COVID-19 Protocols

Hybrid Programming

CMSS is currently offering in-person and virtual music instruction.

Effective June 27th, 2022, wearing a mask (including musician masks, bell covers, etc.) at CMSS will be optional for all students and vaccinated staff.

For those who are concerned about learning in a mask-optional environment, you may continue to wear a mask. If you choose to wear a mask, your teacher is prepared to wear their mask with you. You may also choose to take online lessons.

Unvaccinated faculty are required to wear a face covering at all times while in the building, and unvaccinated students are encouraged to do the same.

We will continue to monitor the health of our community closely and if necessary will return to masked in-person lessons for the safety of our school community.

CMSS is a community that cares for each other. 

While we celebrate this step toward our “next normal,” we must focus on how we care for each other, even if our own risk perceptions and tolerances are different from others.

  • Stay home if you’re sick. Please do not come to CMSS if you have symptoms consistent with COVID. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID19 may return to CMSS in person only if it has been at least 5 days since their positive COVID test, their symptoms are improving, they haven’t had a fever for at least 24 hours, and they continue to wear their mask until 10 days after their positive test.
  • Remain free of assumption based on a persons’ choice to wear or not wear a mask. Some may choose to wear a mask, say no to an event, or otherwise exercise more caution than others.
  • If your music teacher asks you to wear a mask, please consider doing so even if the rules don’t require it. Keep in mind they may be at a higher risk or caring for others at a higher risk.

Specific masking guidelines for each instrument: 

String, guitar, percussion, and piano players, and music therapy/production/composition/theory students:

  • Wear a mask that fully covers your nose and mouth during your entire music lesson, class, or ensemble.

Vocalists:

  • You are more than welcome to wear the mask you typically wear, but it may be more comfortable to purchase a special singers’ mask. We recommend singers’ masks like this one with the MERV 13 filter.

Flute players:

  • You will need to purchase or make a flute mask. We recommend something like this or this.

Oboe, clarinet, and bassoon players:

  • Musician’s masks and bell covers will need to be worn during your lesson or ensemble. While you play, you’ll put your mouthpiece through your musician’s mask, and when you’re ready to talk, you will place a regular mask over the opening in your musician’s mask. Check it out in this video
  • You can easily make a musician’s mask at home by simply cutting a slit in a disposable mask that you can slip your mouthpiece through. Just remember to bring an additional mask to cover over your mouth while you are not playing.
  • If you’d like to purchase a musician’s mask, we recommend ordering a mask like this or this from Gerry’s Music.
  • For a bell cover for your instrument you can just use a disposable mask secured to the end of your bell with a rubber band. 
  • If you are interested in purchasing a bell cover we recommend this one that has a MERV-13 filter. Be sure to order the correct size for your instrument.

Trumpet, trombone, tuba, and saxophone players: 

  • Musician’s masks and bell covers will need to be worn during your lesson or ensemble. While you play, you’ll put your mouthpiece through your musician’s mask, and when you’re ready to talk, you will place a regular mask over the opening in your musician’s mask. Check it out in this video
  • You can easily make a musician’s mask at home by simply cutting a slit in a disposable mask that you can slip your mouthpiece through. Just remember to bring an additional mask to cover over your mouth while you are not playing.
  • If you’d like to purchase a musician’s mask, we recommend ordering a mask like this or this from Gerry’s Music.
  • Utilize a bell cover like this one that has a MERV-13 filter. Be sure to order the correct size for your instrument.

CMSS is taking its cues from the CDC and Springfield Public Schools, and we’re being mindful that some of our student population doesn’t yet have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. As infection rates and recommendations change in our area we will continue to adjust our protocols as well.

Thanks for your patience and understanding as we navigate these safety protocols this year.

Resources for In-Person programming at CMSS

CMSS provides an unparalleled remote learning experience using the Virtulessons platform.


We invite you to learn more about remote lessons by watching these short videos.

Our faculty love the VirtuLessons online platform. 

Here’s what they have to say:

“Virtulessons offers great audio and video for the lessons and the platform is well organized. I can share files or documents easily and the system sends lesson notifications, keeping everyone informed and on the same page.”

-Olivia Min Noh

“Virtulessons offers a wonderful way to reach students through not just video, but also with interactive white boards. Here students and teachers will have the ability to draw on music or instrument diagrams as another way to communicate.”

-Karl Knapp

“I am most excited for the convenience and simplification that Virtulessons brings to remote teaching. No more weekly zoom links or sending music individually to each student for them to have to print or download ahead of time.”

-Ava D’Agostino

“The musical games will capture the students’ attention to help them enjoy not only playing the instruments but also to understand the importance of music theory.”

-Yoonhee Ko

 

A parent’s perspective:

“Virtulessons offers a unique option over FaceTime or Zoom, as it allows you to both see your instructor and collaborate with them on sheet music or other visual materials in real time. The ability to dissect materials and markup lessons with your instructor is fun, and having notes from each session saved [in your profile] makes it easier to stay on track between lessons.

From a parent’s perspective, I appreciate that the connection between my children and their teachers goes beyond just the video interaction and allows them to focus on the music theory on the screen without the need to print off a bunch of things ahead of time. Logging in and launching lessons is simple, and the lesson points and historical notes make it fun for students to track their progress along the way.”

-Jay Therrien, parent of three CMSS students and CMSS board member

CMSS Perform-A-Thon