Covid-19 Information and Resources

The following page details COVID information and resources for the Department of Music. Those that are looking for WWU campus COVID information should visit Western's Coronavirus Information site.

Performing Arts Center Hours and Safety Guidelines

This section includes PAC hours during winter and spring 2021, and information regarding required COVID testing, daily attestation, and PAC safety guidelines. 

Performing Arts Center Hours

  • March 20-29: PAC is closed for all student use.
  • March 30-April 2: PAC is open 8 am-9 pm with door monitors. 
  • April 5-June 10: PAC is open Monday-Friday 7 am-10 pm with door monitors from 7 pm - 10 pm.
  • Weekends and Holidays: PAC is open 10 am - 5 pm with door monitors all hours.

Safety Guidelines and Requirements

All students accessing the PAC must complete the Spring PAC Access form. Carefully read the following options and fill out the Spring 2021 Access Form when appropriate.

  • Weekly or Bi-Weekly Access: Students who need weekly or bi-weekly access to the PAC for classes, remote-learning, or regular rehearsals should fill out the Spring Access Form immediately. Opera students are already coded to be enrolled but must fill out the access form for COVID tracking purposes.
  • Variable/Occasional Access: A small percentage of students will come to the PAC less frequently than every two weeks. These students will be enrolled in the badge system when they notify us in advance of their trip through the Spring 2021 Access form. A minimum of 5 business days before the visit is required to ensure enrollment and for students to schedule their COVID test. These students may also choose to fill out the form immediately to avoid having to notify us, but they are responsible for being batch tested every two weeks on campus.

All students accessing the PAC for classes, practice rooms, remote-learning, or rehearsals must be tested on campus every two weeks and fill out the daily attestation form according to university policy and guidelines.

A mask is required for all students, faculty, and staff in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

  • Brass, voice, wind: Brass, voice, and wind students rehearsing alone in a practice room, remote-learning room, or rehearsal room may remove their mask during their reservation.
  • Guitar, percussion, piano, and strings: Guitar, percussion, piano, and strings students must always keep their masks on in the PAC at all times.
  • Recitals: Those performing a solo recital may remove their mask if indicated by the department through recital guidelines.

Students, faculty, and staff cannot enter any space during ventilation time. Students cannot enter a room unless it is previously reserved for practice, remote-learning, rehearsals, or FTF classes. Students must leave the PAC immediately after their last class or reservation.

Using the instructions posted in each room, use a disinfecting wipe to wipe down anything you have touched including doorknobs, light switches, and music stands. Dispose of wipes in trash cans located in the practice room hallway. Do NOT use bleach wipes on the pianos.

The ICS team and university consider the use of the PAC as a privilege. Any student who fails to follow guidelines will lose access to the PAC. Thousands of other students need/want to access campus spaces that are unavailable to them. Your cooperation is a shared responsibility and crucial for the safety of all students, faculty, and staff in the CFPA and university.

PAC Space Available to Students

This section contains information for reserving PAC practice rooms, and requests for remote-learning rooms, and rehearsal space. 

Practice Rooms

PAC practice rooms are currently restricted to music majors and minors and those enrolled in music courses. 

Spring 2021 practice rooms are available for reservation through the Spring 2021 Practice Room Reservation sheet. The Spring PAC Access Form must be submitted prior to making a reservation.

Please review the following changes to practice rooms according to the area.

  • Piano: Piano students will make reservations according to a long-standing schedule based on year of study. Please check your WWU email for more information.
  • Percussion: Percussion students can now use PAC 009, 011, 012, as the LL2 renovation is complete. PAC 023 is still available for drumset practice.
  • Brass, guitar, string, voice, wind: These areas can use practice rooms on LL1 and LL2. LL1 practice rooms will have 2-hour time slots, LL2 will have just 1-hour time slots to provide variety and access to newly renovated rooms.

The PAC practice rooms will continue to be locked for spring 2021. Students can continue to use the keys checked out during winter 2021 to access space after making a reservation. If a key is needed, please go to the music office to check out a key according to your area of study.

  • Percussion: Percussion students will need a percussion practice room key and a PAC 23 key to access the drumset practice room.
  • Piano: Piano students will need the piano practice room key to access the piano practice rooms. Specific piano students will be able to check out a key for PA 140 and PA 170.
  • All other areas: Brass, guitar, string, voice, and wind students will need a practice room (PR) key only.

Remote-Learning and Rehearsal Rooms

Requests for remote-learning rooms and rehearsal spaces for spring quarter will be accepted starting March 15 through the Remote-learning and Rehearsal Request form.

Priority is given to courses that are performance or participation-based. These include applied lessons, pedagogy labs, aural skills, jazz ensembles, etc. Students in a lecture course with minimal or no participation, please plan to use the on-campus computer labs in Haggard Hall.

Links and Resources

Spring 2021 Access Form

Carefully read the following options and submit the Spring 2021 Access Form (Links to an external site.) when appropriate.

  • Weekly or Bi-Weekly Access: Students who need weekly or bi-weekly access to the PAC for classes, remote-learning, or regular rehearsals should fill out the Spring Access Form immediately. Opera students are already coded to be enrolled but must fill out the access form for COVID tracking purposes
  • Variable/Occasional Access: A small percentage of students will come to the PAC less frequently than every two weeks. These students will be enrolled in the badge system when they notify us in advance of their trip through the Spring 2021 Access form. A minimum of 5 business days before the visit is required to ensure enrollment and for students to schedule their tests. These students may also choose to fill out the form immediately to avoid having to notify us, but they are responsible for being batch tested every two weeks on campus.

Performances and Course Modality

Spring 2021 Recitals

Spring 2021 recitals are scheduled through the Spring Recital Request & Reservations form. Students have three modality options to perform their recital. Each of these options has specific guidelines and safety requirements.

Students should review the information in the Music Recital Information Packet

Option 1

Pre-Record off-campus and submit an edited video for broadcast.

  • Live and recorded accompaniment is permissible.
  • Two-hour time limit for recording.
  • Student must supply their recording equipment. Cameras can be checked out through ATUS.
  • Students will be required to initially run their recital as if it were a live performance. After the initial run-through, students may re-record material until the two-hour time limit is reached. If multiple takes are needed, they must be edited together before submission.

Option 2

Pre-Record in the PAC and submit an edited video for broadcast

  • Live and recorded accompaniment is permissible.
  • Two-hour time limit for recording.
  • Student must supply their own recording equipment. Cameras can be checked out through ATUS.
  • Students will be required to initially run their recital as if it were a live performance. After the initial run-through, students may re-record material until their reservation is over. If multiple takes are needed, each preferred take must be edited together before submission.

Option 3

Perform and simultaneously live-stream your recital.

  • Live and recorded accompaniment is permissible.
  • The reservation will be 1.5 hours total. 30 minutes for set up and a maximum of one hour for the event.

All regular safety guidelines are to be followed while in the PAC. Special approvals have been given for each recital modality option. The following safety guidelines are approved for reserved recording sessions and live stream only, they will not apply to in-person classes, remote-learning rooms, rehearsals, or practice rooms. Please review the PAC safety requirements on the Music COVID Information page.

Off-Campus Recording

  • Off-campus venues must be pre-approved by the Music Department Chair. The venue must be large enough to allow for 20-feet of distance between the performer and collaborative pianist or accompanying musician.
  • An assistant is allowed to record the recital and must wear a mask at all times. A minimum of 20 feet of physical distancing is required between the soloist and the assistant. No other friends, family, instructors, or audience members may be present in the room or backstage during the recording session.
  • The performer must ensure that all sanitization guidelines required by the university are followed during the recording of the recital.

On-Campus Recording and Live Stream

  • Students must not enter a space until the time of their reservation and allow for proper ventilation. This is a very important step to keep everyone safe.
  • String and percussion instruments must maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distancing with their accompanist and a mask is required. Brass & woodwind instruments must maintain a minimum of 9 feet of physical distancing and wear a mask during set up, breakdown, and long periods of rest. Vocalists may perform without a face covering, so long as they are at least 15 feet physically distanced from the pianist/accompanist and wear a mask during set up, breakdown, and long periods of rests
  • An applied instructor may be present during the recording or live-stream with a mask. No other friends, family, instructors, or audience members may be present in the room or backstage during the recording session.
  • An assistant is allowed to help record a broadcast recital and must wear a mask at all times. A minimum of 20 feet of physical distancing is required between the soloist and the assistant.

Students may request 45-min live rehearsals with their accompanist in the PAC Concert through the Remote-Learning and Rehearsal form after their broadcast or live-stream date has been confirmed. Time slots will be scheduled on a space-available basis. An applied instructor can be present during the live rehearsals with a mask.

Concerts and Course Modality

We are currently unable to host public performances inside the Performing Arts Center. All concerts will be broadcast through the music live-stream page. The department is considering outside concerts performed at various locations throughout campus.

We will update this page as state and university COVID restrictions evolve.  

Lecture courses will be offered remote synchronous or asynchronous following the ICS guidelines.

Experiential courses such as ensembles, lessons, pedagogy labs, and chamber music will be taught FTF, hybrid, or fully remote contingent on faculty decision. However, brass, voice, and wind ensembles, and applied lessons must be taught remotely.

All students have the right to opt-out of FTF instruction for required major or minor courses. Students who chose not to participate in FTF instruction will be provided a remote option to obtain access to the curriculum and lectures.

Course modality for fall 2021 is not yet decided. We will send an announcement to students and post more information here when this information becomes available. 

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact the Program Coordinator, Lee Anne Frahn if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking for more information?

If you have any questions, we're happy to find you an answer. Call the Music Department Office 360-650-3130, or view the directory of faculty and staff.