Fall 2021

A message from Dr. Sean Atkinson, Director of the TCU School of Music

August 3, 2021

The TCU School of Music is working hard to continue with a safe, healthy, and music-filled Fall 2021. Our policies and procedures for this semester can be found on this website and may be updated as more empirical research is shared and guidance from local, state, and national offices direct us to change our planning. We look forward to welcoming our community of students, faculty, and staff back to campus in-person this semester.

This fall, we are also excited to welcome live audiences back on campus for all of our concerts and recitals at the TCU School of Music. TCU is operating with reduced COVID protocols, but we ask all audience members attending any of our events this fall to please wear a face covering and maintain at least 3-feet of physical distancing. Our complete policies and procedures can be found below and by following updates from TCU.

Visit our Calendar of Events and follow @TCUMusic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest events information.

Face coverings, including bell covers and Win-D-Fenders,  are expected for all individuals when indoors. Physical distancing is required for unvaccinated individuals.

Three feet of physical distance between students and six feet for instructors will be available in classrooms.

Faculty may wear face shields in exchange for masks only while teaching in the Teaching Zone. Masks should be worn while entering and exiting the Teaching Zone. Faculty should refer to the FAQs from the Office of the Provost for the full policy.

Lessons are not canceled in the TCU School of Music. All lessons will occur on campus. Three feet of physical distance between students and six feet for instructors will be available in classrooms. Face coverings, including bell covers and Win-D-Fenders,  are expected for all individuals when indoors. Physical distancing is required for unvaccinated individuals.

Three feet of physical distance between students and six feet for instructors will be available in classrooms.

Yes! Ensembles are NOT canceled at TCU. We will utilize larger spaces with physical distancing of 3 or more feet. Face coverings, including bell covers and Win-D-Fenders,  are expected for all individuals when indoors. Physical distancing is required for unvaccinated individuals.

ALL required music classes will be offered in-person in Fall 2021. No music courses will be offered hybrid or fully online.

Students have card swipe access to all practice rooms. Please reserve a practice room using the links below and follow safety guidelines.

  1. Wait 5 minutes before entering the practice room
  2. Wash/sanitize your hands before and after using the practice room
  3. Wear a mask when entering and exiting the practice room
  4. Leave provided cleaning materials in the room

General Music Practice Rooms

https://reserve.tcu.edu/?name=General%20Practice%20Rooms

Piano Wing

https://reserve.tcu.edu/?name=Piano%20Practice%20Rooms

Yes! Juries and sophomore barriers will be in-person during study days: December 9 & 10.

Yes. Please fill out the Recital Scheduling Form and work with your applied faculty member and Mrs. Nita Ferrell to identify an agreeable date, time, and location.

All Fall 2021 recitals will be scheduled with the same priority process as in previous years.

Student Recital Guidelines

  • Face coverings, including bell covers and Win-D-Fenders,  are expected for all individuals when indoors. Physical distancing is required for unvaccinated individuals.
  • No food or beverages will be served.
  • The default recital option is with an in-person audience.
  • Unvaccinated audience members are expected to wear a face covering and physical distance.

Failure to adhere to any of the guidelines outlined above will result in the following.

  • The event livestream will be turned off and the performance will be stopped.
  • Any in-person audience members will be asked to leave the hall.
  • The student will be reported to the Director and Dean for violating TCU policy.
  • Depending on the severity of the violation, the Director and Dean will determine any additional penalties including, but not limited to, escalating the case to the Dean of Students and Chancellor.

Students have card swipe access to all practice rooms. Please reserve a practice room using the links below and follow safety guidelines.

  1. Wait 5 minutes before entering the practice room
  2. Wash/sanitize your hands before and after using the practice room
  3. Wear a mask when entering and exiting the practice room
  4. Leave provided cleaning materials in the room

To reserve practice rooms, please go to:

General Music Practice Rooms

https://reserve.tcu.edu/?name=General%20Practice%20Rooms

Piano Wing

https://reserve.tcu.edu/?name=Piano%20Practice%20Rooms

Percussion Practice Rooms

https://reserve.tcu.edu/?name=Percussion%20Practice%20Rooms

If unreserved, the rooms are available on a “first come, first served basis”.

If you have any questions regarding practice rooms, please contact Sarah Walters at 817-257-7232 or s.walters77@tcu.edu.

Please use the following web-based practice room reservation system. QR codes with links to these pages will be available outside of each practice room.

General Music Practice Rooms

https://reserve.tcu.edu/?name=General%20Practice%20Rooms

Piano Wing

https://reserve.tcu.edu/?name=Piano%20Practice%20Rooms

Face coverings, including bell covers and Win-D-Fenders,  are expected for all individuals when indoors. Face coverings must be worn even if alone in non-private spaces. Physical distancing is required for unvaccinated individuals.

Hand sanitizing stations are readily available throughout the building. Students are encouraged to wash and/or sanitize their hands both before and after using practice rooms.

All practice rooms will have their own H13 HEPA Filtration system that utilizes four levels of filtration to remove 99.9% of particles down to 0.1 microns. Based on the square footage of our practice rooms, these portable systems will clean the air in 5 minutes. Therefore, all students must wait 5 minutes before entering a practice room to allow the room’s air to clear.

First, we’ve gone through all our practice rooms and removed any chairs that have fabric. Seating in these rooms will either be a piano bench or Wenger Student Chair – both of which are solid surfaces that can be wiped down.

Second, the only practice rooms with carpeting are in Waits Hall. Therefore, we plan to have antibacterial spray (similar to Lysol spray) available in those rooms for students to spray the carpet.

Next, all students in the School of Music will be provided with a towel to wipe up any moisture they leave behind on a surface and/or to blow condensation off a key.

All rooms with pianos will have bactericidal/virucidal wipes available to clean the keyboards of the pianos. These wipes are rated to clean a surface in 1 minute following application. It is vital to everyone’s health that these wipes remain in the practice rooms.

TCU and the School of Music’s offerings will be fully in-person and on campus in Fall 2021. Any additional questions or concerns should be sent to https://internationalservices.tcu.edu/

Please stay in close communication with your embassy as some appointments do become available from time to time. However, please know that wherever you are in the world, you can still take classes online at TCU and in the School of Music. Please also let both Mrs. Liz Branch and Dr. Paul Cortese know of your current plans.

Each person’s circumstances will be different. Please consult with both Mrs. Liz Branch and Dr. Paul Cortese on your plans.

Classes begin on Monday, August 23 and the last day of final exams is Friday, December 17. The last day for scheduled recitals and concerts in the School of Music will be Wednesday, December 8. For more information on the Fall 2021 academic calendar, visit:  http://www.reg.tcu.edu/fall-academic-calendar.asp

Details will continue to be shared with all faculty, staff, and students via their TCU e-mail address. Please visit https://www.tcu.edu/coronavirus for campus-wide updates.

Contact your applied instructor, ensemble director, or division chair. Their contact information can be found in our online directory.

If you are unsure who to contact, email music@tcu.edu

Visit https://www.tcu.edu/coronavirus for campus-wide updates.

Details will continue to be shared with all faculty, staff, and students via their TCU e-mail address. Additionally, for the latest campus-wide updates, please continue to check https://www.tcu.edu/protect-the-purple/index.php 

 

Review TCU’s Protect the Purple page for additional steps you’ll need to take for fall.

Please also review TCU’s Connected Campus Guide for students and families and the Self-Report Form.

You can view updates on TCU Dining Services here.

Regular business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM. Access is available via TCU ID swipe outside of these hours.

Being together this fall and keeping everyone safe will require working together. Faculty, staff, and students are being asked to disinfect shared spaces before and after use, using cleaning materials provided by TCU.

Please check the Additional Resources tab for a list of on-campus and virtual support services.

All faculty and staff contact information can be found in our online directory.

Faculty – Visit Ramping Up Rapidly for TCU Online and course design resources.

Students – Visit https://tcuonline.tcu.edu/students-how-to-access-courses-in-tcu-online/ to get started with TCU Online

Students – International Services: https://tcuonline.tcu.edu/students-how-to-access-courses-in-tcu-online/

Students – Student Access & Accommodation: https://www.tcu.edu/access-accommodation/index.php

Students – Scholarships and Financial Aid: https://financialaid.tcu.edu/

Counseling & Mental Health Center: https://counseling.tcu.edu/

CARE: https://care.tcu.edu/

Brown-Lupton Health Center: https://healthcenter.tcu.edu/

 

The TCU Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to TCU students involved in a catastrophic or emergency situation. These include circumstances which are sudden, unexpected, and/or affect a student’s ability to function. Examples include but are not limited to: an accident, illness, emergency or necessary travel, family emergencies, fire damage, or need for temporary housing. Some funds may be counted as income and are subject to federal taxes.

Apply: https://faith.tcu.edu/support-and-care/