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SFA COVID Return to School Policies

The SFA School of Music is working to return to full in-person delivery as soon as possible, but we must prioritize the health and safety of the students, faculty, administration, and staff. The following guidelines and delivery mechanisms are subject to change based on safety, laws, and common sense. Additional guidelines may be requested by faculty members depending on their personal safety standards. Any additional request will be found in the respective course syllabus. Be prepared to be flexible.

  • General Practices (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      General Practice

    • Students exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms or who receive a positive COVID-19 test will not be allowed in the Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building. There can be no exception to this policy. Likewise, anyone who is notified of COVID-19 contact will not be allowed in the Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building. Face-to-Face activities will resume only after a quarantine period has lapsed or a negative test result is demonstrated.
    • All students are encouraged to purchase their own thermometer to keep track of any COVID-19 symptoms. Students exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to complete the self-reporting form available on your mySFA home page.
    • Students should have their own supply of disposable personal masks or at least 5 cloth masks that should be laundered regularly, mouthpiece sanitizer spray, and hand sanitizer.
    • The sharing of printed music, mouthpieces, instruments, sticks, mallets, small percussion instruments, especially hand held, etc., should be avoided or kept to a minimum.

      The Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building

    • In accordance with SFA policy, a CDC approved masks must be worn at all times inside the Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
    • Access to the Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building classroom and rehearsal spaces will be restricted on a scheduled basis. Classrooms, rehearsal halls and performance halls will not be available for use after hours unless a faculty member is involved. Due to social distancing and sanitation procedures, there will be NO after hours student group or Greek life activities allowed for the Fall 2020 semester.
    • The HVAC system in the Tom and Peggy Wright School of Music is equipped with a Sterile Aire UV A,B, and most importantly, C lighting system for air handling sterilization.
    • Social Distancing Protocols should be observed in all School of Music common areas. These include - 6ft distance from individuals, face mask use.
    • Occupation of the School of Music common area is limited to the number of people who can social distance to the standard of 6 feet. There should be NO FUNDRAISING EVENTS held in the School of Music common area. Student groups should look for alternative outdoor sites for these events.

      Live Performances

    • Senior Recitals may be performed with the audience limited to the recital committee, area faculty, and no more than 10 guests. Students may livestream the recital for any studio attendance requirements. Students are encouraged to use Facebook or YouTube live for their performance streaming.
    • There will be no large ensemble live music performances in the Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building due to stage and audience size restrictions. Performances may be scheduled in one of the outdoor venues on campus utilizing social distancing guidelines. Live Streamed concerts can be performed in music building venues without an audience present in consultation with the SFA Sound Recording Services area. Please keep in mind the limitations of the fixed microphones and cameras in both performance halls in addition to the available SRS crew.
    • Any off campus performances should adhere to the social distancing guidelines recommended by the university.
    • Non-degree recitals and chamber ensemble performances should be performed in a Live Streamed setting without a live audience.

      Practice Rooms

    • It is recommended that students consider practicing outside when possible.
    • Please remember that this is a shared space.
    • Access to the Practice Rooms will be monitored through a signup sheet posted on all practice room doors. Students will sign in and out with their own writing utensil after confirming the room has had the recommended 30 minute air recycling period.
    • Practice sessions should be limited to no more than one hour.
    • All Practice Room doors should be propped open when not in use.
    • Students are expected to sanitize their practice room upon entry. Please do not remove sanitizing materials from the assigned practice room.
    • The upstairs practice room area may be reserved for those students taking online applied lessons to facilitate optimum wi-fi access.
    • If possible, wear a mask when practicing.
  • Classroom Practices (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Music Studies Classes

    • With the exception of select Online courses (featuring only asynchronous content), the vast majority of music studies classes will be taught in a hybrid format this fall. “Hybrid” means that the course will involve one of the following pairs of delivery methods selected by the instructor:
      • Face-to-Face + Livestream
      • Face-to-Face + (Asynchronous) Online
      • Livestream + (Asynchronous) Online
    • All three hybrid variants rely heavily on technology. This means…
      • Students need to have access to a computer and/or tablet with a large enough screen to comfortably engage with the material and a strong, reliable internet connection.
      • Students taking a course with a livestream component need to have a webcam (either built into the device or connected as a peripheral).
      • All students MUST regularly check their SFA email and regularly log in to Brightspace to check announcements.
    • Individual instructors are responsible for contacting their students before the first day of class to specify the specific type of hybrid and to provide instructions for accessing the first day of class.
      • Livestream will be conducted via Zoom. Your instructor will provide the meeting invitation and password either via e-mail or as an announcement in Brightspace. Please read SFA’s “Student Guide for Zoom” and install the software on your device prior to the first day of class.
        http://www.sfasu.edu/life-at-sfa/health-safety/health-clinic/coronavirus/students/student-guide-for-zoom
      • Some classes including a face-to-face component will be divided into smaller subsections, with different students attending class in person on different days of the week. Following the instructions provided is important to make sure that social distancing procedures can be followed.

      Music Education Classes

    • MUSI 3351 (Music for Children): will meet face-to-face in a classroom that will safely accommodate the number of students in the class.
    • Students are requested to take their temperature before leaving their residence in the morning. Before class begins, students’ temperature will be taken again. Face masks are required, and each student will have a face shield provided. Students will be asked to bring their own hand sanitizer to class when playing percussion instruments. Instruments will be sanitized after each use.
    • Secondary Music Education classes: follow the protocol provided by your instructor
    • SEED classes (including internship) will follow the protocol provided by those instructors.

      Class Piano

    • Face-to-Face group piano classes will rotate students so the labs are limited to 50% capacity in order to maintain social distancing.
    • Class Piano students will be required to wear a CDC approved face mask at all times in the piano labs both for class meetings and practice.
    • Students will be required to sanitize all contact points (keyboard, control panel, and bench) upon entry to the lab.
    • Headphones have been removed from the piano lab for sanitary purposes. Students will be required to bring in their OWN headphones for use in the lab for class meetings and practice. The headphones should either have a ¼-inch plug or an ⅛-inch plug with a ¼-inch adapter to work properly with the piano labs. If students forget to bring in headphones, the instructor can NOT provide one.
    • All group piano classes are offered in a hybrid format with a significant online component (Face-to-Face/Online or Livestream/Online). Check with your instructor on which method of learning is offered for your class piano section.
    • For students who can not or choose not to utilize the pianos in the practice rooms or piano labs, they are required to have access to either a digital piano keyboard or acoustic piano for practice and to record assignments and quizzes. These keyboards should be comparable to the digital pianos found in the piano labs and practice rooms (88 touch-sensitive keys with weighted action is recommended. 61 keys is required). Below is a list of recommended keyboards under $1000.

      Instrumental Conducting (Anglley and Kaatz sections)

      Each section will be split in half, with each group alternating between face-to-face and livestream attendance per a schedule provided by the instructors. Face masks will be required at all times except when playing. Students are required to sit in the socially distanced setup specified by the instructor. Before the beginning of class, each student is responsible for cleaning their chair and music stand. A 5-minute break will be taken every 30 minutes and/or classes will be shortened to facilitate proper circulation of aerosols.

  • Instrumental Ensembles (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Concert Bands and The Lumberjack Marching Band

      Details regarding auditions and band placements have been posted on the School of Music website at this location: https://music.sfasu.edu/divisions.php?link=bandauditions

    • All rehearsals will take place in large tents outdoors at one of two locations:
      1. The parking area between the SoM and Boynton Buildings on the east side of the SoM.
      2. The Free Speech area between the SoM and the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
    • All students are required to wear masks at all times when not playing their instrument. This includes any time during rehearsal when the conductor is working with individuals or sections.
    • Students are required to maintain a distance of six feet between themselves and others on the way to and from rehearsals. Social distance rules will apply during rehearsal as well. There may be some modifications to the recommended social distancing protocols depending on a specific instrument. Chairs and stands will be provided and will be sanitized daily.
    • Every brass player will need to provide a towel to handle emptying spit/condensation from their horns. The towel must be placed over the spit valve before the valve is opened. Towels cannot be shared and the responsibility to clean the towels regularly rests with the student. Mouthpiece buzzing is strictly prohibited.
    • All brass players and oboists are required to have bell covers. If you are in LMB, consult the handbook posted on D2L or your section leadership, otherwise speak to your applied teacher for recommendations.
    • All woodwind players must gently and cautiously swab their instruments out, as pulling a swab vigorously through an instrument releases aerosols into the air. Woodwind players are responsible for cleaning swabs regularly.
    • Flute players will be required to provide a Win-D-Fender for their instruments. The Band Department will provide additional flute/piccolo shields.
    • As we are planning no formal concerts this semester, concert dress will not be necessary
    • During concert band and LMB rehearsals, a 5-minute breaks will be taken every 30 minutes to allow for dispersal of aerosols

    • While some of these measures may appear to be quite extreme, they are all designed to keep us safe. This semester will be challenging, but if we all adhere to the safety measures, we can achieve a semblance of normalcy.

    • The Lumberjack Marching Band will be organized into two separate ensembles of equal instrumentation. The two smaller groups will alternate rehearsals and games to accommodate social distancing both on the field and in the stands at Homer Bryce Stadium. Students will be required to wear facemasks entering and exiting rehearsals and anytime they are not playing their instrument. Brass students will also be required to provide and use bell covers in rehearsals. The LMB will provide black bell covers for performance. More information to come. Piccolo students will be provided one plastic shield for the season.

      The Swingin’ Axes & Aces Jazz Ensembles

      As long as the university and/or School of Music remains open, safety precautions taken for jazz rehearsals will include the following: (These precautions are subject to change as new research is reported.)

    • The SFA Swingin’ Axes and Aces and/or Jazz Combos intend to meet “in person” for the fall 2020 semester. Participation will not require an audition. As part of our response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, anyone who would like to be a part of jazz and is proficient on any instrument may simply sign up; even those “new” to jazz are invited to join. Students will be organized into smaller collaborative combo groups. Face to face rehearsals of each group will be rotated. Individual practice and outside sectionals will be required. Students may participate in a variety of ways including rehearsals, virtual coaching sessions, practice sessions, recordings, and listening assignments. For non-traditional jazz students, the instructors and individual students will collaborate on a plan of study.
    • The securing of two large indoor rehearsal spaces as well as outdoor tents, ensure that there is adequate space for proper distancing measures.
    • All ensembles and sectionals that include aerosol-producing instruments will meet for a maximum of thirty minutes as a group. Groups may rotate among available rehearsal spaces, but indoor spaces will need a vacancy period of thirty minutes before being used again. Outdoor spaces need a vacancy of five minutes.
    • Players should be spaced at least 12 feet apart.
    • All on and off campus performances have been suspended for the semester. Digital performances are a possibility.
    • Players of instruments that create aerosols are required to use a bell mask.
    • Face masks must be used at all times unless a player is playing. At that point, the player may move the face mask to the chin, taking care to not touch the face.
    • Instrument specific ensembles (Trombone Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, etc.) may be organized into smaller groups, or through a scheduled rehearsal rotation

      Chamber Ensembles

      As long as the university and/or School of Music remains open, safety precautions taken for Instrumental Ensemble rehearsals will include the following: (These precautions are subject to change as new research is reported.)

      The Trombone Ensemble

    • The SFA Trombone Choir intends to meet “in person” for the fall 2020 semester. Participation will not require an audition. As part of our response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, anyone who would like to be a part of the trombone choir and played the instrument in high school is invited to join. Students will be organized into smaller collaborative groups by ability. Face to face rehearsals of each group will be rotated. Individual practice and outside sectionals will be required. The securing of one large indoor rehearsal space two times each week (M121, Mondays 1-1:30 pm and Fridays 2-2:30 pm) as well as outdoor tents, ensure that there is adequate time and space for proper distancing measures.
    • All ensembles and sectionals will meet for a maximum of thirty minutes as a group.
    • Players should be spaced at least 12 feet apart in a straight line facing the same direction when playing indoors. If outdoors, players should be spaced 9 feet apart in a straight line facing the same direction, facing the wind/breeze.
    • All on and off campus performances have been suspended for the semester. Digital performances are a possibility.

      Strings

    • The SFA Symphony Orchestra will be performing repertoire that is either string only repertoire or chamber sized with smaller wind sections. Personnel will rotate for given pieces to accommodate social distancing guidelines. String auditions will be held in person on August 22 and 23; students are required to wear a CDC approved mask. Wind auditions will be submitted digitally and will be due by August 23.
  • Applied Brass & Percussion (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Applied Brass & Percussion

    • Students exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms in the week preceding their assigned lesson time or who receive a positive COVID-19 test will not be given a Face-to-Face lesson. Likewise, anyone who is notified of COVID-19 contact will not be given Face-to-Face lessons. Lessons may be given through an online or asynchronous method dependent on the students health. Face-to-Face lessons will resume only after a quarantine period has lapsed or a negative test result is demonstrated.
    • A CDC-approved face mask will be worn when entering and exiting studios as well as during non-playing segments of lessons.
    • All brass students are required to have and use their own personal bell cover to use whenever playing inside a building or outside while on campus. These are proven to reduce aerosol disbursement. Students should wash these and keep them clean.
    • Each student will be required to ensure safety for others when emptying condensation that occurs during playing their instrument(s). It is suggested that an easily transported container with a lid (Tupperware-like), or something similar, be used for indoor playing. The container should use paper towels with a disinfectant such as hydrogen peroxide poured in the container. The paper towels should be thrown away safely each day. Outdoor condensation may be emptied on the ground, taking care to minimize aerosols.
    • Mouthpiece buzzing is strictly prohibited in all areas of the building.
    • Percussionists must wear a CDC-approved face mask at all times: when entering/exiting practice and rehearsal rooms, in rehearsals/concerts/practice rooms, while moving equipment, and while setting up equipment.
    • Percussionists are NOT to share any personal mallets/sticks. Any university-supplied, shared mallets (bass drum mallets, gong mallets, etc.) are to be wiped off with disinfectant after each person’s use of that mallet. Any university-supplied, shared small accessory percussion instruments (triangles, tambourines, etc.) are to be wiped off with disinfectant after each person’s use of that instrument.
    • Wooden instruments (marimbas and xylophones) and instruments with natural skins (congas and bass drums) should not be cleaned with anything as chemicals and disinfectants will damage these instruments.
  • Applied Woodwinds (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Applied Woodwinds

    • Students exhibiting any of the COVID-19 symptoms in the week preceding their assigned lesson time or who receive a positive COVID-19 test will not be given a Face-to-Face lesson. Likewise, anyone who is notified of COVID-19 contact will not be given Face-to-Face lessons. Lessons may be given through an online or asynchronous method dependent on the students health. Face-to-Face lessons will resume only after a quarantine period has lapsed or a negative test result is demonstrated.
    • A CDC approved face mask will be worn when entering and exiting studios as well as during non-playing segments of lessons.
    • Each student will be required to use their own personal music stand for all lessons, rehearsals, practice sessions, performances, etc.
    • All flute students taking Face-to-Face lessons require the use of a win-d-fender and a flute shield.
    • Oboes must use a bell cover when playing in an ensemble (indoor or outdoor), F2F lessons, or in a practice room.
    • The Reed Room will remain closed during the fall semester. Please contact Dr. Held or Dr. Fay for assistance with any specialized equipment.
    • Sharing reeds is strictly prohibited.
    • If/when assigned to family reed instruments (English horn, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, etc.) the student is expected to provide and manage their own reeds. Sharing is not permitted.
  • Applied Piano & Keyboard (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Applied Piano & Keyboard

    • Access to the piano practice room will be on a strictly monitored scheduled basis in order to maintain a 50% capacity.
    • Students are required to sanitize all contact points (keys, lid, bench) upon entry and before exiting. Please build this into your practice session.
    • Upon exiting, the door to every practice room should be propped open for at least 30 minutes to allow for adequate air circulation.
    • It is required that all pianists wear a CDC approved face mask at all times.
    • Piano sanitization procedures should be followed for all piano use. This includes the pianos located in the performance halls and rehearsal rooms.
    • Collaborative Piano applied lessons will be held Face-to-Face utilizing social distancing procedures.
    • Vocal Coaching sessions and rehearsal with instrumentalists will be held in a performance hall or classroom space. Social distancing procedures between the soloist and collaborative pianist are required at all times.
  • Composition (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Composition

    • Composition lessons will be done remotely through Zoom. Composition students will need a well-configured computer with notation software (Finale/Sibelius/Dorico) and a very strong internet connection.
    • We will likely have a mixture of in-person and Zoom meetings for our weekly studio class. The composition studio is small enough that we may be able to safely distance from each other in a classroom. When that is not possible, we will meet over Zoom. We will keep you posted from week to week to let everyone know what we are planning.
    • The composition lab will be closed until conditions change to make it safe for us to operate it. Those with a particular need to use that facility should talk to their applied teacher and we’ll evaluate each situation on a case-by-case basis. As soon as we can safely reopen it to general use, be assured that we will.
  • Applied Voice (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Applied Voice

    • Students exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or who receive a positive COVID-19 test result will not be allowed in the Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building. There can be no exception to this policy. Likewise, anyone who is notified of COVID-19 contact will not be allowed in the Tom & Peggy Wright Music Building. Face-to-face activities will resume only after a quarantine period has lapsed or a negative test result is demonstrated.
    • Face-to-face lessons will meet in the studio teacher’s office or possibly in a larger room when available. Individual teachers may teach some lessons via Zoom or FaceTime as warranted by particular circumstances.
    • All students are encouraged to purchase their own thermometers to keep track of COVID-19 symptoms. (Do not share thermometers!) Students exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to complete the self-reporting form available on your mySFA home page.
    • CDC-approved face masks will be worn in the appropriate manner when entering and exiting the teaching studio as well as during non-singing portions of lessons. Individual teachers may require wearing of masks during singing as well when warranted by particular circumstances.
    • All teaching studios will be equipped with HEPA-filter air purifiers.
    • Students must sanitize hands upon entry and exit from the studio. Appropriate social distancing will be practiced within the studio or other teaching area.
    • Music stands and other high-touch surfaces will be sanitized before and after every lesson.
    • Students should sanitize practice room surfaces upon entry and exit.
    • In studio class (small seminar) and collective seminar, masks will be worn without exception and appropriate social distancing will be practiced. Any desks, chairs, or other surfaces touched will be sanitized upon entry and exit of seminar room. Students will be responsible for sanitizing their own areas.
    • Students should provide their own:
      • Face masks (reusable/disposable)
      • Appropriate materials/equipment for sanitizing hands and surfaces
    • Each student should consult with her/his voice teacher for specific studio enhancements to these guidelines.
    • Opera Ensemble:

      This class will meet face to face on Monday and Wednesday in the Choir Room. The students will be spaced 6 feet apart during class activities (10 feet apart when singing wearing masks (student responsibility), and face shields provided in collaboration with Dr. Dan Bruton in the Physics Department. Indoor rehearsals will be shortened to 30 minutes at a time and before and after rehearsal, the room will be sterilized and disinfected with room foggers. To provide further flexibility, faculty members are in the process of identifying additional indoor and outdoor large rehearsal spaces. Chairs will rarely be used.

    • Opera Workshop:

      This class will meet face to face on Tuesday and Thursday on the Cole Concert Hall Stage. The students will be spaced 6 feet apart during class activities (10 feet apart when singing wearing masks (student responsibility), and face shields provided in collaboration with Dr. Dan Bruton in the Physics Department. Indoor rehearsals will be shortened to 30 minutes at a time and before and after rehearsal, the room will be sterilized and disinfected with room foggers. To provide further flexibility, faculty members are in the process of identifying additional indoor and outdoor large rehearsal spaces. Chairs will rarely be used.

    • Conducting I:

      This practicum class of under 20 will be spaced 10 feet apart; wearing masks (student responsibility) and face shields (student responsibility) will be required. Each student will be assigned their own personal music stand. Each student will be responsible for retrieving their assigned music stand from a locked room, cleaning the music stand, and putting the music stand away. Indoor class meetings will be shortened to 30 minutes at a time and before and after rehearsal the room will be sterilized and disinfected with room foggers. When conditions are favorable, class will occur or continue under a tent provided.

    • French Diction:

      Both sections will be divided into two groups each. One group (half of the students) will meet on Tuesdays and the other group will meet on Thursdays in order to facilitate appropriate physical distancing. The remainder of the instruction will be delivered online asynchronously.
      Masks will be mandatory. All touched surfaces will be sanitized before and after class by students.

    • Italian Diction (Dr. Fish’s section):

      Class will be held in the Band Hall. The students will not use chairs or stands; students will sit on the floor.
      Students will be provided with these materials:

      • 9X12 portable dry erase board
      • One dry erase marker
      • One eraser
    • Students will show their work on the whiteboards. All written assignments will be received and returned electronically. Performance quizzes and tests will take place outdoors (weather permitting). Class will use Zoom performance quizzes and tests as a last resort.
      Dr. Fish will also create some diction demonstrations for student practice on D2L

    • Italian Diction (Dr. Turner’s section):

      Class will be a combination of face-to-face and asynchronous online instruction. Assignments, tests, exams etc. will be online. One class meeting each week will be face-to-face, focusing primarily on the International Phonetic Alphabet, correct pronunciation of the sounds, and application to various texts; the other class “meeting” will be online (asynchronous) and will provide instruction, exercises, and assignments through D2L.

    • Vocal Pedagogy:

      This class will meet face-to-face in the Music Recital Hall in order to make appropriate physical distancing possible. Appropriately worn facial masks will be mandatory. All touched surfaces will be sanitized before and after class by students.

  • Choral Ensembles (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Choral Ensembles

    • A Cappella Choir: By audition. This large group of 48 singers will be split into three smaller sections of 16 singers. Face to face rehearsals will occur Monday-Thursday. Singers are requested to take their temperature before leaving their residence in the morning. Before rehearsal begins, students’ temperature will be taken again. The singers will be spaced 10 feet apart; wearing masks (student responsibility) and face shields (student responsibility) provided in collaboration with Dr. Dan Bruton in the Physics Department will be required. Indoor rehearsals will be shortened to 30 minutes at a time and before and after rehearsal, the room will be sterilized and disinfected with room foggers. When conditions are favorable, rehearsals will continue or occur under a tent provided. To provide further flexibility, faculty members are in the process of identifying additional indoor and outdoor large rehearsal spaces.
    • Chamber Singers: By audition. This chamber group of 20 singers will have face to face rehearsals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Singers are requested to take their temperature before leaving their residence in the morning. Before rehearsal begins, students’ temperature will be taken again. The singers will be spaced 10 feet apart; wearing masks (student responsibility) and face shields (student responsibility) provided in collaboration with Dr. Dan Bruton in the Physics Department will be required. Indoor rehearsals will be shortened to 30 minutes at a time and before and after rehearsal, the room will be sterilized and disinfected with room foggers. When conditions are favorable, rehearsals will continue or occur under a tent provided. To provide further flexibility, faculty members are in the process of identifying additional indoor and outdoor large rehearsal spaces.
    • Kantorei (treble choir) and The Singing Axes (tenor bass choir): These groups will utilize a hybrid of indoor and outdoor rehearsals. Kantorei will be split into two separate, balanced ensembles: Kantorei Purple and Kantorei White. Dr. Fish and a graduate student will share teaching responsibilities of these choirs. The two groups, KP and KW, will sing separate literature.
      The Singing Axes will also be split into two balanced ensembles, but will rehearse together once every two weeks, as they will not be singing separate repertoire. All singers will wear masks and face shields, unless the singers have purchased the “Singer’s Resonance Mask” which is not conducive for shields. Singers will be physically distanced nine to ten feet apart. Chairs will not be used. Rehearsals will be shortened and a portable fogger will be used to sanitize Kennedy Auditorium or Cole Hall for indoor rehearsals.
    • To provide further flexibility, faculty members are in the process of identifying additional indoor and outdoor large rehearsal spaces.
  • Sound Recording Technology (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      Sound Recording Technology

    • Only students who have been scheduled to use the studio can be present. We will be running and monitoring a strict schedule. No one can just show up to the studio. Tracking room will be limited to no more than 6 individuals depending on instrumentation. We are still trying to determine if we can safely have multiple wind players. Vocalists will have to use the new “Vocal/Mixing Room.” No one can be in the same room with a vocalist performing. We are coming up with plans for decontamination but it will greatly depend on available resources and staff.
    • Ultimately, unless we can have the cleaning resources and staff power to adequately clean the studio after use, we will have to limit the studio to the tracking of one individual at a time – no groups. Not ideal but Jim and I will have extremely packed schedules and cannot be the one solely responsible for cleaning the facility. We will, in theory, have lab workers but we will need to make sure we have approval for them to take on the role of cleaning the facility.
    • All SRT majors will be scheduled lab times. No one will be able to just show up to the lab. This will help us limit the number of students in the lab during lab hours, know exactly who is in there, and be able to contribute to contact tracing if necessary.
    • No singing in the lab. We have the vocal booth but it exhausts into the lab room. We cannot allow vocalist in the booth at this time as it will not be safe for those in the lab.
    • Masks are required at all times even if the student is alone in the control room. Vocalists can remove their mask when tracking in the vocal room by themselves. We are still working on what to do about wind players in the studio.
    • Microphones are never allowed to be checked out of the SRT facilities without being accompanied by an SRT faculty member.
    • Microphone cleaning: I am researching a UV light box that may work for disinfecting the microphones after use.
    • The SRT seniors in Studio Ops will be running the studio. They will be adequately trained on the use and cleaning of all studio equipment.
    • All SRT majors are required to personally have a basic set of mics, interface, and computer.
  • SFA Music Prep (The preceding link only toggles the on-screen display)

      SFA Music Prep

    • SFA Music Prep will require masks to enter the building, while receiving lessons and moving throughout the facility.
    • Only one parent(adult) will be allowed to accompany the student inside the building, no siblings or other family members will be allowed in the building.
    • Everyone entering the building will be required to sanitize their hands, hand sanitizer will be available in the main entrance.
    • Every studio will have hand sanitizer available to be used during and after the lesson.
    • Social Distancing Protocols should be observed in Music prep’s waiting areas. These include - 6ft distance from individuals, face mask use.