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Coronavirus Information for the School of Music

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 9/14/2021

The School of Music is running in-person classes and ensembles, with pandemic safety protocols in accordance with university guidelines. The exact procedures for this will vary based on the unique needs of each music course.

The School of Music administrative offices in HoA 102 are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for ad hoc key pickup, microphone pickup, and general inquiries. Note that only 1 person will be allowed to enter HoA 102 at a time for your health and safety, and facial coverings are required. The Music Copier is not available for use until further notice.

For general inquiries, call (412) 268-2372 or email View the staff contact list here.

  • The best defense against COVID-19 is be vaccinated. All CMU students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated.
  • Wear a facial covering at all times on campus, except when in a private space or when actively eating or drinking.
  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing is an evidence-based public health practice to mitigate the spread of viruses.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Stay home when you are ill. Rest will assure quicker recovery and decrease the spread of infectious illness on campus.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Get plenty of rest/sleep.
  • Complete the Daily Self-Assessment each day before coming to campus.

If you become ill with fever or cough, or shortness of breath, call your medical provider or University Health Services (UHS) immediately at 412-268-2157. You should consult with a nurse who will give you instructions to protect you and others before seeking care. If you are on campus and experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, call campus police at 412-268-2323 immediately to alert them to your medical emergency.

See the university's FAQs for more detailed information.

Yes! Ensembles are returning to their normal schedules. Until at minimum October 31, 2021, attendance at ensemble performances (e.g. Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Opera, Contemporary Ensemble, etc.) is limited to CMU students, faculty and staff.
  1. The Fall 2021 recital season will run from September 17 – December 12. The Spring 2022 recital season will run from February 1 – May 8. Graduating seniors or 2nd year master’s students have priority for scheduling their recitals until October 1. After October 1, underclassmen and 1st year master’s students will be eligible to schedule their recital with instructor approval.
  2. Recitals will be held in Kresge Theater, Alumni Concert Hall or Mellon Institute Auditorium.
  3. The recitalist is entitled to two (2) hours of rehearsal time in the venue leading up to the recital.
  4. Audiences will be permitted at the recital, but attendance is limited to CMU students, faculty or staff with valid IDs, until at minimum October 31, 2021.
  5. Audiences are subject to strict capacity limits at 50% of regular capacity. (Kresge: 130 attendees; ACH: 75 attendees; Mellon: 174 attendees).
  6. To enforce rules #4 and #5, all performances including recitals will be ticketed through the School of Music’s Eventbrite page. Recital tickets will be free. Ticketing will be touchless using digital tickets and scanners.
  7. UPDATED 9/14/2021: There are no longer restrictions on the number of performers allowed for a recital, provided that all are masked (except vocalists or wind players).
  8. Recording Services is available to livestream and record student recitals upon request. Livestreaming is free for Fall 2021, but fees apply for recording. Note: Livestreaming is not available at Mellon Institute Auditorium.
  9. All individuals participating in the recital must follow current safety protocols per university guidelines.
  10. The Marketing & Communications Office will arrange for three front-of-house crew members to work each recital.
  11. Moving of the Kresge Theater pianos may only be done by the assigned front-of-house crew members. The piano will be moved onstage and returned backstage by crew members.
  12. Pianists must be prepared to clean and sanitize keyboard before and after each use.
  13. Only bottled water is permitted in either venue.
  14. No receptions of any kind will be permitted in the College of Fine Arts before or after the recital.
  15. All posters and physical promotional materials are the sole responsibility of the recitalist to create, place and remove.
  16. Recitalist must follow deadlines for submission of program, headshot and bio to the Marketing & Communications office for digital program and digital promotional efforts. Program templates must be submitted no later than 14 days before the recital. Digital programs will be created for Fall 2021.
  17. There will be only one evening recital, Monday through Friday, to begin at 7:30 PM. There will be only two scheduled recitals on Saturdays and Sundays. Starting times will be 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM.
  18. Decisions to cancel recitals will also cancel the dress rehearsals and must be done no less than two weeks prior to the actual date. The office of director of operations and the director of marketing and communications must be informed of cancellations. Cancellations must be communicated by the studio instructor.
  19. These policies may be superseded by future guidelines and restrictions issued by the university, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Practice rooms are open to School of Music students 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. However, each room must be closed for a brief period each night to allow for cleaning. Upon request from facilities cleaning staff, students must vacate the practice room temporarily. Teaching studios will follow similar procedures specific to each studio, with access governed by each studio's faculty.

Specific rooms have been set aside for use by piano and collaborative piano majors. They are: CFA M165, M167, M168, M169, M171 & M172.

One person is allowed in a practice room at a time. Please do not visit each other or congregate in rooms or practice room hallways. If and when possible, practice off-campus.

Only undergraduate Music majors and graduate Music students are allowed to use practice rooms. Disinfectant wipes are provided in each practice room hallway. Be sure to wipe all contact surfaces (including piano keyboards, door handles, light switches, seats, etc.) BEFORE and AFTER you use the practice room.

Facial coverings are required on campus when indoors, and outside when you are fewer than 6 feet away from other people.

Every member of the Carnegie Mellon community has a shared responsibility to uphold a culture of safety that balances health considerations with our desire to fulfill the university’s core mission. A Tartan's Responsibility outlines the expectations for all CMU students.