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Coronavirus Information for the School of Music

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated 8/28/2020

Yes! The School of Music is following university guidelines for a return to both in-person and online teaching for all graduate and undergraduate programs for Fall 2020. 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 return to campus plan is outlined below.

Some School of Music staff are working in person, and others are working remotely in Fall 2020. For general inquiries, call (412) 268-2372 or email View the staff contact list here.

The School of Music administrative offices in HoA 102 will be open beginning August 31, 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.

  • 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.
  • Wear a mask at all times on campus, both inside buildings and outside.
  • 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.

The School of Music is instituting a number of policies and procedures for the safety of our community:

School of Music Return to Campus Guidelines

For the Fall 2020 semester, “Major Instrumental Ensembles” will entail small in-person ensemble projects in the middle part of the semester and a new online-only class called Remote Performance. View the details on the Fall 2020 Major Instrumental Ensembles.

The Chamber Series will perform in the 2020-2021 season with socially distanced, livestreamed performances.

  1. The Fall recital season will run from Monday, September 14, through Sunday, November 22.
  2. Recitals will be held in Kresge Theater and Alumni Concert Hall only.
  3. The recitalist is entitled to two (2) hours of rehearsal time in the venue leading up to the recital.
  4. No audience will be permitted during the recital or rehearsals except for the studio teacher.
  5. Only the recitalist, collaborative pianist, other performers (no more than four additional) and one page-turner will be permitted onstage during the recital.
  6. Recording Services will stream and record all Fall recitals at no cost to student.
  7. All individuals participating in the recital must follow safety protocols per university guidelines.
  8. The Marketing & Communications Office will arrange for three front-of-house crew members to work each recital.  Recitalist is responsible for supplying the name of their studio instructor to the ushers so that they can be admitted to the hall for the recital.
  9. 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.
  10. Pianists must be prepared to clean and sanitize keyboard before and after each use.
  11. Only bottled water is permitted in either venue.
  12. No receptions of any kind will be permitted in the College of Fine Arts before or after the recital.
  13. All posters and physical promotional materials are the sole responsibility of the recitalist to create, place and remove. Recitalist must follow deadlines for submission of program, bio, and headshot to the Marketing & Communications office for digital program and digital promotional efforts.
  14. Recital scheduling is available now through the late Fall. Spring recitals will be scheduled later this Fall.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. These policies may be superseded by future guidelines and restrictions issued by the university, and federal, state, and local government agencies.

Practice rooms will be open to School of Music students starting Monday, August 31, 2020, from 6:00 AM to 11:59 PM each day. They will be closed overnight to allow for cleaning. Teaching studios will follow similar procedures specific to each studio, with access governed by each studio's faculty.

Practice rooms are reservable in advance in one or two-hour blocks, with a three-hour maximum per student per day. Practice room reservations can be made up to seven days in advance on a first come-first serve basis. Every session will be followed by a 30-minute vacant period to allow for maximum air exchange.Students can reserve practice room time by visiting This platform will be active as of August 30, 2020.

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.

Kresge Theatre and Alumni Concert Hall are NOT available for rehearsals or recordings, except as outlined above in Temporary Recital Rules.

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 and wear a mask.
  • 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 meetings.
  • Maintaining mental and physical health. Exercise and fresh air are important, but always maintain at least six feet between yourself and others while outside.
  • Use technology to connect with friends and family.

Masks are required on campus at all times.

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. 

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

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