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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.


  • COVID vaccination will be required for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who will be working or studying at a U.S.–based university campus or worksite, beginning August 1. That includes:
    • Members of nonclinical departments at the School of Medicine; members of clinical departments will be governed by Johns Hopkins Health System vaccination policies
    • Members of collective bargaining units
    • Contractors who provide services to the university community and whose primary work location is on university properties located in Maryland or Washington, D.C., regardless of employer
    • Those who are doing business on behalf of the university, including individuals engaged in work-related travel
  • A required JHU vaccination registry will open on July 1. During the month of July, managers will be working to make sure all members of their team upload proof of their vaccination or submit an application for a religious or medical exception before August 1.
  • Religious and health exceptions for COVID vaccination will be considered in the same manner as exceptions for the influenza vaccine. Those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant may also seek an exception. The deadline to apply for an exception is August 1—application will be through the JHU vaccination registry.
  • Any affiliate on-site who has been granted a vaccination exception will be required to participate in twice-weekly COVID testing at Johns Hopkins and mask at all times indoors (even if local and/or university masking requirements are later eased for those who are vaccinated).
  • For those international students and others arriving from abroad who may not have access to a U.S.– or World Health Organization–authorized vaccine before returning to campus, we will offer a grace period until September 30 to submit proof of vaccination. The university will provide free vaccination upon arrival for those traveling to a U.S.–based campus or worksite from abroad. Until individuals are fully vaccinated, they will be required to mask when indoors (even if masks are not broadly required) and be tested twice weekly.
  • Influenza vaccination will also be required. This year’s deadline to submit documentation of flu vaccination will be November 19.

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.
  • Spaces for eating will be available in both undistanced format (for those who are vaccinated) and distanced format (open to all and required for those who are unvaccinated).
  • Occupancy limits in elevators and bathrooms will be eliminated on July 1.
  • 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.
  • The university’s travel policies will return to normal beginning July 1.
  • 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