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Updated on January 20, 2022: Please note that the information found here is subject to change as conditions change. Please check back for the latest information regularly. Any changes will also be communicated to students and faculty via email and social media.

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Preface

(January 5, 2022)

The following updated safety guidelines for this coming academic year were approved by the Provost’s office on July 20, 2021. Since then, music department faculty have been closely monitoring developments surrounding the variants of COVID-19.

For in-person voice, brass, and woodwind lessons, both teacher and student must be masked. Brass and woodwind students are also required to use bell covers. Students who have shared their vaccination status with the University may apply for permission for unmasked lessons and performances. NB Vaccinated students only need to complete the department’s online form once. But approval to perform unmasked in each instance throughout the semester must be obtained from the student’s studio instructor or ensemble director, who will consult with the department chair for final approval (see below for link).

Based on CDC guidance, we also urge everyone who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster shot to receive this extra protection. You are eligible for a booster if:

  • You are 16 or older, and
  • You received your second/final dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines more than SIX months ago, or
  • You received your Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than TWO months ago.

COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters are available on a walk-in basis at Campus Health Pharmacy and Student Stores Pharmacy for faculty, staff and students. No appointment is necessary. Bring your insurance card (Medicare plans not accepted), and if receiving a COVID-19 booster, your COVID-19 vaccination card. Vaccinations are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at both pharmacies. You can find off-campus vaccination clinics in your community at vaccines.gov.

David F. Garcia
Chair, Department of Music

Spring 2022 Updates (effective January 5, 2022)

Highlights

  • Masks (and bell covers for winds) are still required in all indoor spaces including practice rooms
  • Unmasked individual instruction, rehearsal, and concert performance activities must be pre-approved by the department (see details and instructions below)
  • 10 minutes for air exchange in all spaces (i.e. practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, etc.) is required after every 60-minute interval of playing
  • No distancing required indoors (i.e. classrooms); distancing on stage is at the discretion of ensemble directors
  • Department music stands available for ensemble rehearsals/concerts in KMB 1201, Moeser, Person, HI 107 only; students are still required to have their own stand for lessons and practice rooms

Yellow background with Carolina blue face mask image in the center. Text above reads "Remember:" and text below reads "Safety Keeps Music (a)LIVE!"General Guidelines

The Department of Music is prioritizing the health and safety of our community in all of our plans for the Academic Year of 2021-22. To do this, we are following UNC’s Community Standards as well as those recommended by the Performing Arts Aerosol Study whose recommendations have been released in stages.

Masks

We require that everyone wear masks inside our buildings. When playing their instruments, brass and woodwind students are required to wear modified masks (no gaps in the mask, nose covered and tight enough around the edges that an outline appears when it is removed) and to use double-layer bell covers on their instrument (double-layer cover with the center layer being made of MERV-13 filter material). See the Department Policy on Modified Masks and Bell Covers here. The only exceptions are for brass, voice, and woodwind students in a designated pod in Kenan or Hill or in a practice room in Hill, or if pre-approved by the department (see below for details and instructions).

Handwashing

Please wash your hands frequently and utilize the hand sanitizer stations available throughout the buildings. Please sanitize your hands before touching/using any shared materials such as opening doors, sitting at desks in classrooms, or playing the pianos in practice rooms.

Distancing

Because the university no longer requires distancing in classrooms, classroom capacity for teaching will return to normal. However, distancing of students (e.g. wind players and singers) for lessons, rehearsals, performances, and in classrooms (when sufficient space is available) will be left to the discretion of instructors.

Faculty and Student COVID-19 Vaccine Certification (UPDATED January 20, 2022)

Music students and faculty who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including a booster if eligible, and have submitted their self-report form to the university may petition the Department of Music for approval to participate in unmasked individual studio lessons, rehearsals, and performances. Students who are up to date on their vaccinations should submit their requests here.

NB Students who are up to date on their vaccinations only need to complete this online form once. However, students must resubmit the form after receiving their booster shot. In addition, approval to perform unmasked in each instance throughout the semester must be obtained from the student’s studio instructor or ensemble director, who will consult with the department chair for final approval.

For faculty performances, faculty who are up to date on their vaccinations should contact the department chair for approval to perform unmasked.

If a performer is approved to play/sing unmasked, but then tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms within 10 days of the performance date, they may not perform unmasked. According to CDC isolation guidelines, they must stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in their home. They should wear a well-fitted mask if they must be around others in the home. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms developed or the test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days. Take precautions until day 10. Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. After 5 full days in isolation, and if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation), you should consult with your studio/ensemble instructor on whether it is advisable to perform masked. You still may not perform unmasked until after 10 days. It is most advisable to reschedule your performance to take place after your 10 days of isolation and taking precautions are concluded.

You cannot test out of isolation.

A negative result does not override the positive result.

If a performer is approved to play/sing unmasked, but then is exposed to COVID-19 and develops symptoms within 10 days of the performance date, they may not perform unmasked. According to CDC quarantine guidelines, you should isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask. After 5 full days in isolation, and if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation), you should consult with your studio/ensemble instructor on whether it is advisable to perform masked. You still may not perform unmasked until after 10 days. It is most advisable to reschedule your performance to take place after your 10 days of isolation and taking precautions are concluded.

Getting your COVID-19 vaccine and booster is the best way to protect yourself and others from the COVID-19 virus and its variants while contributing to a typical, in-person experience at Carolina. For updates on the Carolina Together program, please visit here.

The university is operating the Carolina Vaccine Clinic. Vaccination reservations are available for students and post-doctoral fellows at StudentCOVIDVax.unc.edu. To complete the vaccine self-report form, please click here.

If you have concerns about the vaccine, UNC Health has a hub that addresses many questions about the vaccine, including important facts.

What to Do When Symptoms Appear

Before leaving home for classes each day, students, faculty, and staff should check for symptoms. Anyone who is experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on this checklist must not go to class or work and should contact their health care provider. Students who develop symptoms or feel sick should immediately self-isolate and contact Campus Health. You can view their COVID-19 resources here. Do not go to an asymptomatic testing location.

For faculty and staff, Environment, Health, and Safety have created COVID-19 resources, which can be found here.

Testing and Tracing

For information on university protocols for contact tracing for students and employees, please visit here.

For complete details and the latest updates on the Carolina Together Testing policy, please visit here.

Performances and Live Audiences

Following the safety guideline updates most recently announced by the CDC, Performing Arts Aerosol Study, Governor Roy Cooper, and Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Provost Robert A. Blouin, the Department of Music will safely host live audiences in Moeser Auditorium, KMB 1201, Hill Hall 107, and Person Recital Hall.

Performances may also be live-streamed and/or recorded and posted on the department YouTube channel at the designated times found on our events calendar, here.

Safety Guidelines for Indoor Performances with Live Audiences

Live audiences are permitted indoors in Moeser Auditorium, KMB 1201, Hill Hall 107, and Person Recital Hall with the following safety precautions taken:

  • All indoor performances must allow for 10 minutes of non-playing time after every 60-minutes of playing; performances and audiences are not required to vacate the space
  • All equipment (music stands, seats, etc.) must be sanitized before and after each use
  • After each performance, venues must be vacated for a minimum of one (1) air exchange; the time needed for one (elevated) air exchange to occur may vary between Moeser Auditorium, KMB 1201, Hill Hall 107, and Person Recital Hall. (Signs are posted indicating the time needed for one air exchange to occur.)
  • All performers are required to wear masks, including singers and wind players, except vaccinated students and faculty who have submitted their self-report form to the university and who have received approval from the department to perform unmasked
  • Distancing of approved unmasked players is at the discretion of the instructor
  • All wind players (except vaccinated students and faculty who have submitted their self-report form to the university and who have received approval from the department to perform unmasked) are required to use bell covers on their instruments; brass players (regardless of vaccination status) must also use puppy pads to capture spit valve release
  • Concert organizers must ensure that hand sanitizers are accessible for all participants, audience included
  • All people seated in the audience must be masked (no exceptions including fully vaccinated people)
  • Audience capacities for performance venues have been reduced to allow for distanced seating (Moeser 320; Person Recital Hall 75; Kenan Rehearsal Hall 150)
  • All people attending and/or participating in the performance should monitor their symptoms prior to coming to campus. If they have one of the COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact their health care provider and should not come to campus.

Monitoring and Enforcement

Concert organizers (i.e. faculty) are encouraged to include language in all announcements (social media, emails, etc.) and program notes that all audience members will be required to wear masks. Organizers should also reiterate the department’s live audience safety guidelines prior to the start of concerts, and program organizers and staff should monitor audience compliance. Organizers should also plan accordingly with Campus Police in case of audience non-compliance.

Rehearsals

All faculty and/or student rehearsals (ensembles, combos, etc.) may take place in a room for up to 60 minutes maximum before 10 minutes of non-playing must occur to allow for air exchange. The rehearsal leader must indicate the time when the room can be reoccupied (i.e. 10 minutes after the conclusion of rehearsal) on the “clock sign” hanging on the door to the rehearsal space.

Pod & Practice Rooms

Students are required to follow the Pod & Practice Room Safety Protocol posted on Pod-connected room doors and practice room doors. This protocol includes leaving any room used for unmasked singing/playing vacant for 10 minutes to allow at least one HVAC air change to occur before being occupied by another student.

Music Stands

Music students are required to have their own portable music stand and to use that stand for practice rooms and lessons. Any stand, including wire ones, will be fine. Stands can be purchased in local music stores or online, and the UNC Bookstore also stocks them. Department music stands will be available for ensemble rehearsals and concerts only in KMB 1201, Moeser Auditorium, Person Recital Hall, and Hill Hall 107.

Practice Room Guidelines

Scheduling

Practice room use will return to normal with the exception of leaving rooms vacant for 10 minutes at the conclusion of a practice session. Students must indicate the time when the room can be reoccupied (i.e. 10 minutes after vacating the room) on the “clock sign” hanging on the door to the practice room.

Cleaning

There will be cleaning materials available in practice room areas, and we need everyone’s help in creating a safe environment. When you are done using a practice room, please use these materials to wipe down surfaces in that space.

Brass players are required to use disposable absorbent (“puppy”) pads beneath their playing area to collect spit, water, and condensation. These will be available outside of rehearsal and lesson spaces.

Piano Cleaning

The guidelines for using a piano are as follows:

  1. Use the wipes provided by the department to wipe down the keys and commonly touched areas around the keyboard and music desk.
  2. Discard the used wipe — There are trash bins placed near the CPE stations.
  3. Sanitize your hands.
  4. For your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others, repeat steps 1-3 once you are finished using the piano.

Private Lessons

Applied Registration Forms

Students will not use printed Applied Registration forms for MUSC 100-106. Please contact the instructor of the class if you are interested in taking lessons to get registered, and use the online registration form found at https://music.unc.edu/register-for-applied-lessons/.

Lesson Format

Please check with your individual instructor about the format and safety precautions being made for your individual lessons.

For all in-person lessons, students and faculty will be masked at all times. Some lessons may be held in the Department’s new lesson hub and pod system, which will connect student and teacher with high-quality, low-latency audio and video. Wind and brass players and vocalists may remove their masks when playing or singing when alone in one of the designated rooms of the pod system for lessons. Some lessons may be fully remote. We ask that students wear a mask, even when alone in these spaces, when they are talking, listening, or resting between playing sessions.

Brass players will also be asked to use disposable absorbent pads beneath their playing area to collect spit, water, and condensation. These will be available outside of rehearsal and lesson spaces.

Ensembles (i.e. Class Meetings)

Please check individual ensembles pages here for audition and rehearsal information. Some ensembles may hold virtual auditions and have modified rehearsals, including outdoor rehearsals, chamber music, and the use of multiple rehearsal spaces connected with low-latency, high-quality audio.

Wind and brass players and vocalists may remove their masks when alone in one of the designated rooms of the pod system during ensemble rehearsals. We ask that students wear a mask, even when alone in these spaces, when they are talking, listening, or resting between playing sessions. (For vaccinated student exemptions, see above.)

Printed Materials

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Department will avoid using printed materials as much as possible. Syllabi, course materials, programs, etc. will be released in digital format whenever appropriate.

Music Library

The Music Library will be open Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

The Library staff invite you to contact them if you have any questions at musiclibraryinfo@unc.edu. You can find detailed information about the Music Library’s resources at https://library.unc.edu/music/.