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UMSL Music Department - updates
Due to safety concerns, the UMSL Music Department is primarily online for Spring 2021. Classes and lessons are being held in a variety of synchronous and asynchronous online formats. However, the University has been working diligently to help us prepare for a limited return to campus for some of our ensemble experiences. This process has been informed by current research on the way COVID is spread among performing musicians, and has involved a great deal of issues like establishing foot-traffic patterns, determining methods to limit aerosol spread (particularly involving singing and wind instrument playing), addressing ventilation issues and air quality/cleanliness concerns, and so forth.
As such, we have been able to allow some musicians to return to campus on a limited basis. The following information details our updated policies regarding Ensembles, Practice Rooms, and Live-Streamed performances.
All music department ensembles will begin the semester virtually. Please contact your ensemble director for more details.
IMPORTANT: The University of Missouri–St. Louis requires the wearing of face coverings by all students, faculty, staff and visitors – including contractors and vendors – when entering or occupying a physical building or facility owned, operated or managed by the university.
Practice Rooms will continue to be available for percussionists in the AAB. Please continue to coordinate practice times and locations for percussion practice with Professor Matt Henry.
Practice Rooms are now available for other music majors on the fourth floor of the Music Building, by reservation only.
Eligible students can sign out a key to one of the 8 practice rooms on the fourth floor by registering online (Music Building Practice Room Reservations) and then coming to the Music Department office and picking up the key from Department Assistant, Ms. Claire Tyson. (Current office hours are 9:00 – 3:00 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.) Claire Tyson is on campus on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so if your scheduled practice time is on Tuesday or Thursday, please pick up your key a day in advance.
You can also contact Ms. Tyson via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make a reservation.
Students must be registered in either applied lessons or a Music Department ensemble prior to receiving a key.
Practice Room Reservations
Students must schedule practice time using this form: Music Building Practice Room Reservations, found on the Music Department Google Drive. (Be certain that you are signed in to your UMSL Google account, not any other personal account!)
Students may sign up for slots up to 3 hours a day, but no one may sign up for more than 3 hours in one day. There must be at least one hour between practice time slots when the practice room is not in use. Room schedules will be monitored to ensure compliance.
Students may reserve rooms up to 7 days in advance.
Specific practice rooms (listed on tabs across the bottom of the form) may be selected, based upon piano types in each room (again, listed the page for each room.)
We will begin with this Practice Room Reservation schedule and hope to transition to a more permanent Practice Room schedule for individual practice later this semester.
Practice rooms are small, shared spaces with limited air exchange that present safety concerns. Due to this, there will be limited use of the practice rooms, with specific conditions. We know that practicing is important, and we are sorry to limit use, but safety and health must be our top priority.
- Practice Room use is limited to students who are enrolled either in applied lessons or in a Music Department ensemble.
- Only one student is allowed in each practice room. No visitors.
- Students are expected to clean their space before and after using a practice room.
- Practice rooms must remain empty and unoccupied for at least 30 minutes between practice sessions in order to allow ventilation to recirculate air.
- Wear a mask when entering and exiting the practice room.
- Wash/sanitize your hands before and after using the practice room.
- Clean all high-contact areas with provided cleaning supplies. For pianos, please spray cleaner on a paper towel and then wipe. Do not directly spray instruments with cleaner.
- Leave provided cleaning materials in the room.
- Properly dispose of any used sanitation materials.
- Students must bring their own music stands; no music stands will be provided in practice rooms at this time.
- Practice rooms will receive daily cleaning each morning by facilities staff.
- Do not move or tamper with air purifiers. Windows may be opened for more ventilation and fresh air.
Practice room use is considered a privilege during this time of pandemic. Any student found violating these conditions will have their privileges immediately revoked. This includes practicing in a room without a reservation and remaining in a room beyond the reserved time.
The University's policy is that there will be no concerts or recitals given for live, in-person audiences.
That said, many events in the Touhill Performing Arts Center will have the ability to be live-streamed. This may include ensemble performances, student recitals, faculty recitals, Friday Seminar events, and so forth.
Once scheduled, these events will be able to be heard and seen worldwide by visiting music.umsl.edu/live.
Your "classroom" classes in the Music Department (music history, theory, aural training, class piano, music education classes, etc) are remaining online. If you have questions about the mode of instruction for any of your classes, please contact your professor for more details.
We must all be flexible and understanding with these new protocols. We will continue to keep abreast of ongoing research relevant to music study and performance during this pandemic, and we will continue to work with University administration to keep everyone as safe as possible. Please understand that, as new information arises, these protocols could change suddenly and without warning.
We must count upon one another to keep each other safe and healthy. Please be a thoughtful and caring member of our UMSL music community.
The UMSL Department of Music is accredited by
The National Association of Schools of Music