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Department of Music COVID-19 Guidelines

Applied Lessons

  • Violin/Viola, Guitar, Piano lessons will take place in-person. Instructor and student must be a minimum 9 feet apart. For each 1 hour lesson there must be 15 mins room vacancy in between lessons. Masking at all times. Lessons will take place in 100, 105, 217, 219, classroom.
  • Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium lessons will take place in person. Instructor and student must be a minimum 15 feet apart. Brass players should use a bell cover. PRH and AJ chapel will be used exclusively for all in person wind/brass lessons. For each l hour lesson there must be 30 minute room vacancy in between lessons. Masking at all times except when playing. Wind/Brass students must use a puppy pad or large towel to catch spit and discard. Outdoor lessons when weather permits are encouraged. 
  • All voice lessons will be held remotely. For students taking voice lessons from campus, the voice studio and PMC 206 are being held for this purpose. Voice teachers will inform you which room you should be in for your lessons. Voice students may sing in lessons without a mask. Each room must be vacated for 1 hour after each 1 hour lesson.
  • Cello, Flute, Bassoon, Percussion lessons will also be held remotely. There is a possibility (not guaranteed) that some lessons may take place in person later in the semester. For remote lessons, teachers will book the studios in which your lessons will take place. For flute and bassoon, for each 1 hour lesson there must be 1 hour of room vacancy in between lessons. For cello and percussion, for each 1 hour lesson there must be 15 min room vacancy between lessons.
  • Applied instructors should book two rooms to best utilize time (i.e. first hour of lessons in PRH and second hour of lessons in classroom to allow for rotation and room vacancy) • 
  • Any student who needs to take lessons remotely will be accommodated.

Calendar

  • Fall 2020 classes will begin on Thursday August 20 and end on Friday December 4.
  • In-person instruction will end before Thanksgiving on Tuesday November 24.
  • The week after Thanksgiving (11/30-12/4) will be remote instruction. There will be no finals week. In that last week of remote instruction, instructors can finish lessons and classes, give final exams during regular class time (e.g. juries), and have final projects due.

Chamber Music

  • Chamber music will be offered in-person for strings and piano only.
  • Students must book rehearsal spaces where 6 feet social distancing is possible between each student. Available rooms include PMC 100 (2 people, depending on piano set up), 101 (2-3 people), 217 (up to 4), 219 (2-3), classroom (4-6 people), PRH (4-6 people).
  • 2 hour rehearsals must be followed by 30 min room vacancy.
  • Masks on at all times during rehearsal.
  • Chamber coaching will take place in the classroom, PRH, AJ Chapel or Tavilla Conference room. Masks on at all times.

Class Delivery Methods

  • Most music classes will be offered in-person digital live. Depending on class size and location, you may be in person, or you may rotate between in person and digital live instruction. This allows for students who opt for completely remote-learning or who cannot come to class for health reasons to still be present in class remotely.
  • Some music classes will be taught completely online synchronously (e.g. Advanced conducting 1st quad, Vocal Diction)
  • No music classes are being taught online asynchronously, but special considerations may be made for international students studying remotely.
  • Music majors who are studying remotely for the entire Fall 2020 semester will be able to progress in the music program and every effort will be made to accommodate these students.

Singing in Class 

  • All singing in class must be with masks on. Whenever possible humming should replace singing.
  • Whenever possible, individual singing assignments should be submitted as video recordings. E.g. musicianship will involve a combination of both live and pre-submitted virtual performances (to be viewed together in class), depending upon the student’s instrument
  • Group singing must follow the same protocol as applies to choral ensembles. Singers must be a minimum of 12 feet apart. No more than 6-8 singers in PRH. 30 minutes of sustained singing must be followed by 30 minutes of room vacancy. So, if there is a class following yours, you must finish your class early in order to allow for a full 30 minutes of room vacancy.

Collaborative Pianist Sessions 

  • No 1 hour long collaborative pianist sessions will be offered
  • Strings will rehearse in the collaborative pianist’s studios. Pianist and student must be a minimum of 9 feet apart. Masks on at all times. For each 30 mins of rehearsal, 15 minutes of room vacancy.
  • Voice/wind collaborative rehearsals will be in PMC 109 or PRH only. Pianist and student must be a minimum of 15 feet apart. For each 30 minute session, 30 minute of room vacancy. Masks on at all time, including while singing.
  • CPs may alternate in person and remote rehearsals or alternate between rooms for scheduling reasons.
  • Students who are completely remote for the Fall semester are not required to sign up for a CP package.

Diagnostic Exams for New Students 

  • The Music Theory diagnostic exam will be available online in a New Students module on the DOM Canvas site between August 10–16. 
  • Students who would like to test out of Piano Proficiency A may do so between August 10–16. Sign up for a time in the New Students module on the DOM Canvas site.

Ensembles: Auditions 

  • For Fall 2020 all ensemble auditions will be by video submission for new students. Details and instructions at www.gordon.edu/ensembleauditions
  • Choral auditions: any student who wishes to remain in the same choral ensemble from the Spring 2020 semester will not need to re-audition and should register for the same ensemble on my.gordon.edu. New students and returning students wishing to participate in a different choir will audition by video.
  • GSO and Symphonic band auditions: any student who was in GSO or Symphonic band in the Spring 2020 semester will not need to re-audition and should register for the instrumental ensemble they wish to participate in on my.gordon.edu. New students will audition by video.
  • Jazz Ensemble: any student who was Jazz Ensemble in the Spring 2020 will not need to re-audition and should register on my.gordon.edu. New students will audition by video.
  • Ensemble audition recordings will be accepted from August 10 to August 16. Complete the form on the above website and upload your video.

Ensembles: Choral 

  • Singers must be a minimum of 12 feet apart. No more than 6-8 singers in PRH or on the stage of AJ Chapel. If students are spread out through aisles and pews on the AJ chapel floor, up to 20 students.
  • Singers, faculty and accompanist must be masked at all time, even while singing.
  • If there is sustained singing, a 30 minute rehearsal must be followed by 30 minute room vacancy.
  • Virtual rehearsals and non-singing rehearsals that teach the interpretive and contextual aspects of ensemble collaboration and in-depth study of repertoire are encouraged.
  • Outdoor rehearsals are strongly encouraged as weather permits. For outdoor rehearsals, students must be 10 feet apart and masked at all times, even while singing.
  • Students will be given one set of sheet music to keep for the entire semester. No sharing of sheet music.
  • Students studying remotely will be able to participate in choral ensembles.

Ensembles: Instrumental 

  • Strings and percussion must be minimum 6 feet apart, masked at all time. All students must be facing forward.
  • Winds and brass must be minimum 15 feet apart, masked when not playing, in straight lines facing forward.
  • Plexi glass shields will be provided for flutes.
  • Bell covers will be provided for brass and wind instruments.
  • Spit valves should never be emptied on the floor. A puppy pad will be provided to catch spit and must be discarded after rehearsal.
  • If there is sustained playing with winds and brass, a 1 hour rehearsal must be followed by 30 minute room vacancy. If just strings, a 1 hour rehearsal must be followed by 15 minute room vacancy.
  • No more than 20 students on the AJ stage at a given time (that assumes 9 feet distance on average for strings, only 7 students can fit at 15 feet distance)
  • No more than 12 students in PRH at a given time (that assumes 12–15 feet on average)
  • Virtual rehearsals and non-playing rehearsals that teach interpretive and contextual aspects of ensemble collaboration and in-depth study of repertoire are encouraged.
  • Outdoor rehearsals are strongly encouraged as weather permits. For outdoor rehearsals, wind/brass students must be 10 feet apart, play with bell covers, masked when not playing.
  • Students will be given one set of sheet music to keep for the entire semester. No sharing of sheet music between students.
  • Students studying remotely will be able to participate in instrumental ensembles.

Juries

  • Applied instructors will individually adjudicate their own students’ applied juries this Fall. 
  • Juries will very likely be remote, unless a student completes all 12 hours of lessons before 11/24 and in agreement with his/her teacher choses to have their jury in person before leaving campus.
  • If the student is already having lessons remotely/online, then their jury will be remote.
  • Collaborative pianists will provide recordings as part of CP packages. Students without CP packages will perform juries without accompaniment with no negative effect on their grade

NAfME Collegiate Meetings 

  • These monthly meetings will occur remotely.
  • No guests will be invited to campus for Fall 2020 as there will be no in-person meetings

Pre-Practicum

  • Music Education faculty will be in touch directly with Music Education students about Pre-Practicum experiences as schools districts and DESE continue to develop plans for the Fall 2020.

Community Members 

  • Children’s Choir will be held remotely in the Fall 2020
  • Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble community members will rehearse remotely in the Fall 2020.

Ensemble Concerts 

  • Ensemble concerts in the Fall 2020 will not be performed to a live audience. They will be either live-streamed or curated virtual concerts at the discretion of each ensemble director.
  • Mixed ensemble concerts (e.g. Community of Song) may be split into separate virtual offerings by each ensemble, with the exception of the Gala which will be a curated live-stream featuring all DOM ensembles.
  • Chamber music Fall concert will be a live-streamed concert.

Graduate Workshops 

  • Graduate workshops will be held remotely in the Fall 2020.

Music Auditions and Visits 

  • Trial lessons will only happen remotely.
  • Faculty will have a choice whether they would like to meet a prospective student in person or remotely.
  • Prospective students will not be able to observe classes in person*. They will be put in touch with the faculty member and possibly current students. Faculty member may choose to provide a (very) short-video presentation of what’s covered in the class.
  • All music auditions in the Fall 2020 will be remote.

Public Events with Guest Artists 

  • Alton C. Bynum Series is cancelled for the entire 2020-2021 season.
  • Faculty Artist Series is canceled for the Fall 2020.
  • No guests will visit the campus for masterclasses or workshops during the Fall 2020.

Student Recitals 

  • Degree recitals during Fall 2020 will be live streamed—the only people present in the hall will be the student performer and their collaborative pianist*. Singers and wind players may sing/play unmasked at minimum 15 feet from the piano. The applied teacher and two adjudicators may adjudicate in person or remotely.
  • Non-degree recitals will not be offered in the Fall 2020.
  • Junior and Senior Class Recitals in the Fall 2020 will consist of student video submissions that will be compiled into a virtual concert.

* As of 7/21/20 campus policy is that visitors cannot enter residence halls or classrooms.

HVAC

  • Innovation lab has a COVID capacity of 5 students and 1 instructor (or lab monitor). Only 5 stations will be made available for the entire Fall semester.
  • Students must wipe down keyboards before and after use with alcohol wipes that will be provided.
  • The lab will be available for use during Piano Proficiency Lab and Aural Skills.
  • It will be open only at very limited hours for student use.
  • Doors should be open at all times when students are in the room.

Percussion Room in AJ 

  • Percussion students may ONLY use the percussion room if they have a reservation in 25 live
  • Percussion majors may book the percussion room for 2 consecutive hours/day. Reservation must include 30 minutes post-event time for room vacancy.
  • For percussion methods class, the percussion room can fit 4 students and 1 instructor at 9 feet of distance.
  • The percussion room will be marked so that the location of the marimba, vibraphone, snare drum and timpani are fixed. Instruments should be back moved to these locations following rehearsals and not moved from these locations during methods class or individual practice.
  • As a general rule, students should avoid directly touching the instruments. Players should avoid touching bars or drums (with the exception of the timpani).
  • Students must use their own mallets and sticks. No one should share mallets and sticks.
  • Before and after use, students should also wipe down the heads and rim of timpani, as well as drum pads with alcohol wipes. DO NOT wipe down the wood bars.
  • The Percussion room will be supplied with disinfecting spray and wipes. Students will be responsible for wiping down surfaces, music stands, chair, doorknobs, light switches before and after use.
  • Wipes must be discarded immediately into trash cans which are cleared daily by Physical Plant.

Practice Rooms: Reservations 

  • Students may ONLY use a practice room if they have a reservation in 25 live (signage on all doors will indicate this)
  • Music majors may book a room for up to 2 consecutive hours/day. Reservation must include 1 hour post-event time for room vacancy for all wind/brass/voice students. Reservation must include 30 minutes post-event time for room vacancy for strings, guitar, percussion.
  • Music minors may book a room for 1 hour/day. Reservation must include 30 minute post-event time for room vacancy for all wind/brass/voice students. Reservation must include a 15 minute post-event time for room vacancy for strings, guitar, percussion.
  • Doors must be left ajar during room vacancy.
  • Certain rooms will be set aside for on-campus students having remote lessons (e.g. Voice studio and 206).

Practice Rooms: Cleaning

  • Hand sanitizers will be provided in every practice room, and students should sanitize their hands before and after using the room.
  • Physical plant will be responsible for cleaning all high-touch surfaces in each practice room every day.
  • Students are responsible for cleaning high-touch surfaces after use.
  • Each practice room will be supplied with disinfecting spray and wipes. Students will be responsible for wiping down surfaces, music stands, chair, doorknobs, light switches before and after use.
  • Alcohol wipes will be supplied for the piano keyboards only. Students will be responsible for wiping down the keyboard before and after use. Wipes must be discarded immediately into trash cans. Students should not clean the satin black finish on any of the pianos.
  • Signage will be provided explaining cleaning procedures with a QR code linking to a video instructions.
  • There must be no food or drink in practice rooms.

Public Spaces 

  • All furniture in the public areas of the Phillips Music Center have been removed. Congregating in these public spaces is discouraged.
  • No eating is allowed in the Phillips Music Center.
  • Faculty Lounge—Faculty, staff, student workers and TAs must wipe down door handles, photocopier, and any other surface or appliances after use. Masks must be on at all time. Only 2 people can be in the lounge at any given time. The door will remain ajar during business hours.
  • Faculty and staff should eat in their offices. The Faculty lounge is not for gatherings.