Southwick Hall

Welcome to the Department of Music page.  We are here to help you understand and navigate the choices in our department for Fall, 2020.  We look forward to getting back to 100 percent in-person music-making as soon as it is permissible. This fall, however, we are basing our plans and guidelines on the most current recommendations from UVM and current public health guidelines. There may be modifications to this protocol based on the prevailing conditions and we are interested in knowing if you have any suggestions or comments.  We are dedicated to your educational experience and the safety of our community.

Academic Instruction

Classes at UVM will be provided in a range of formats including in-person, online, and a combination of the two formats to allow the University to prioritize both safety and your educational experience.

The capacity of classrooms will be reduced to allow for appropriate social distancing.

Students should be able to take a full course load; UVM expects minimal, if any, disruption to most students’ progress to a degree.

Professors and advisors are all available online and will hold regular office/call-in hours. View the faculty/staff directory.

Music Study

The epidemic presents unique challenges for music, particularly for singing and playing wind and brass instruments. It is clear that these activities produce bioaerosols at a much higher rate than standard classroom activities, and that social distancing must be much more significant than the standard six feet in order to afford adequate protection. Other significant factors are the time of each rehearsal or lesson and the times in between, since the viral load in a given enclosed space increases over time with consistent phonation.

Facilities

The Music Department is in an unusual situation this year, not just because of the current health situation. Thanks to a generous lead gift, our magnificent Recital Hall is undergoing a renovation this fall.  There is also an addition being built on the back of the building.  In the future, this acoustical jewel-box on our campus will be one of the great concert venues of its size in New England.  Meanwhile, construction will be continuing well into the fall. The Recital Hall and that wing of the building are not available as teaching spaces this semester.

We are scheduling many in-person classes and rehearsals in the Southwick Ballroom, our multi-use rehearsal and teaching theater. Other meeting rooms include both 202 and 206 Southwick, practice rooms and teaching/rehearsal studios.  Each room has been evaluated and marked for appropriate use.  There are different guidelines and use protocols for each room.  The maximum number of persons permitted in one room is determined by our facilities team. Guidelines for social distancing will vary for each class or ensemble, depending on the particular activity. There are also guidelines that pertain to singing and to particular instrument families.  

The Music building is marked with signs to control traffic in the building.  Please observe regulations for our collective safety.

What about...?

BUILDING HOURS

General building opening hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 A.M. through 10:00 P.M. Music majors, music minors, ensemble participants (MUE), and those taking private lessons (MUL) may use their CATcards for weekend access.

 

PRACTICE ROOMS

Access to the practice rooms is restricted to music majors, department ensemble participants (MUE), and students taking private lessons (MUL). Practice rooms are available by reservation only and will be monitored.  Rooms will have one hour between users to allow air to fully circulate.

Visit this page to schedule a practice room.

LESSONS

While we know that some of our students want face-to-face lessons with their teacher in the teacher’s studio each week, some music faculty and some students may elect to teach or take their lessons online. In such cases, we will support remote applied instruction. In-person lessons will happen with appropriate social distancing standards and masks/shields/plexiglass barriers. This will be our “new normal” until we have highly effective therapies or a safe and effective vaccine.

ENSEMBLES

Ensembles will function using remote platforms for planning meetings and many of the rehearsals. As there are considerations particular to string playing, wind or brass playing, percussion playing or singing, there are different standards for each group. Instrumental and vocal techniques, small group playing, recording projects and other innovations contribute to a meaningful, satisfying, and safe experience.

RECITALS

Schedule required recitals through your private music instructor in the Music Department office.  Students fulfilling Student Performance Recital requirements and Senior Recital students will have the option of presenting a live concert on-campus with no audience; or sending in recital recordings. Any live concerts/rehearsals are subject to the guidelines below pertaining to masks and equipment.
There will be no on-campus concerts with an audience. Livestreaming concert info TBA.

AUDITIONS/JURIES

For the 2020-21 school year, all Level Auditions and Area Juries will be submitted as audio/video recordings. Please read our guide for UVM students submitting recordings (PDF).

General Best Practices

Rehearsals

There must be 30 minutes between class/rehearsal/lesson meetings in each room to permit ease of transition. All present will wear masks at all times (pull up or down to drink water, if needed, or use a straw).

Students will set up, transport, and break down their own equipment, using their own portable music stands. Any department stands must be disinfected before and after use. No sheet music will be shared. Photocopies/on-line scores will be used for all music. Copies will be destroyed following performance. Recyclable cardboard folders will be used instead of reusable folders. Students will disinfect their chairs before and after each rehearsal in accordance with the Green and Gold Promise. 

Winds and brass will use masks with slit cut for mouthpieces OR cloth masks constructed to open for mouthpiece pass-through and close for full coverage. Flutes can play between mask and mouth. Wind instrumentalists will face same direction while playing, spaced at least 8 feet apart.

Percussionists must use their own set of sticks/mallets.  If percussion equipment that comes in contact with hands must be shared, gloves will be worn or the equipment will be disinfected by the student before the next student comes in contact. In cases where cleaning supplies could damage the instrument, students will thoroughly wash hands immediately before and after use and not touch their face or possibly contaminated surfaces in between.

String, wind and percussion players will be spaced at least 6 feet apart.

Singers are strongly recommended to sing outdoors as much as possible.  In- or outdoors, singers must keep a distance from each other of 10 feet, must wear masks, and must face in the same direction standing in one row only.

Lessons

Private applied lessons held in person require each person always to wear a mask and keep a physical distance.  Lesson schedules should include 10 minutes in between lessons to permit enough time to clean and pack instruments and other materials.  The larger teaching studios are recommended for all teaching.   

Students will set up, transport, and break down their own equipment, using their own portable music stands. Any department stands must be disinfected before and after use. No sheet music will be shared. Photocopies/on-line scores will be used for all music. Copies will be destroyed following performance. Recyclable cardboard folders will be used instead of reusable folders. Students will disinfect their chairs before and after each rehearsal in accordance with the Green and Gold Promise. 

Students requiring a space to play music during remote online lessons should schedule rooms through their teacher and the Department Office. Contact the office at music@uvm.edu.

Building Hours

Monday through Friday
7:00 A.M. through 10:00 P.M.

Contact Us

music@uvm.edu

(802) 656-3040