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You will undoubtedly have many questions about how Peabody will operate during the Fall 2020 semester, as we work to ensure the safety, health, and security of the entire Peabody community while also delivering the highest level educational experience for our students. Please check here first for answers, which will be updated regularly.

If you don’t see the answer you are looking for below, please contact the Office of Student Affairs for help.

Academic Affairs

Given the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unique challenges of the Conservatory’s teaching model, Peabody will be fully remote for the fall 2020 semester.

Our plan for a completely remote program comprises applied lessons, chamber music and other ensembles, technique courses and repertoire studies as well as academic courses. Students will be challenged to complete new performance-based projects rooted in technology, and to reimagine the traditional formats of ensemble performance. Across the curriculum, faculty are preparing courses which can be taken asynchronously, to accommodate students in all time zones. Every student who chooses to will be able to continue to make progress towards their degree.

The office of Academic Affairs continues to offer academic advising and tutoring services by phone or Zoom, and has updated the policies outlining options for deferred enrollment, part-time enrollment, and an alternative capstone project.

The Conservatory will extend the spring grading policies through December. Classes will automatically be graded without a letter grade, but students will have the option of selecting letter grades for some or all of their classes. Peabody is working with University Information Systems to extend and improve students’ ability to make these decisions directly in SIS.

As we pivot into our remote settings, Instrumental Large Ensembles will continue to offer a broad range of meaningful experiences to the 21st-century musicians. With many virtual opportunities available to us, students will engage in small and large group projects that build ensemble skills and community. Work will include collaborative ensemble projects; hands-on experience in recording for musicians; diverse repertoire study; partnership with Peabody composers and departments; conversations with various musicians, composers, and conductors to deepen ensemble listening and comprehension.

Vocal Ensembles will shift their energies to a combination of forward-thinking small- and large-group projects and conversations that take advantage of the unique collaborative opportunities available to us in this unique virtual “chamber” for music making. Work will include virtual performance projects; collaboration with creators from across disciplines; conversations and workshops with esteemed vocal ensemble artists, composers, conductors and scholars from across the country; repertoire study; deep listening; and ensemble skill-building.

The Opera Program will not deviate much from its plans for classes. Opera Workshop, Seminar and Theatre are all focused on role preparation for productions, and coachings and character work will continue remotely. The sessions with the film director on camera acting, training on remote performance, and preparation for the camera will stay remote. Acting for Singers will continue remotely, alternating between class meetings and individual work. Movement classes remain held off until Fall 2021. Some changes will be seen in productions. Remote coaching and staging will occur as planned, but the performances will all be recorded and presented virtually in a film-like manner. We are working with a post-production and digital design company who will provide digital sets and transitions, as well as training on the technical side of remote production. There may be some repertoire changes but we will still be presenting the pastiche opera, working with Ann Baltz.

The Chamber Music Department will be offering a couple of options for online chamber music. We have spent the summer designing online courses that we think will be interesting, useful and very enjoyable. It is an opportunity to explore chamber music in a whole new way! We will still form small “groups” that will meet for discussion, listening, some playing and more. We are also offering a course that will explore music for solo instruments and electronics. Look for details on the Chamber Music page of the Peabody website and in upcoming emails from the Director of Chamber Music, Michael Kannen.

Covid-19 gives the Jazz Studies faculty a unique opportunity to go even deeper into a true mentorship style of teaching by offering project-based learning with check-ins that are not limited to classroom time. These projects include various recording projects of historic and current jazz icons in the field, both in a large and small ensemble setting. The faculty will use its connections and resources to engage colleagues in the field to assist with these projects by providing music that would normally be inaccessible. We will also continue to invite world renowned guest artists throughout the semester to share their experiences during our master classes. As we think beyond the classroom, we will work with famous jazz venues worldwide to present our content which will be seen all over the globe.

Peabody’s Historical Performance Department will continue to offer a broad range of meaningful experiences in applied instruction, ensembles, and classes, exploring music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical eras in a historically informed manner. Through the ever-improving technology available to us, students will engage in large and small group projects, both within the Peabody community and in collaboration with colleagues at institutions across the country, expand their repertoire, build ensemble skills, develop their network of creative partners, and hone the technological know-how that has become so valuable in building a sustainable career. In this new modality, they will continue with the full palette of course and ensemble instruction normally taken in person, with a shift in focus in some areas that will allow more opportunities for deep, critical listening; score study; discussion; and mentorship.

With the very sudden move to remote teaching and learning last spring, we had to adapt very quickly to an unexpected reality. While there were some challenges in such a swift transition, many discovered surprising advantages to teaching and learning music and dance remotely, inspiring a fresh approach and new energy.

Over the summer, our preparations for the coming academic year have included a strong focus on strengthening our capabilities and infrastructure for remote instruction. Faculty and staff have devoted more than 1,200 hours to learning best practices for remote instruction and course design and exploring a broad range of technology teaching tools through The Peabody Digital Teaching Collective. Peabody also shared its newly developed expertise with more than 3,500 artists and educators from around the globe in a series of Lunch-and-Learn webinars spotlighting innovative pedagogy. Additional trainings for applied faculty are ongoing even now.

Access to campus spaces will continue to be very limited and monitored by the Dean’s Office, with permission to work on campus granted on an as-needed, case-by-case basis. Students and faculty are advised not to come to Baltimore with an expectation of using campus facilities.

Peabody will continue to support students who will be resident in Baltimore by expanding our piano loan program to make more pianos and electric keyboards available so that students have options to continue their lessons and practicing from their homes. The Ensemble Office will work directly with other instrumental students to fulfill instrument loan requests, and special arrangements will be made to support dance students studying from home.

The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cut a deep swath across our country, our industry, and certainly our Peabody community. In the months since our initial response to this crisis, we have heard from many of you about the anxiety and hardship you are facing, and we understand the added pressure you are feeling around the cost of your education.

To offer some relief, and in alignment with the University’s decision announced today to reduce Homewood undergraduate tuition by 10%, Peabody with assistance from the University will reduce the cost of attendance by making a one-time reduction in its planned fall semester undergraduate tuition of 10%. We are also now reviewing with the University and other divisions how we can provide relief for our graduate students. The adjustment for undergraduates will be reflected in your bills. Those of you who have already paid your fall tuition will receive a refund of the discounted amount.

In addition, Peabody continues to stand ready to assist all students with financial hardships that have emerged as a result of changing circumstances. Since spring, in fact, Peabody has been able to provide approximately $400,000 in additional aid due to COVID-related need, including $162,000 in CARES Act funding which has been distributed to eligible students. As we did in the spring, we encourage students experiencing financial difficulties related to the switch to remote learning to appeal to the office of Financial Aid for emergency support.

Peabody offers detailed recommendations for computers, peripheral devices, and minimum network connectivity standards for students. JHU student discounts are available for some of the recommended devices, and financial aid may be available to ensure students have the tools they need this fall.

Extensive tech support is made available to students, faculty, and staff by phone and online.

The office of Academic Affairs has updated the policies outlining options for deferred enrollment and part-time enrollment for this fall. You may also consider requesting a Leave of Absence or withdrawing. Please inform Peabody of your plans by August 17.

Health & Safety

The decision to continue with fully remote instruction this fall has been made in consultation with leadership and public health experts across Johns Hopkins, with the health and safety of the Peabody community as our top priority, and in recognition of the unique challenges inherent in the Conservatory’s instructional model.

While we are disappointed not to be returning to campus in the short term, we feel confident – given the current trajectory of the virus – that the decision to begin the coming academic year in a remote instructional format is the best option to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff while continuing to offer performing arts training of the highest level.

As we look ahead, we continue to invest in technology upgrades and other measures to mitigate the public health and safety concerns surrounding in-person music and dance instruction – work and investments which will have both short- and long-term benefits for students, faculty, and staff.

Because we all hope to return to campus as soon as it is safe to do so, we encourage you to follow the science-backed precautions and protective measures outlined by the CDC, including wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance, and washing your hands.

In addition, students are encouraged take advantage of the wellness resources available to all Johns Hopkins students: both general wellness and COVID-specific resources.

Student Affairs

Peabody’s housing and dining facilities will not be in operation this fall. Very limited openings may be considered on an individual basis; If you have concerns that your living situation is not secure or can demonstrate hardship, please contact the office of Student Affairs.

The Fall Semester Tuition Statement will be available online on August 13, 2020. Payment is due on September 3, 2020. Additional details are available on the Business Office webpages.

Student Employment opportunities will be remote-only and will be limited. To comply with labor laws, domestic and foreign, only students who are physically in the United States will be eligible to work. All students who are eligible for Federal Work Study and have accepted their Federal Work Study award as part of their aid package, but are unable to find employment, will be considered for financial assistance from Peabody based on their need and available funding at the time of the request.

LAUNCHPad is a great place to start. They are offering virtual career coaching appointments, online events to help students network and plan for their futures, and a curated selection of resources for working artists.

Student Affairs staff are available to help answer questions and to ensure that you have access to all of the resources you need to be successful in this unusual environment.

University Communications

Communication from the university regarding the growing COVID-19 epidemic and plans to address concerns regarding spread within the Hopkins community. Full communication from 3.2.20

A message from President Ron Daniels addressing the COVID-19 epidemic, closing JHU early for spring break, and announcing remote instruction until April 12. Full communication from 3.10.20

A message from Dean Fred Bronstein addressing the COVID-19 epidemic and Peabody specific information related to campus closing. Full communication from 3.10.20

Information from the Office of Student Affairs for students who have the need to remain in on-campus housing. Full communication from 3.10.20

Updates from the Office of Student Affairs to students who requested to remain in on-campus housing. Full communication from 3.13.20

A message from President Ron Daniels announcing transition to remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Full communication from 3.18.20

A message from Dean Fred Bronstein addressing Peabody-specific details regarding the continuation of remote learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Full communication from 3.18.20

A message from President Ron Daniels addressing the postponement of the 2020 in-person commencement ceremony, and announcing a virtual recognition for graduating students. Full communication from 3.18.20

Details regarding campus access, remote instruction, student employment, and student support during this period of remote learning from the Office of Student Affairs. Full communication from 3.20.20

Detailed resources for Peabody graduate students from the Offices of Student and Academic Affairs. Full communication from 3.23.20

Detailed resources for Peabody graduate students from the Offices of Student and Academic Affairs. Full communication from 3.23.20

Email from the Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate & the Vice Provost and Chief Risk Officer addressing facilities updates. Full communication from 3.23.20

Detailed information regarding updates to grading policies for the Spring 2020 semester. Full communication from 3.26.20

Updates for Residential students from the Office of Student Affairs regarding pro-rated credits for housing & meal plan charges, as well as the status of belongings remaining in the residence halls. Full communication from 3.28.20

A message from university leadership regarding the Governor’s Stay at Home order. Full communication from 3.30.20

Updates to mail policy on campus. Full communication from 4.2.20

Message from university leadership extending remote programs through June 30 and other updates for staff, faculty, and students. Full communication from 4.6.20

A message from President Daniels praising the response of the Hopkins community to COVID-19. Full communication from 4.7.20

A message from Dean Bronstein announcing that students have an extended deadline to take a Leave of Absence with a 40% tuition refund until April 17. There is also additional information about options for graduating students. Full communication from 4.10.20

A message from Dean Mathews sharing the link students can use to request a letter grade for their courses. Full communication from 4.10.20

A message from President Ron Daniels detailing the financial impact on JHU of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full communication from 4.21.20

A message from Dean Bronstein sharing Peabody-specific financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Full communication from 4.21.20

Announcing the new availability of telehealth resources for Johns Hopkins students and learners. Full communication from 4.24.20

Information from President Daniels and Provost Kumar regarding planning for the next academic year. Full communication from 5.5.20

Announcement of students nominated for advisory committee, including two Peabody students. Full communication from 5.12.20

A message from university leadership regarding the governor’s decision to lift the stay-at-home order effective 5.15. Full communication from 5.14.20

Announcement from Vice Provost for Research on plans to allow researchers to return to campus. Full communication from 5.19.20

Draft of recommended health and safety protocols to put in place when the university makes the decision to begin its gradual, multi-phase resumption of on-campus activities. Full communication from 5.28.20

Announcement from President Daniels that the Return to Campus Guidelines were available for comment. Full communication from 6.4.20

In a message to the Johns Hopkins community Friday, university leaders outlined its current plans and timeline for ensuring the safe return of students, faculty, and staff to university campuses for learning and research. Full communication from 6.5.20

Message from Dean Bronstein addressing Peabody-specific plans for returning to campus. Full communication from 6.8.20

JHU leadership outline plans for the undergraduate experience at JHU this fall. Full communication from 6.30.20

Dean Bronstein announces Peabody specific plans for the 2020-21 Academic Year. Full communication from 6.30.20

First, we want to reiterate how much the Peabody Conservatory values you as a person and for your contributions to our community. Our international students are an integral part of our campus and community life. We share your serious concerns about the new federal regulations affecting student visas, and we are committed to doing everything we can to enable you to continue in your Peabody studies. After examining the announced SEVP guidance in conjunction with University leaders, we believe our plan for hybrid instruction as announced last week will allow international students to begin or continue their studies in the U.S. this fall. Importantly, Peabody’s current plan for the fall includes continuing some in-person instruction for each of the 15 weeks including the final two weeks of the semester, after the Thanksgiving break. According to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Guidance, this would mean that new and returning international students will qualify for the Category Three hybrid operational model. OIS will need to reissue specially-notated I-20s for those who have already had one issued, and that office will be in direct communication with you in the near future about that, so please continue to monitor your email for changes and potential next steps. We are in constant communication with OIS and will continue to monitor this developing situation. While we hope to welcome you back in Baltimore as planned, we are also committed to delivering the entire curriculum online. If you choose to remain outside of the U.S., or are unable to travel to Baltimore, you can take all of your classes and make progress toward completing your degree as scheduled. We will be reaching out to all students in the coming days to confirm your plans for studying either on-site or remotely this fall. We understand that the potential impact of these new rules on you and your international student colleagues may be causing you a great deal of anxiety. Please note that the Student Wellness office has compiled strategies and resources that can help you take care of yourself during this very uncertain time. Indeed, the entire Peabody community stands to suffer and – given the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and our continuing need to be vigilant in responding to it – we know that our best-laid plans could still change. Should we see an outbreak of COVID on campus, or the State of Maryland resumes stay-at-home or lockdown orders, all classes will move to remote instruction. Unfortunately, the latest SEVIS guidance specifically addresses such a scenario, and would require all international students to depart the U.S. immediately. We are seeking elimination of this provision, but at this time, it will apply to any switch to remote instruction at any time during fall. We will keep you informed of any news or updates, and will continue to work with you to navigate these particularly difficult challenges. Sincerely, Fred Bronstein, Dean Abra Bush, Senior Associate Dean of Institute Studies Townsend Plant, Associate Dean for Enrollment and Student Life

Dear Peabody Students, Faculty, and Staff: We join with the entire Johns Hopkins community in celebrating today’s news which restores some measure of needed flexibility for our international students as the fall semester approaches. The opportunity to work with colleagues from around the world enriches the Peabody experience for all. Our international students are such an integral part of our community, and it is a great relief that the visa rules announced last week have been reversed. While there will still be challenges ahead, we remain committed to ensuring that every Peabody student has the opportunity to advance in their studies this fall. As our preparations to deliver the curriculum in a variety of modalities continue, we will remain in touch and we look forward to welcoming you back — on-site or learning remotely — soon. Best, Fred

Dean Bronstein announces plans regarding the fall 2020 semester and the decision to move to a fully online modality for the fall. Full communication from 7.31.20

To offer some relief, and in alignment with the University’s decision announced today to reduce Homewood undergraduate tuition by 10%, Peabody with assistance from the University will reduce the cost of attendance by making a one-time reduction in its planned fall semester undergraduate tuition of 10%. Full communication from 8.6.20

Dear Johns Hopkins Community: We write today to share the deeply disappointing news that we will not be able to come back together on our campuses this fall as we had planned. We will instead offer the fall 2020 semester online for all undergraduates and online with minimal exceptions for graduate students. As you know, our community has been working tirelessly to ready ourselves for a safe return to on-campus activities, shaped by the current science and best practices outlined by our public health experts, including our Health Advisory Group, and local, state, and national guidance. Unfortunately, the pandemic is worsening with cases trending in the wrong direction in our region and in states across the country. At the end of June, the daily rate of new COVID infections in Baltimore was 9 per 100,000; now it is 27 per 100,000, with the infection becoming particularly prevalent among young adults. Of particular concern, more than 30% of our undergraduates come from states designated as COVID hot spots. We have been operating successfully at a low density in controlled environments such as research labs and clinical settings, subject to strict public health requirements, but classrooms, co-curricular activities, and residential settings, taken together, pose a substantially greater potential for spread of the disease. Therefore, with the health and safety of our students, our faculty, and staff, and our neighbors in the broader Baltimore community foremost in mind, and after extensive consultation with our University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee and Student Advisory Committee about a wide range of alternatives, we reluctantly made the very difficult but necessary decision to change course and move to virtual modalities. We will, of course, continue to follow the trajectory of the pandemic with the hope that we can convene together in the spring. Here’s what you can expect with this change of plans: • All undergraduate instruction and activities this semester will be online. We are asking all undergraduates not to come to Baltimore at this time, as we will not be conducting academic or co-curricular activities for them on campus. As in the spring, students who have a demonstrated hardship related to their living situation or educational needs can apply for an exception to live on campus while taking courses online. • Graduate and professional programs will continue to evaluate their own operations, but graduate student instruction is expected to remain in an online/remote modality with few exceptions beyond on-campus research permitted under our Phase 1 guidelines. Graduate schools will be permitted, with approval from the Provost’s Office, to offer limited, in-person activities such as instruction for specific student cohorts or clinical, internship, laboratory, or practicum experiences that can be conducted safely with appropriate precautions. • For both undergraduate and graduate students, the university is helping its divisions provide a range of financial supports and cost reductions for students and their families during this very difficult time, including a one-time 10% reduction in the planned fall tuition for undergraduates. These measures vary among programs based on students’ needs and will be communicated by each division. • On-campus research activities will continue in accordance with the Phase 1 Return to Research Guidelines. This will include maintaining the occupancy rule in Hopkins laboratories at 400 gross square feet per person, or down to 200 gross square feet per person with an approved plan and use of nonlaboratory spaces when necessary while continuing to observe physical distance and other safety measures. • All employees who can work from home will continue to do so, and we expect that will be the case at least through the end of 2020. By working remotely, our staff are making a critical contribution to de-densifying our campuses so that we can safely resume critical in-person operations. Please look for resources and support programs on our HR website, including upcoming enhancements related to child care and other caregiving demands, which we know are placing tremendous strain on our community. • Health and safety remain our top priorities. We will issue updated guidance soon for those who have an exception or demonstrated hardship that requires them to be on campus. It will include updates on how to participate in daily self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms, protocols for required testing of those students with permission to live on campus. More detailed information on plans specific to each school will be shared in the coming days by your divisions, and we will continue to update the information on the university’s coronavirus information website. We remain immensely grateful to our entire community for your persistence, creativity, and determination. We are particularly thankful to all of you who have worked so hard over the past four months to explore every possible permutation for a return to campus life and to prepare us to deliver a compelling and valuable Hopkins experience to all we serve. The thorough planning and innovative ideas mean that we are prepared to provide the Johns Hopkins experience that we all know is possible regardless of the circumstances in which it is delivered and stand ready to reconvene fully in person when public health conditions permit. As ever, we are fortunate to be part of such an exceptional community and look forward to working alongside you once more this fall. Sincerely, Ronald J. Daniels President Sunil Kumar Provost Daniel Ennis Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations