Updated August 6, 2020

The Center for Musical Arts is here for you. We want to welcome you back to the building to make music safely, and we have come up with the following strategies to operate within the State of Colorado and City of Lafayette Covid-19 guidelines for as long as they remain in effect. Other information has come from the sources/studies listed below.

Of course, nothing is for certain. We may open the doors one day and have to close again the next, depending on the trajectory of the virus. Our commitment is to health and safety, and we will not jeopardize the health of teachers or students in the building.

The Center for Musical Arts has been in consultation with the Boulder County Health Department, and they have advised us to set the following guidelines and protocols for in-person music activities:

  • The Fall 2020 term begins on August 24 and ends on November 21. Lessons can continue online for the month of December if students choose this option. Winter/Spring 2021 details will be finalized when more information and guidelines become available.
  • In keeping with guidelines, mainly from the Boulder Valley School District, we will start Fall Term primarily online, and re-evaluate by the end of September. Some individual lessons may take place, but on a case by case basis. Both teachers and students can choose to participate in online instruction only. It is also possible to combine online and in-person lessons (for example, three lessons per month may be online and one will happen in person, or some other combination agreed upon by teachers and students), again on a case by case basis.
  • At this time, there is too much risk to offer in-person woodwind, brass, or voice lessons. Lessons in these areas will remain online until it is safe to reconvene in person. Concert Band, Coro Santuario, and Jazz Ensemble will be suspended for fall semester. *Please note: we are exploring options for outdoor lessons for brass instruments, and may be able to offer limited in-person lessons.
  • There will be no in-person classes or ensembles until we re-evaluate at the end of September.
  • If families or neighborhoods have created Learning Pods, we may be able to provide instructional support. Contact Nancy Brace (nancy@comusic.org) to inquire and to make arrangements.
  • Enrolled students must sign a Covid waiver before admittance to the first lesson. (Waiver is included in enrollment materials and available on the website.)
  • All in-person lessons will be limited to 30 minutes for the foreseeable future. If you want longer lessons, please enroll for online instruction.
  • There will be a check-in system for students arriving for lessons. Students should text their teacher upon arrival. Upon entering the building, students must sanitize their hands before entering the studio.
  • Only students will be admitted to the building for lessons. Parents are asked to drop-off and pick-up only. (Parents can attend lessons for very young students).
  • As per the City of Lafayette, children over the age of 2 must wear face-coverings in the building (City of Lafayette ordinance). Students and teachers must be masked at all times in the building.
  • Proper distancing will be marked and must be observed in the studio. The larger performance spaces will be used for teaching whenever possible.
  • The waiting area will be only for parents/students when drop-off/pick-up is not possible. Only 4 people can be in the waiting area at a time. Distancing must be observed.
  • There will be a 15-minute gap between each lesson, giving teachers time to clean and disinfect surfaces, keyboards, door handles, etc. There will be plenty of disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer in each studio as well as at stations around the building.
  • There will be enhanced cleaning protocols for the building, especially surfaces, door handles, and rest rooms.
  • Students must bring their own water bottles; the water fountains will be out of service. Students should also bring their own pencils and instrument accessories.
  • Each studio is now equipped with a HEPA air filter and ventilation is increased. Windows will be open in studios where it is possible.
  • In-person recitals and other performances are suspended until guidelines for gatherings are lifted. Virtual studio classes and recitals are encouraged!
  • Suzuki instruction may take place on a limited basis. Parents should expect to attend the lesson with their child. Please confirm specific guidelines with the Student Services Office and your teacher.

Our plans are continuing to develop with student and faculty safety in mind. You can email Kathy Kucsan, Education Director, at kathyk@comusic.org if you have questions or concerns.

Resources:
https://slippedisc.com/2020/06/a-full-assessment-of-the-covid-risk-of-playing-wind-instruments/
https://www.nfhs.org/media/4029952/preliminary-testing-report-7-13-20.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3yejGF7ycO4q8j5Q7Whl_OnUqiIpbnZFOma6xkaYTYTFaWzaNIxV-Vl7I
https://covid19.colorado.gov/prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
https://smtd.colostate.edu/reducing-bioaerosol-emissions-and-exposures-in-the-performing-arts/ (Study in planning stages; white paper available at this link)
CU-Boulder College of Music – Meeting on Aerosol Dispersal; Notes from July 17 meeting