Current Students

The UMD Department of Music prides itself in the accomplishment of our majors.  Whether you are an undergraduate music major or a graduate seeking a Master’s degree in music, our Music Department is committed to assisting students achieve demanding standards of performance and scholarship in the classroom, the rehearsal room, and on stage.  We encourage our students to make ethical and gratifying choices as citizens within the musical community.


Welcome Music Students

Everyone at the University Minnesota Duluth Department of Music is excited to see our music students back on campus this fall and to welcome our new music majors. While the operations of our department will definitely look much different this year, we planned and will work to ensure the high-quality learning experience students at the UMD Department of Music are accustomed to, while also protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

This page is intended to serve as the starting point for information you need for your safety and the success of the approaching academic year. It will regularly be updated as we receive new information.

Please check out new faculty members Henry Eichman, Dr. Hye Youn Jang, Sean Phelan, and Dr. Diana Shapiro in the Music Faculty & Staff Directory.

General COVID-19 Information

The University of Minnesota Duluth has developed specific policies that are intended to mitigate the possibilities of contracting COVID-19 while on campus. If you have not done so already, please go to this website to view information on UMD’s COVID-19 policies and safety health guidelines:

The University-wide policies apply, but there are supplemental policies for the Department of Music that are specific to music practice and performance situations. The very act of singing or playing brass or wind instrument produces aerosol particles at a higher rate than regular talking. These aerosols, if infected, are what spread the virus. If you are a voice or wind player, the aerosol will spread, and we are asking you to use common sense and be cognizant of practicing social distancing during live rehearsals so that you can protect others from the possibility of spreading the virus.

Students should not enter the Music Department facilities or participate in any Department of Music activities if they are symptomatic or have active coronavirus infection and should not return until the student complies to University coronavirus guidelines as stated on the MTest Protocol and can be assured a safe return to the UMD campus. Please visit this website for information:

This memo does not cover all the possible situations that might potentially occur and where infectious aerosols or droplets might be produced. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions or concerns.

Your Classes At UMD

For the fall semester all of your classes will be offered in six different modes of course delivery. You may see these variations listed below with a short description of how instruction is being offered in these different modes. The decisions for the choices are based on several factors, including the ability to maintain appropriate classroom physical distancing, proper ventilation, the nature of the needs of the classes and the professor’s preference. If you have not done so already, you can find out the particular mode of delivery for the class by going to the course catalog listing online. Please know that the instructor of the class is not obligated to offer the course in any other mode of delivery than what has been chosen. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the Music Department offices.

Teaching format options: 

  1. Online – fully online with no set meeting pattern (asynchronous delivery)
  2. Remote Class – fully online with set meeting patterns (faculty and students meet virtually at a set meeting time), both students and instructor fully online (synchronous delivery) 
  3. Blended Class, variation 1 – both in person and online/asynchronous. Some students face-to-face while other students are online with no set meeting pattern. The online students receive an "identical" learning experience over a prescribed period of time. E.g., if the face-to-face students receive "lesson 1" this week, so do the online students. Exams are the same dates for both, progression of material is the same for both, etc.
  4. Blended Class, variation 2 – both in person and online/synchronous. Some students face-to-face while other students receive instruction remotely with a set meeting pattern.
  5. Blended Class, variation 3 – “rolling attendance,” meaning only some students attend face-to-face at designated times, while others attend virtually either synchronously or asynchronously. The students who attend face-to-face may vary from class period to class period or week to week.
  6. Fully face-to-face – in-person class. Note: this option can only be used if the instructor and faculty are sure the room can accommodate the number of students given the requirements of physical distancing. 

Department of Music COVID-19 related modifications

Applied (Private) lessons

Most applied lessons at UMD will be delivered remotely. There are a few that will do a Blended mode, and several will likely do some face-to-face instruction. Like your academic classes, you can find out the particular mode of delivery for applied lessons by going to the course catalog listing online. For those lessons that are being delivered in-person, students should know that they may request for the Remote mode of course delivery for applied lessons. If you have not heard from your applied instructor, students should feel free to contact them before the beginning of the semester to discuss the details regarding scheduling, course delivery and location, and whether there is any face-to-face delivery.

Technology for Lessons and Ensembles

This year the Music Department has purchased Zoom Cameras for students to use in their applied lessons and ensembles. These will be available to students and faculty the first week of classes. There will be instructions on how to use this equipment at the time the equipment is issued. UMD is working to make sure that all students have the equipment and access to internet service so that the expectations of the course requirements can be met. If you find yourself in a situation that is not adequate to meet the demands of the course due to inadequate technology, please let your instructor(s) know, and they will notify the appropriate person(s) of the problem.

Social Distancing Requirements in Teaching Spaces

A minimum of 6-feet distancing is required in all Music Department spaces, including the commons area in the Chester Park Building. There will be rooms and situations where up to a 12-foot distancing requirement will be expected. Please do not congregate before or after classes and rehearsals. Music Department Faculty are asked to dismiss students in smaller groups to help maintain appropriate distancing protocol and discourage the congregating of students.

TA Offices

Graduate Teaching Assistants who share offices must develop office schedules that allow for proper 6-foot distancing. TAs must wear masks at all times when inhabiting their office with another TA.

UMD Music Department Ventilation and Air Quality.

The University had specialists test the music classrooms, rehearsal rooms and practice rooms and they have approved the ventilation and air quality of these rooms. When using these rooms you will be expected to wear your face masks. Protocols regarding vacancy periods required for air-scrubbing between students will be clearly displayed. There will be designated aerosol-producing practice rooms.

Room Capacities and Student Traffic Protocols

Each instructional space will be labeled with the maximum capacity for that room based on social distancing guidelines. Chairs/tables/desks will be spaced in each room with floor markings. Student traffic patterns will be laid out through some of the halls in the Music Department facilities. We ask you to use these a guide when moving between classes.

Face Coverings

Face masks are required to be worn on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus at all times. 

Within the within the Department of Music, the only exceptions to the University’s mandated face covering policy are in relation to music making (woodwinds, brass, voice) when masks may be temporarily removed. In these situations, only the students or faculty who are required to sing/play may choose to remove their masks with proper spacing, protective barriers and other pre-established precautions in place. 

All University of Minnesota Duluth students will be provided with two disposable face masks,

Signage reinforcing the importance of face coverings for virus control will be posted throughout the Music Department. 

In some instances, a supply of extra disposable masks will be available for those that need one.

Performances for Fall Semester 2020

We are still not sure if we will be able to host live concerts this semester. If we do have performances this fall, a majority of them will be live streamed or recorded for later viewing. Maximum audience capacity for Weber Music Hall will be approximately 70 persons, as per University guidelines. Guests wishing to attend a live concert should contact the Box Office at 218-726-8877 or go to These restrictions will be in effect for Weber Music Hall until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. 

All audience members must wear masks, follow labeled traffic patterns, and use only designated seats. The first two rows of Weber Music Hall will be unavailable for audience use.

Data on optimal stage placement and/or concert seating and the Hall balcony use is currently in progress.

Ensembles Rehearsal and Performance Guidelines

All ensembles will follow these basic guidelines:
There will be ensemble rehearsals this fall semester. It will not be possible to have any live indoor rehearsals for large ensembles with all members present if membership exceeds the stated capacity of the ensembles rehearsal location. Large ensembles will need to be divided into various smaller groups for rehearsals and performances, even if they are held either in outdoor spaces, large spaces, or virtually.

Here are items to remember.

  1. Masks are required for everyone unless specified in the syllabus with detailed precautions and procedures in place.
  2. Social distancing of 6 feet is required for all non-aerosol students (strings, piano, percussion).
  3. Social distancing of 12 feet is required for the vocal students. Trombones should practice a distancing of 9 feet. All others should be spaced at a 6 foot distance.
  4. Student capacity and placement within specific physical spaces has been assessed based on the classroom size and the ventilation/circulation research. We will have those capacities and they will be posted outside
  5. For aerosol producing instruments, masks should be worn while in rehearsals or performances but not playing (that is, keep a mask under the chin and replace it during rests or breaks in playing).
  6. Rehearsal times will need to be limited in length, both for starting times and ending times, to allow time for air-scrubbing to clear the aerosol in the room. That time period will be determined soon.
  7. Instrumental students should collect water from their instruments responsibly and cleanly in a Lysol-soaked cloth stored in a plastic bag. No water should be expelled onto floors or common surfaces. Do not force air through the instrument or its parts to expel water.
  8. Do not blow air to clean waterlogged keys on the woodwinds. (i.e., blowing out tone holes).
  9. Instrument swabs should be handled with care.
  10. No instrument reeds should be shared.
  11. No buzzing on mouthpieces as this may produce more aerosols and droplets than most other activities.
  12. Students are responsible for cleaning music stands, keyboards and other touched surfaces before and after rehearsals (supplies and instructions provided).

Preliminary plans for major ensembles

All ensemble directors are making plans for this semester. For information on plans for major ensembles, you should contact the instructor by email.

Practice Rooms

By now you should have received a survey from the department asking you to let us know your need for access to on-campus practice rooms for this semester. Thank you to all who responded. Please know that the Department of Music is committed to making sure that all Music students have safe and adequate spaces to practice this semester.

We are presently working on several scenarios to provide the practice spaces that will meet UMD’s COVID-19 policies and safety health guidelines.