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June 9, 2021

With the University’s recent announcement about the changing guidance for the fall semester, we wanted to share with you our revised guidance and policies for applied instruction for the fall 2021 semester.  Given the unique nature of our applied music and dance instruction there are some subtle differences from the University guidance that are specific to Peabody. These revised guidelines are attached and below for your review.  Please note that this guidance may continue to change and evolve over the coming months to reflect state and local regulations or changes in the University’s policies.

Peabody Institute guidance for applied instruction ‚Äď Fall 2021

These guidelines contain recommended health and safety protocols for The Johns Hopkins University‚Äôs gradual, multiphase resumption of on-campus activities. It is intended to apply to all members of our Peabody community‚ÄĒJohns Hopkins affiliates (faculty, staff, students, post-doctoral fellows, and trainees), as well as contractors, vendors, visitors, and guests‚ÄĒwhile on campus or in university facilities. We anticipate that these guidelines will evolve as the changing severity of the pandemic and our ability to respond to it allow us to move through the phases of our return-to-campus framework, subject to state and local regulations and our own public health assessment.

  • Johns Hopkins University is planning for the return of activity to our campuses, with the hope and expectation that¬†the university will be substantially back to normal this fall.¬†More information
  • All on-site faculty and staff are¬†required to be vaccinated by Aug. 1.¬†More information
  • All students coming to campuses in the U.S. this fall who do not have exemptions are¬†required to be vaccinated.¬†More information
  • The university is planning for¬†the majority of staff and faculty to return to campus¬†in person by mid-August.¬†More information
  • The university is hosting on-campus clinics at which¬†faculty, staff, students, and contractors can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations are free and staff can use COVID-19 vaccine leave for time off while they receive or recover from the vaccination.¬†More information
  • Shuttles are available¬†from Homewood to the COVID-19 mass vaccination site¬†at M&T Bank Stadium.¬†More information
  • JHU campuses¬†no longer require face coverings in most outdoor¬†spaces¬†when 6 feet of distance can be maintained.¬†More information

Masking, distancing, and testing 

  • Physical distancing requirements will be lifted indoors and outdoors on July 1, though we recommend continued distancing for those who are not vaccinated.
  • In accordance with Baltimore City guidelines, masks will still be required indoors in classrooms, labs, common spaces, and shared offices. If the city eliminates its indoor masking mandate, we may do so as well, but only for those who have been vaccinated.
  • Once-weekly COVID testing will be required for vaccinated residential undergraduates.
  • Twice-weekly testing will be required for all unvaccinated faculty, students, and staff.
  • Testing on demand will remain available for all affiliates.

Other policies 

  • Daily health checks through Prodensity remain required.
  • Visitors and guests will be allowed on campus but must follow the same COVID safety rules as JHU affiliates.

Private Instruction

Private lessons for Keyboard, Strings, Harp, Guitar, Percussion, and Music for New Media

  • Masking for all participants
  • Room air exchanges are no longer required

Private lessons for wind, brass and voice

  • Teacher and accompanist masked at all times
  • Masking will not be required for students while playing or singing during lessons
  • Bell covers will not be required
  • Students will maintain a 6 ft (7.5 ft on-center)¬†social distance between teacher (and/or accompanist) and student
  • Practice water key etiquette.¬† Drape water valve and collect condensate in towel or WindSorb. Disinfect towel/WindSorb after use.
  • Lessons of no more than 60 minutes
  • Low-latency rooms may also be utilized
  • Room air exchanges are no longer required¬†

Ensemble Classes

Instrumental Ensembles, Repertoire and Studio Classes

  • Masking required for all individuals.¬† Woodwinds and Brass students will wear a mask while playing which includes a small straight slit in a surgical style mask, or commercially available masks for this purpose.¬† This mask is for playing, not general use outside of rehearsal.
  • Bell covers will not be required
  • Social distancing of 3 ft (4.5 ft on-center) for wind and brass
  • Practice water key etiquette.¬† Drape water valve and collect condensate in towel or WindSorb. Disinfect towel/WindSorb after use.
  • Ensembles may rehearse for their normal class length
  • Following a rehearsal that includes winds or brass the room will be room vacant to allow for a minimum of 3 air exchanges.

Choral Ensembles and Opera classes

  • Singers will continue to rehearse masked until specific masking recommendations related to indoor choral singing change
  • Social distancing of 6 ft (7.5ft on-center)
  • Ensembles may rehearse for their normal class length
  • Following rehearsal, the room will be room vacant to allow for a minimum of 3 air exchanges.

Dance classes

  • Masking required for all individuals at all times, including while dancing
  • Social distancing will no longer required and dancing in close proximity including contact during dancing is now permitted
  • Classes may meet for their normal class length
  • Room air exchanges are no longer required