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Coronavirus Information for the School of Music

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 3/28/2022

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. As of March 28, 2022, capacity restrictions in HoA 102 are lifted. Facial coverings are now optional for those who are up-to-date with vaccinations.

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

  • The best defense against COVID-19 is be vaccinated and boosted. All CMU students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated and boosted, unless they have an approved exemption.
  • Wear a facial covering indoors in crowded spaces, or if you or a close contact have tested positive.
  • 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 optional Daily Self-Assessment 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 have returned to their normal schedules and are open to members of the public who are fully vaccinated. As of March 28, 2022, per current CMU policy, masks are optional for attendees who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. Capacity restrictions have now been lifted.

  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 who are fully vaccinated are welcome.
  5. All ensemble performances are ticketed; most are free. Student recitals are no longer being ticketed.
  6.  There are no longer restrictions on the number of performers allowed for a recital, provided that all are masked (except vocalists or wind players).
  7. Recording Services is available to livestream and record student recitals upon request. Livestreaming is free, but fees apply for recording. Note: Livestreaming is not available at Mellon Institute Auditorium.
  8. All individuals participating in the recital must follow current safety protocols per university guidelines.
  9. The Marketing & Communications Office will arrange for up to three front-of-house crew members to work each recital.
  10. 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.
  11. Pianists must be prepared to clean and sanitize keyboard before and after each use.
  12. Only bottled water is permitted in either venue.
  13. No receptions of any kind will be permitted in the College of Fine Arts before or after the recital.
  14. All posters and physical promotional materials are the sole responsibility of the recitalist to create, place and remove.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

  • As of March 28, 2022 facial coverings both indoors and outdoors are optional for members of our community who are up-to-date with respect to COVID-19 vaccinations (meaning fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible). Those who are not up-to-date on vaccinations must continue to follow mitigation measures, including wearing facial coverings while indoors.
  • There are several circumstances in which individuals will still be required to wear a high-quality, well-fitting facial covering indoors, regardless of vaccination status:
    • Anyone who has tested positive (wear for at least three days following the seven days of isolation).
    • Anyone who has been a close contact of a positive case within 10 days of exposure.
    • Anyone visiting Tartan Testing or University Health Services.
    • Anyone riding a CMU shuttle or other public transportation.
    • Anyone in a university child care setting, including the Cyert Center for Early Education and The Children’s School.
  • Individuals may choose to continue wearing facial coverings for a variety of reasons, and the university community is encouraged to support those who wish to do so. 

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.