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The plans outlined below for Fall 2020 instruction at the Peabody Conservatory are built on the guidelines outlined in Johns Hopkins University’s Phases for Resuming On-Campus Activity, which in turn dovetails with the State of Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery. It is critical to note that flexibility and responsiveness are key components of these plans. As a community, we must at all times be prepared to adapt quickly and adjust our activities based on the public health indicators of a continually evolving situation. Please be aware that all of these plans are subject to change. If the public health situation requires it, we will put the health of our community first and return to fully remote instruction.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at or 667-208-6700.


Housing & Dining

Billing, Financial Aid & Student Employment

Arthur Friedheim Library


Backstage: New Student Orientation

Student Involvement

Health & Wellness

Student Disability Services

Public Health Precautions

Important Dates

Town Halls


University Communications



Our priority is to provide the best possible educational and artistic experience for you, while safeguarding your health and safety and the health and safety of the campus community. The faculty have worked to recreate the excellence of a Peabody education in a variety of modalities to suit differing needs across all disciplines within the Conservatory.

We understand that some students are at higher risk of negative outcomes from COVID, or must stay in close contact with those who are. We ask that they consider not returning to campus this fall, and we will offer full support to ensure that anyone who cannot or does not wish to return in person this semester can continue to progress in their education.

Because individual instruction and performance experience are such critical components of a conservatory education, the in-person experience for fall will prioritize applied lessons, chamber music and other ensembles, technique courses, and repertoire studies, with strict adherence to distancing and room density protocols.

Academic courses (Music Theory, Musicology, Liberal Arts, Professional Studies including the Breakthrough Curriculum courses, Music Education and some Music Engineering and Technology courses) will remain in a remote format in order to limit larger gatherings and minimize density on campus. All students, whether on campus or not, will take these courses remotely. In some limited cases, small group meetings and team-based project work may be allowed use of the limited classroom facilities in accordance with safety protocols.

For students who either choose to remain at home or for whom traveling to Peabody is not possible, options will be in place for a completely remote program. All lessons can be held remotely. Ensembles and Chamber Music will take place both onsite in smaller, safe formats and remotely through performance-based projects rooted in technology.

To accommodate social distancing on campus, appropriate office, classroom, and performance spaces are being repurposed for use as practice and instructional space, and new policies are being developed to maximize opportunities to practice safely.

Noting that there are unique challenges facing specific disciplines, most notably vocal studies, we are working with Johns Hopkins’ offices of Health and Safety and Infectious Control, the School of Engineering, and the Applied Physics Lab to devise solutions for students in these areas in order to deliver as much as their program in person as is safe. Specifically in those instructional situations where the Conservatory’s commitment to quality education makes masking impossible, Peabody is upgrading information technology infrastructure, providing the hardware and software needed to support near-real-time audio and video feeds, and investing in training and support for use of these new tools. This will make it possible, for example, for a masked instructor and accompanist in one room to work with an un-masked singer in another, or for proper social distancing of a dance class across multiple rooms. 

Significant investments are being made this summer to support ultra low-latency, high quality room-to-room support for lessons and practice and to support remote modalities by ensuring that students and faculty have required specific tech and equipment required. In addition, more than 50 faculty have gathered together for six weeks this summer to explore best teaching practice for remote learning.

Elements of the curriculum that are based in the community will require special attention.

  • Music education students engaged in student teaching will follow the protocols for the school districts in which they are placed. Masks will be mandatory for indoor on-site learning, as well as appropriate distancing and hand hygiene. If either JHU or a school system in which our students are placed discontinues in-person instruction, the intern teacher would need to withdraw from the placement. 
  • Community engagement programs will either be online or redesigned to follow JHU policies on health and safety. For our OrchKids Academy work-study partnership, we anticipate following the mandate of Baltimore City Public Schools. If schools are in session, students will teach in person at Mary Ann Winterling Elementary School on Saturday mornings/afternoons. All criteria for program delivery and/or withdrawal will be contingent on BCPS policy. 

The Fall 2020 Academic Calendar will be adjusted to mitigate challenges of student and faculty travel throughout the fall semester. Notably, on-site instruction will end on Friday, November 20, 2020, and all instruction will move into a remote format for the remainder of the term.

Academic advising and tutoring are available by phone or Zoom, for academic matters and planning. Additional interim policies, such as deferment and part-time enrollment, can be found on the Academic Affairs section of the website.

Housing & Dining

In order to safely welcome students back to campus life and enhance everyone’s ability to observe social distancing guidelines, all rooms will be single-occupancy for the coming Academic Year. Each room in the Peabody Living Center has a private bathroom, and use of the shared bathrooms on each floor of the East and West towers will be limited in number of users. 

We are working to secure additional Peabody housing space nearby, but offsite, for students who otherwise would live in Peabody housing, to assist in the effort to de-densify campus.

Students moving into Peabody housing will have staggered check-in dates or times to reduce traffic in rooms and hallways.  Students may also be expected to undergo a COVID-19 test at the time of check-in and limit contact for the first 24 hours until test results are available.

Peabody’s dining plan for this fall is focused on a grab-and-go model for students living in Peabody housing.

Billing, Financial Aid & Student Employment

  • The Fall Semester Tuition Statement will be available online on August 13, 2020. Payment is due on September 3, 2020. 
  • The billing date has moved from July to August. Additional details are available on the Business Office website.
  • Renewal of financial aid packages will be e-mailed to all students by mid-July and August 28, 2020, is the scheduled disbursement date.
  • Student employment will continue to be available for students this fall, including remote options, where possible, for students physically in the United States.

Arthur Friedheim Library

Arthur Friedheim Library will be open in accordance with JHU policies on health and safety for JHU students, faculty, and staff. In July, we started making physical collections available for pick up at various on-campus locations. Policies will be in place to allow safe access to library collections, equipment collections, and on-site computing resources. Research support will continue remotely by appointment. The library continues to support community members who cannot join us on-site through digital content delivery. Individualized support for access to materials will be arranged as needed.


LAUNCHPad continues to offer expanded virtual appointment options for career coaching, and has curated a collection of COVID-19 related resources that may be helpful for students and alumni. Stay tuned for information about upcoming virtual events and discussion forums, as well.

Backstage: Peabody’s New Student Orientation

Backstage: Peabody’s New Student Orientation will be delivered online and program content will be continually added to your new student portal throughout the summer. Participation in Backstage is required of new students. Successful and timely completion of pre-arrival checklist items and required programs are both necessary and essential to your success as a new member of the Peabody community. If you have any questions regarding Backstage, please reach out to

Student Involvement

Non-academic campus involvement is an important element of your experience and provides significant opportunity for community building outside of the classroom and studio. While it will look different, student leaders will be asked to continue to partner with Student Affairs to adapt their efforts so that you can continue to enjoy the social, creative, leadership, and engagement benefits associated with an active campus life. 

Health & Wellness

Continued collaboration with the University Counseling Center and Student Health and Wellness Center will provide joint virtual programming and additional resources for students in areas such as mental health, stress reduction, coping skills, preventative health, nutrition, and movement and exercise.

The Homewood Student Health and Wellness Center is here to assist you with your healthcare needs. Student Health and Wellness can be reached by calling 410-516-8270. When the clinic is closed you will be connected with our nurse advice line by calling our main number. Please call us rather than coming in person. 

Additional University resources include:

Tools for Coping

  • The Calm app and use your JHU email to access all premium features) for mindfulness, sleep and guided meditation exercises.
  • SilverCloud, an online confidential mental health resource, that includes interactive learning modules that teach CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) techniques. Learn more or sign up to get started.

Student Disability Services

Student Disability Services will continue to be adapted to accommodate students in a hybrid delivery model.

Public Health Precautions

As a division of Johns Hopkins University, Peabody is fortunate to have access to some of the world’s leading experts in public health and epidemiology. We are fully committed to the health and safety of our entire campus community, and actively collaborating with colleagues across Johns Hopkins to put into place a range of science-backed precautions for those who will be on campus this fall.

Everyone on campus this fall will see reminders to help protect our community by continuing to carefully adhere to the protective measures with which we are all, by now, familiar. The University will provide all students on campus with face coverings, which will be required indoors and outdoors. (As noted above, where masking is not possible, alternative protective measures will be in place.) Signage will reinforce the need to remain physically distant from each other – noting that a greater distance will be called for in some Conservatory settings.

Students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms are advised to self-isolate and call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center at 833-546-7546. COVID-19 testing (in addition to the testing noted above for residence hall students) will be available for any student reporting symptoms and meeting CDC and Hopkins Infectious Control criteria.

  • Testing protocols may also include the proactive testing of roommates, closely monitoring selected sites, and surveillance testing throughout the semester.
  • For those who test positive, follow-up of close campus contacts will be done by JHU through a combination of in-person interviews and technology.
  • All students who test positive for COVID-19, whether or not they show symptoms, will be required to follow CDC guidelines and remain in isolation until (a) it has at least three days with no symptoms and fever without the aid of a fever reducing medication (b) respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) and (c) it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared.
  • All students who have been determined by the JHCCC to have had meaningful exposure to someone who was positive will also be required to quarantine and monitor their symptoms for 14 days.
  • While students who test positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to Homewood housing, student housing on the Peabody campus will be configured to allow for self-isolation as needed.
  • Students living off campus will need to quarantine or isolate in their off-campus residence.

In alignment with public health recommendations, we will increase the frequency with which common areas are cleaned and disinfected and allow time between scheduled activities for HVAC systems, which have been configured to maximize fresh air intake and to use HEPA filtering, to clean rooms.

For the time being, guest artists will be required to engage remotely. In-person audiences will not be permitted on campus with the possible exception of a small number of family members for degree recitals. Note that the occupancy of any space should not exceed 10. Onsite courses, ensembles, and rehearsals may only be attended by students who are correctly registered; no guests will be admitted.

While we are preparing to welcome students back to campus, we also acknowledge that there are a lot of unknowns and daily new developments in the science and the situation. The University will continue to closely monitor the pandemic as well as the guidance of the CDC, the State of Maryland, and our own health and safety experts, and we are prepared to revert to more fully remote operations should conditions warrant.

Important Dates


8/13: Fall tuition statement available online
8/17: DMA students register for courses in SIS
8/18: AD, GPD, MA, and MM students register for courses in SIS
8/20: Undergraduate students register for courses in SIS
8/21: First-year student move-in
8/21 – 8/30: Backstage: New Student Orientation
8/28: Scheduled disbursement date
8/31: Conservatory classes and lessons begin


9/3: Fall tuition due date
9/7: Labor Day – Peabody classes, lessons and ensembles will not be held; Homewood/ASEN courses will be held
9/11: Last day to drop or add a course without a late course fee
9/17: Last day to add a course for the fall semester


10/23: Last day to change a course to audit


11/2: Graduate student course selection begins for the spring semester
11/4 – 11/6: Undergraduate student course selection begins for the spring semester
11/12: Spring semester tuition statement available online
11/13: Last day to withdraw from any fall semester course
11/16: Deadline for leave of absence return notification – Office of Academic Affairs
11/16: Deadline for graduate students who deferred fall to confirm spring enrollment
11/23 – 11/29: Thanksgiving Break (no classes, lessons or ensembles)
11/30: Classes, lessons and ensembles resume remotely


12/3: Spring tuition due date
: Last day of Conservatory classes and lessons; make up day lessons and classes
12/16 – 12/18: Fall semester course examinations

Town Halls

A series of town hall meetings are scheduled for members of the Peabody community to hear more about plans for the fall and ask questions. Students will receive additional details and Zoom information by email.

Monday, July 6

6:00 – 7:30 pm Town Hall for New Undergraduate Students
7:30 – 9:00 pm Town Hall for New Graduate Students

Tuesday, July 7

7:00 – 8:30 pm Town Hall for Returning Undergraduate Students

Wednesday, July 8

7:00 – 8:30 pm Town Hall for Returning Graduate Students