for lessons?

In an applied lesson, a vaccinated teacher may remove their mask as long as 6’ of distance can be maintained from the student(s) in the room.  We will not be able to accommodate requests for a new room assignment solely to meet this requirement.  Students must leave their mask in place at all times.

Updated 8/19/2021

What is the practice room policy?

We will revert to our pre-COVID practice room policies for all students.  When alone in a room, fully vaccinated students may remove their mask when practicing.  However, students with an approved exemption to the University’s vaccine requirement must leave their mask on at all times – even when practicing alone in a room.  Additionally, unvaccinated woodwind and brass students must leave their bell covers on as well while practicing.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Updated 7/7/2021

What will return to campus look like for the fall semester?

Please refer to this page.

COURSES AND TEACHING

Updated 11/23/2020

"Teaching During Times of Disruption" Videos Available

Many online video tutorials are available for on “Teaching During Times of Disruption”, covering topics such as planning and preparation, troubleshooting, and managing live classroom settings. The tutorials are available in two parts; click here for a list of topics in Part 1 and click here for Part 2.

Need assistance? A schedule for ongoing Spring 2020 workshops is available on the IML home page.

FACULTY MESSAGES