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Whalen Center COVID-19 Safety Status

The School of Music has instituted these color code alerts to address the specific and unique needs of our students, faculty, and staff for safe use of the Whalen Center for Music facilities.
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Whalen Center COVID-19 Alert Level

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Green: Lower Risk

The information and protocols presented here are in addition to the Ithaca College Health and Safety Plan. For more specific information, please refer to the School of Music Operations Manual (pdf) (login required).

Green: Lower Risk

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What does it mean?

In-person instruction, live performances with safety protocols in place.

how it works:

  • All instruments maintain 6’-12’ physical distance, Voice 12’-20’. More distance recommended where possible.
  • Students may rehearse/perform in small groups with a face covering and instrumental PPE while maintaining physical distancing of 6-20 feet in large spaces or outdoors.
  • Instrumental PPE and face coverings required for all collaborative and group music making experiences/in space with others.
  • Puppy Pads required for all water key emptying – in all spaces including practice rooms.
  • Small groups and ensembles with aerosolized instruments may rehearse or perform for a maximum of 30 minutes in one space, then the room must be left empty for 25 minutes to air out.
  • Students may remove face covering and instrumental PPE to practice when alone in a space with the door closed.
  • For all aerosolized instruments, students may practice solo in a room with the door closed for up to 30 minutes, then the room must be left vacant with the door closed for a minimum of 15 minutes for the air handlers and/or air purifier to clear the air.
  • Rooms must be left vacant with the door closed for a minimum of 15 minutes between each solo lesson or solo practice session. 
  • Face coverings, instrumental PPE, physical distancing required for all performances with live audience and in person collaboration.
  • Solo players or singers may remove face coverings or instrumental PPE for performances with recorded accompaniment and livestreamed audience.

Yellow: Low to Moderate Risk

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What does it mean?

In-person instruction, live performances with all safety protocols in place.

how it works:

  • All instruments maintain 6’-12’ physical distance, Voice 12’-20’. More distance recommended where possible.
  • Students may rehearse/perform in small groups with a face covering and instrumental PPE while maintaining physical distancing of 6-20 feet in large spaces or outdoors.
  • Instrumental PPE and face coverings required for all collaborative and group music making experiences/in space with others.
  • Puppy Pads required for all water key emptying – in all spaces including practice rooms.
  • Small groups and ensembles with aerosolized instruments may rehearse or perform for a maximum of 30 minutes in one space, then the room must be left empty for 25 minutes to air out.
  • Students may remove face covering and instrumental PPE to practice when alone in a space with the door closed.
  • For all aerosolized instruments, students may practice solo in a room with the door closed for up to 30 minutes, then the room must be left vacant with the door closed for a minimum of 15 minutes for the air handlers and/or air purifier to clear the air.
  • Rooms must be left vacant with the door closed for a minimum of 15 minutes between each solo lesson or solo practice session.
  • It is recommended that all accompaniment is remote or pre-recorded where possible.
  • Face coverings, instrumental PPE, physical distancing required for all performances.

Orange: Moderate Risk

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What does it mean?

In-person instruction, live performances with all safety protocols in place, unless current college-wide safety levels dictate otherwise.

how it works:

  • Whalen access granted for solo practice.
  • Live performances for students in final semester may be permitted with remote audiences and guidance from IC Health and Safety Group. 
  • Remote lessons, instruction, rehearsals only.
  • Practice rooms may be open to School of Music students via ID card entry for solo practice only. This will be assessed in consultation with the IC HSAG in an ongoing way according to virus threat. 
  • Face coverings and instrumental ppe must be worn in all practice rooms.

Red: Higher Risk

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What does it mean?

Significant increase in incidence and/or concerns related to available quarantine, isolation and/or local hospital capacity.

how it works:

  • Remote teaching and instruction only. 
  • Rehearsing and performing are not allowed in the building.

ALL STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF PLEASE REVIEW ITHACA COLLEGE RETURN TO CAMPUS WEB PAGE FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

RETURN TO CAMPUS

In addition to all Ithaca College Health and Safety Guidelines, The School of Music will follow all listed guidelines and protocols found in the School of Music Operations Manual located on the School of Music Sakai Site. 

A LIST OF FAQ'S CAN BE FOUND HERE.

STUDENTS MAY FIND THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HELPFUL:

HOW CAN I REQUEST A LAPTOP TO SUPPORT MY LEARNING, TEACHING, OR WORKING FROM HOME?

  • Students: Students should complete the Keep Learning - Student Technology Request form (netpass login required). 
  • Faculty: Faculty members should have received an email from their Dean to assess computer needs. Please work through your Dean to request a laptop/technology equipment from IT.
  • Staff: After discussing your technology needs with your Director, AVP or VP, please complete the: Working Remote - IC Staff Technology Request form to request resources (netpass login required).

NEW RESOURCES FOR PERFORMING AND STREAMING A REMOTE RECITAL

For information and tips on how to perform a remote recital, please click HERE.

HOW CAN I REQUEST A COLLABORATIVE PIANIST WHILE AWAY FROM CAMPUS?

Ithaca College Collaborative Pianists may still be requested using the online request form HERE. These hours are free for students.

Once the collaborative pianists receives your request, they will reach out to you to coordinate a time to work with them through Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime. Please work with your studio teacher to find out the best way to use these resources.