Fall 2020 Instructional Guide

The following questions and answers are intended to help faculty with their planning for the fall semester. The answers below are current as of 7/17/20 and will be updated as needed.






  • Will the classrooms be arranged to meet social distancing requirements?
    Yes, in the coming weeks Facilities and the Associate Dean for Operations will help move furniture and chairs to ensure spaces are arranged for safe social distancing. For the College of Music, it is important to note that we will have guidelines for 6’ and 9’ distancing for lecture-based classes and performance-based classes.
  • How do we handle exiting and entering classes, particularly when there are back-to back classes?
    Each instructor should make plans for students to enter and exit the rooms in a manner that avoids congestion. This may include letting students out 10-minutes early, particularly in cases of back-to-back classes. The College has minimized back-to-back classes and, wherever possible, we have allowed for 15 – 60 minutes of empty space. Classroom spaces that have two access doors will have signs that identify the door for entering and the door for exiting. Some classes that are currently face-to-face may be moved to a remote format, which will free space to move other face-to-face classes into rooms that allow for at least 60 minutes of empty space.
  • What procedures do I follow for cleaning the classroom prior to and after class?
    Written procedures are being developed and will be posted in each classroom. Each classroom will be supplied with a sanitizing station and cleaner for the piano keys and other surfaces. The cleaner has been approved by our piano technicians.
  • Will I have an opportunity to evaluate my classroom before the semester begins to express concerns or needs?
    Yes. You may visit your classroom at any time. Our goal is to have the building fully ready by August 7th. Any questions or concerns can be directed to your Division Chair, Felix Olschofka, or Warren Henry.


  • Will my applied studio be supplied with cleaning supplies or air filters?
    Yes, but we are still waiting on confirmation. We expect each studio space to be equipped with hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies for the piano keys and other surfaces. Faculty are responsible for cleaning surfaces before and after each lesson. Currently, Facilities is looking into the most efficient air filtration systems, which may be a HEPA filtration system. Faculty who teach instruments that produce condensation must have safety plans in place for disposing the condensation.
  • Are there specific procedures for collaborative pianists and rehearsals for applied lessons/recitals?
    Yes. There is a Collaborative Piano policy that is being developed and will be made available once completed. For your planning, any rehearsal with a pianist and teacher should be done in a large classroom space that allows for 6’-9’ social distancing. These rooms can be reserved through Roomview.
  • What if my current studio does not have enough space for safe social distancing?
    You should first notify your Division Chair, who will contact Felix Olschofka, the Associate Dean for Operations. We will try to find alternative spaces that would provide a safe teaching environment. If we cannot, the only alternative is to teach applied lessons in a remote or partially remote format. All studios have been measured, and all but one provide at least 9’ of social distancing.
  • Where do I teach my studio class and departmentals?
    This should be settled for all areas. Rooms and times have been assigned, and each faculty member should have plans in place to ensure safety through distancing, rotations, or partially remote instruction. See your Division Chair if you have any questions.
  • Is there a policy on how to space out scheduled lesson times?
    At this time there is not a firm policy. However, you should plan your lessons to allow at least 30-60 minutes between lessons whenever possible.
  • Will we still have degree recitals?
    Yes. However, audiences are not allowed. The student’s committee members are allowed to attend the recital, safely distanced apart. Detailed directions will be posted in Roomview, and Laura Fuller will be sending directions directly to students when they book recital times.
  • Are students and accompanists required to wear masks on stage?
    Yes. The accompanist and performer (non-wind instruments) are required to wear a mask. Page turners are also expected to wear face masks. Wind instrument performers and singers must be safely distanced (9’), and there may not be more than six performers on the stage for any performance. Masks must be worn prior to and after the performance.
  • Are juries still scheduled?
    Yes. However, juries will now start on Thursday, November 19 and end on Wednesday morning, November 25. As a reminder, all instruction will be fully remote for everyone after Thanksgiving.
  • Can we use external pianists for recitals and juries?
    As of now, no. External visitors to campus are not part of the university’s current reopening phase, but it may be included in the next phase. You should make plans for both scenarios – one with external pianists and one without external pianists. We hope to have a clearer answer in the coming weeks.