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Coronavirus Information for the School of Music

Get the most up-to-date information on the university's guidelines and current response on CMU's Coronavirus Information page

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 4/10/2020

Yes! While classes were canceled university-wide on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, starting Wednesday, March 18 all graduate and undergraduate programs transitioned to online and alternative teaching and assessment methods. The exact procedures for this will vary based on the unique needs of each music course. Students should contact their instructors if they are unsure.

The School of Music staff are working remotely until further notice. For general inquiries, call (412) 268-2372 or email View the staff contact list here.

  • 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.
  • Practice social distancing. Social distancing is an evidence-based public health practice to mitigate the spread of viruses.
  • 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.

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.

No. Due to the requirement to eliminate large gatherings of people to contain spread of the coronavirus, all large and small ensemble performances are canceled for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. This includes the Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Chorus, Opera, Baroque Ensemble, Contemporary Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Orchestra. The Philharmonic Soloist Competition and the Chamber Music Competition are also canceled.

The Chamber Series performances on March 24 and April 28 are also canceled.

However, students taking ensemble classes will receive alternative remote instruction in ensemble work.

  • Only those students working toward a May 2020 graduation may perform a recital in March, April, or May of 2020. All other recitals are postponed until the Fall 2020 semester, or whenever the threat of COVID-19 has subsided and the restrictions placed upon us have been lifted.
  • On-campus recitals will no longer be permitted, effective immediately. Students who had planned to perform a recital this semester should contact their studio instructors to make other arrangements. For graduating students, every effort will be made to insure that an on-time May 2020 graduation will still be possible.
  • Graduating students should arrange to perform a recital remotely at any suitable venue and stream the performance, or record it and provide the recording to the studio instructor. With this option, the student’s regular collaborative pianist will obviously NOT be available, and the student would be responsible for arranging for a collaborative pianist.
  • For students studying an orchestral instrument, if an accompanist cannot be retained at a remote location, the studio instructor is authorized to change the nature of the recital to mimic a professional orchestra audition, with the student performing orchestral repertoire excerpts and unaccompanied solo(s) designated by the studio instructor. In this option the performance must be streamed live (Zoom, Google Hangouts, or similar platform are acceptable) and the studio instructor must view the performance live.
  • If a student has recently (since 12/1/2019) successfully performed a major work at a concert (even external to Carnegie Mellon) with the studio instructor in attendance, the studio instructor may decide to designate that performance as the degree recital.
  • All students giving recitals under these conditions in March, April, or May of 2020 are invited to return to campus at a later date, after the threat of COVID-19 has subsided, to perform a recital without restrictions, as guests of the School of Music. 
  • Any student working toward a May 2020 graduation MAY also decide to delay their recital until the threat of COVID-19 has subsided and the restrictions placed upon us have been removed. The degree will be awarded when the recital is successfully performed.
  • These policies may be superseded by future guidelines and restrictions issued by the university, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

No. In compliance with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's order of March 19, 2020, all facilities on Carnegie Mellon's campus closed on Friday, March 20, 2020, including the CFA building and the Hall of the Arts.

Remote work, instruction and assessment will continue. Residence halls and dining facilities to support students still living on campus are exempt from this closure.

Kresge Theatre and Alumni Concert Hall are NOT available for rehearsals, recordings, or recitals.

According to the World Health Organization, physical distancing means keeping a safe distance from others to prevent the COVID-19 virus from transferring from one person to another. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends staying six feet apart from others at all times.

Physical distancing can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is meant to keep you safe if an infected person were to cough or sneeze near you. You can practice this by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from groups of people.

Other preventative measures include:

  • Limiting travel (including shopping trips). When you must venture out for necessities, practice physical distancing. Please remember that Governor Wolf’s recent directives have closed all but essential businesses.
  • Using drive thru, delivery or take out when possible for food, medicine and essentials.
  • Avoiding public transit unless it is essential.
  • Using virtual meetings instead of hosting or attending in-person social gatherings or academic meetings.
  • Maintaining mental and physical health. Exercise and fresh air are important, but always maintain six feet between yourself and others while outside.
  • Use technology to connect with friends and family.
In accordance with the CDC and Gov. Tom Wolf's guidelines, University Health Services is asking everyone to wear a face covering when on campus, whether outside in public areas or in a building. UHS also encourages everyone to wear a face covering when they go out in public in general. For more details, see the communication sent out on April 9, 2020.

Yes. Visit one of the Computing Services resources pages for instructions and tips for remote learning.

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