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To view the general guidelines and latest updates for the University, please visit carolinatogether.unc.edu.

Updated on August 7, 2020: 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 out to students and faculty via email and social media.

General Guidelines

The Department of Music is prioritizing the health and safety of our community in all of our plans for the Fall 2020 academic semester. To do this, we are following university protocols and guideline principles as well as those recommended by the Performing Arts Aerosol Study whose recommendations will be released in stages.

Masks

We require that everyone wear masks inside our buildings and during classes, lessons, and rehearsals held outside (even while playing and rehearsing) no matter the day, time, or location; the only exemption being for brass, voice, and woodwind students in a designated pod in Kenan or Hill or in a practice room in Hill.

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 and Classroom Cleaning

All spaces in the department (classrooms, rehearsals spaces, offices, practice rooms) have been measured for six-feet distancing; classes, for example, that will meet face to face will meet in spaces where students will be distanced six feet from each other and the professor. 

We are also developing a plan for students and faculty to follow in regards to sanitizing their individual space before and after each class period, rehearsal, and practice session. Please check back for instructions before the first day of class.

Traffic Patterns

To consistently ensure distancing of six feet or more, there are new traffic patterns in each of our buildings. Please follow all directional signage to keep the hallways one way. Please note that it will likely be necessary to factor in additional time when traveling to classes, rehearsals, and lessons due to these traffic patterns.

What to Do When Symptoms Appear

Before leaving home for classes each day, all students, faculty, and staff should check for symptoms using the COVID-19 screening checklist. Anyone who is experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on the screening checklist must not go to class or work and should contact their health care provider. Students who develop symptoms or feel sick should visit Campus Health. You can view their COVID-19 resources here.

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

Testing and Tracing

If a member of the Carolina  community – including students, faculty, and staff – tests positive for COVID-19, the university will follow standard  contact tracing  protocols to identify and communicate directly  with those who had close contact with the individual. For information on university protocols for contact tracing for students and employees, please visit here.

Performance Considerations

All of the Department’s ensembles and private lessons will follow the best practices as outlined in the recent Performing Arts Aerosol Study. Those preliminary results can be found here, and the summary of the results can be found here.

Students and faculty will be masked at all times. Wind players, brass players, and vocalists have permission to be unmasked while playing when alone in their assigned practice room or one of the designated department pods for lessons or rehearsals. Even when alone, we ask that students mask themselves when not actively playing their instrument (during breaks, when listening to instructions, talking, etc.) Students are required to follow the Pod & Practice Room Safety Protocol posted on Pod-connected room doors and practice room doors.

Please Note: The Provost’s approval for unmasked instruction of brass, voice, and woodwind playing does not extend beyond the pod system or Hill Hall and Kenan Music Building.

Music Stands

No music stands will be available in the music buildings, so please bring your own stand to campus. Any stand, including wire ones, will be fine. Stands can be purchased in local music stores or online, and the UNC Bookstore will also stock them.

Practice Room Guidelines

Scheduling

Practice rooms will only be available by scheduling through your instrument area head. For students who are in an ensemble but not taking lessons, the ensemble directors will reach out to the appropriate area heads to make sure ensemble players are also included in this scheduling.

All practice room sessions will include either a 30-minute or 1-hour buffer between students. See the Practice Room Safety Protocol postings.

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 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.

See the Practice Room Safety Protocol postings.

Personal Protective Equipment

When using practice rooms, students must be masked at all times. Brass/wind players and vocalists may remove their masks when playing only.

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 this Fall. Please contact the instructor of the class if you are interested in taking lessons to get registered.

Lesson Format

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

Many lessons for wind players and vocalists will be held in larger spaces than typical (e.g., classrooms) or outside. Some lessons will 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.

For in-person lessons, students and faculty will be masked at all times.
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.

See the Pod Safety Protocol postings.

Please Note: The Provost’s approval for unmasked instruction of brass, voice, and woodwind playing does not extend beyond the pod system or Hill Hall and Kenan Music Building.

Ensembles

Please check individual ensembles pages at https://music.unc.edu/undergraduate/ensembles/ for audition and rehearsal information. Many ensembles will hold virtual auditions this fall and have modified rehearsals, including outdoor rehearsals, chamber music, and the use of multiple rehearsal spaces connected with low-latency, high-quality audio to allow for ensemble music with appropriate social distancing.

Students and faculty will be masked at all times. Percussionists are asked to provide their own sticks and mallets. Wind and brass players and vocalists may remove their masks when alone in one of the designated rooms of the pod system for lessons We ask that students wear a mask, even when alone in these spaces, when they are talking, listening, or resting between playing sessions.

See the Pod Safety Protocol postings.

Fall Performances

There will be no live audiences for performances this semester, Fall 2020. All performances will be live-streamed and/or recorded and posted on the department YouTube channel at the designated times found on our events calendar, here.

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 (and other branch libraries) will remain closed this fall.

Library materials can be requested through the catalog. We have made many more types of materials available to check out this way, so that in addition to books and scores you can request composers’ collected works, serials, reference books and sound and video recordings. Look for the Request button in the item’s catalog record.

For now, requested items must be picked up at Davis (or Health Sciences) Library. No delivery to Campus Boxes at this point.

Patrons going inside Davis (or the Health Sciences Library) must wear a mask. Patrons who want to study there must reserve a seat, which they can use for up to 2 hours/day. Public access to Davis is only on floors one and two.

You can return all materials to Davis (or HSL) at their Service Desk inside (see link for their adjusted hours), the book return drop at the Davis exit or, starting next week, at the book return bin near the ATMs behind Davis.

The Undergraduate Library is being repurposed as an extension of Lenoir Dining Hall.

You can find detailed information about the Music Library’s operations this fall at https://library.unc.edu/music/.