Updated Aug. 10, 2020 with protective equipment photo gallery
Updates and information about returning to campus for students of the School of Music will be published on this page throughout the summer.
The School of Music faculty, staff and administration have been working tirelessly
to ensure we can provide a vibrant and interactive campus experience, always with
the community’s health and well-being as our top priority.
We have seen the situation regarding COVID-19 continue to evolve and so we must not only be strict and comprehensive with safety protocols on campus, but we must also be ready to adapt quickly and seamlessly to whatever changes should occur. Please ensure you fully understand our Community Health Standards; you will be expected to follow them once you return to campus. Through planning and research, safety equipment and protocols, technology and training, we are ready to provide an exciting conservatory experience under safe conditions for everyone.
We at UNCSA feel a strong commitment to continue to deliver the best conservatory-level experience possible. Though this semester will be different, in-person teaching combined with highly-interactive synchronous online instruction will continue to deliver top-level training from our world-renowned faculty.
Lessons will be delivered through a hybrid form of instruction, combining both in-person and online work for a comprehensive and meaningful lesson experience. The number of in-person vs. online individual lessons begins from a default starting point of half and half. The number of in-person lessons can increase, an outcome initiated by the faculty member and accompanied by student agreement. Likewise, the number of online lessons can also increase, but in this instance the outcome is initiated by the student and confirmed by the faculty. It will fundamentally be a conversation between each faculty member and each student to decide the proportion with which all are most comfortable.
Classroom courses will be delivered also in a hybrid model, with material delivered in-person when necessary, and online when possible. Through faculty training and significant new technology and equipment acquisitions, we can provide considerable facets of our classroom experiences online in ways our faculty feel are more effective and efficient than ever before. In those cases, some courses will be taught entirely online. These decisions were made by weighing the best ways to deliver specific material, and most importantly, safety concerns involving such factors as student density and scheduling.
None of our in-person instruction could occur without strict safety protocols, diligent cleaning and sanitizing, and extensive ubiquitous safety equipment. To that end, here are some of the measures we have put in place:
In addition to all of this, it’s important to note that members of the UNCSA School of Music community must share a collective responsibility for everyone’s health and safety on campus. It will be a combined effort to keep each other safe.
Rehearsing and performing together is the centerpiece of a music conservatory education.
It is an essential pedagogical element to our curriculum, but also comprises some
of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences for our students. Though we won't
be able to perform Mahler's “Symphony of a Thousand” this semester, we see this as
an exciting opportunity to explore more chamber music and smaller ensemble repertoire.
The detailed and intricate work our faculty can accomplish with this repertoire is
the foundation for every type of performance environment. Though performances may not have
in-person audiences, many more of our performances will be livestreamed or filmed
than ever before using our livestreaming camera system installed in Watson Hall. Considerable
time and research have gone into establishing protocols allowing our students to play
together safely. We relied on multiple scientific studies and sources, including the
25-page report from Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, an infectious disease
expert from the UNC School of Medicine who spent multiple days on the UNCSA campus
assessing School of Music and other facilities.
Our planning for instrumental and vocal rehearsal, performance, and collaboration include the following protocols that will be rigorously enforced by faculty and staff:
The pandemic has created difficult challenges for all of us; however, we at the School
of Music have seen this as an opportunity to discover and enhance ways in which we
educate. I believe this experience will fundamentally change the way we use technology
in arts education. I am excited to share with you that we have made significant investments
to equip our students and faculty with the latest tools and technology, not only for
the coming year but into the future as well. Classrooms and many large spaces will contain
newly purchased mobile technology carts that house an advanced programmable camera system,
large TV displays, speakers, and high-quality microphones. A large number of external
USB microphones and audio/video recorders will be available for students to check
out. Microphones and other recording equipment have been purchased for all faculty.
Additional electronic keyboards have also been purchased for student use. Students
will continue to have full access to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which allows them to download and use the extensive suite of Adobe desktop and mobile
apps. Additionally, we will augment our technology offerings with audio and video
recording boot camps, giving students training in essential videography and audio
recording engineering software and techniques.
We must acknowledge the uncertainty ahead, but with careful planning, diligence and compassion for each other, I am confident our community will come together and produce great music again this year.
- Saxton Rose, Interim Dean of UNCSA School of Music