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ETBU Performing Arts Covid-19 Safety Protocol

No student will be allowed to attend an applied lesson, ensemble rehearsal, or theatre production rehearsal if they are experiencing any of the these possible Covid-19 symptoms; fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Students will comply with all university safety protocols. For more information and guidelines, please refer to the ETBU Fall 2020 Campus Operations.

According to a recent study by Ruhr-University Bochum, the use of mouthwash can be used to help mitigate the viral load of COVID-19 in the oral cavity and throat. Music students are required to use mouthwash particularly before applied lessons and ensemble rehearsals, and are encouraged to use mouthwash multiple times throughout the day. Please note, using mouthwash is NOT a substitute for wearing a facemask. Facemasks are still required according to University policy.

Applied Lessons

Mouthwash Statement/Protocol

Vocal Lessons: Vocal lessons will be assigned to locations that allow for proper distancing (10-12 feet) between student and instructor. 

  • Aipperspach studio – JGMB 104
  • Cosby studio – MWF 9:00 – 11:00 JGMB 138,
    MWF 1:00pm JGMB 138
    F 12:00pm 138      
  • McCarthy studio – F 8:00am-2:00pm REDW 101

If larger spaces are available for vocal lessons, the instructors may request use of those spaces.

The students will stand closer to the collaborative artists as appropriate to the teaching space, but will always face away from those individuals. The lessons will incorporate the use of freestanding, movable protective shields that will be positioned in front of the students and between the students and the instructors. Both instructor and student will wear a mask throughout the lesson. Masks may be temporarily removed by student or instructor for demonstrating techniques visually, but no singing while the mask is off may take place.  The collaborative artists will wear a mask throughout the lesson. If circumstances arise that, suggest a lesson would be more productive or potentially safer held via Zoom technology, then the instructor may request that option. Requests for this change in teaching format must be submitted in writing to the Dean of the School of Communication and Performing Arts, and the Dean must grant approval. The request must articulate in full detail the reasons for the request.

Wind Instrument Lessons: Wind instrument lessons will be assigned locations that allow for proper distancing (6 feet) between studio and instructor.

  • Bugg studio – TBD JGMB 109
  • Lockard studio – REDW 106
  • Phillips studio – REDW 107
  • Webster studio – JGMB 102

If larger spaces are available for instrumental lessons, the instructors may request use of those spaces.

The students will stand closer to the collaborative artists as appropriate to the teaching space, but will always face away from those individuals. The lessons will incorporate the use of freestanding, movable protective shields that will be positioned between the students and the instructors. The instructors will wear a mask throughout the lesson except when demonstrating performance techniques. The collaborative artists will wear masks throughout the lesson. The students are not required to wear masks during the lessons. *Brass students MUST have their own receptacle for their water key/condensation collection. No condensation shall be left on the floor. Students are requested to use a puppy pad or paper towels for this purpose. If circumstances arise that, suggest a lesson would be more productive or potentially safer held via Zoom technology, then the instructors may request that option. Requests for this change in teaching format must be submitted in writing to the Dean of the School of Communication and Performing Arts, and the Dean must grant approval. The request must articulate in full detail the reasons for the request.

Percussion, Piano, Guitar, and Bass Lessons: These lessons will be assigned locations that allow for proper distancing (6 feet) between studio and instructor.

  • Carter studio – F - TBD Redwine 105
  • DeRousse studio – JGMB 108
  • Pressley studio – TH 11-12:30, 2:00-3:00pm JGMB 109
  • Robinson studio – REDW 110
  • Smith studio – JGMB 106

If larger spaces are available for these lessons, the instructors may request use of those spaces.

The lessons will incorporate the use of freestanding, movable protective shields that will be positioned between the students and the instructors. Both instructor and student will wear a mask throughout the lesson. If circumstances arise that, suggest a lesson would be more productive or potentially safer held via zoom technology, then the instructor may request that option. Requests for this change in teaching format must be submitted in writing to the Dean of the School of Communication and Performing Arts, and the Dean must grant approval. The request must articulate in full detail the reasons for the request.

Music Ensemble Rehearsals

Choral Ensembles: Choral ensembles will rehearse in locations that provide space for appropriate distancing of at least 8 feet. Ensemble directors will spend the first 2 weeks of the semester experimenting with rehearsal logistics that apply appropriate safety measures while creating a desirable educational rehearsal experience. Students will maintain a minimum of 8’ spacing. Instructors and students will wear masks at all times. 

Choral Ensemble Procedures
•    No singing before class begins
•    Masks will be worn at all times
•    Absolutely no talking while you are not singing unless you are participating in rehearsal discussion with the director 
•    Staggered dismissal, please wait for the instructor to dismiss you, and use all available egresses maintaining appropriate distancing
•    Social distance while entering, while in, and while exiting any rehearsal space
•    If you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and are not able to be in rehearsal, let the instructor know immediately. 

Instrumental Ensembles: Instrumental ensembles will rehearse in locations that provide space for appropriate distancing of at least 6 feet. Percussionists and string players must wear masks during rehearsal. Students playing wind instruments will not be required to wear masks during the rehearsals. All students must wear masks to rehearsals. Wind players may remove the masks when rehearsal begins, and put them back on immediately following rehearsal.

Instrumental Ensemble Procedures
•    No playing wind instruments before class begins.
•    Masks should stay on until we are ready to play.
•    Attempt to angle your instrument so you are not blowing directly into the person in front of you. 
•    Absolutely no talking while you are not playing and you are unmasked. 
•    Brass players will collect condensation/water from instruments into paper towels that will be discarded at the end of class. 
•    Take a disinfectant wipe as you enter the room.
•    Wipe down your stands and chairs with a disinfectant wipe at the end of rehearsal.
•    Staggered dismissal for returning of instruments to lockers. 
•    Social distance while entering, while in, and while exiting the Band Hall.
•    If you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and are not able to be in rehearsal, let the instructor know immediately. 
•    Flute players will use Win-D-Fenders and brass players will use bell covers whenever playing their instruments inside any University building. This equipment will be provided by the University band program.

Theatre Production Rehearsals

Theatre productions will rehearse in locations that provide space for appropriate distancing of at least 6 feet. Instructors and students will wear masks at all times.

Theatre Production Rehearsals Procedures
• Masks will be worn at all times
• Staggered dismissal, please wait for the instructor to dismiss you, and use all available egresses maintaining appropriate distancing
• Social distance while entering, while in, and while exiting any rehearsal space
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If you are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms and are not able to be in rehearsal, let the instructor know immediately.

Theatre Production Technical and Dress Rehearsals and Performances
• Masks will be worn at all times
• Anyone handling costumes must wear gloves
• Costumes will be laundered after each rehearsal or performance
• Performers are responsible for their own makeup and hair. If more assistance is needed, then gloves are required.