COVID-19 Protocols

Offering In-Person and Virtual Music Lessons

CMSS is offering in-person programming, and remote lessons are still available if desired. Health and safety protocols remain in place to protect all members of our community.

Our 2021-2022 school year starts on August 30th, and students may choose to take in-person or virtual lessons.

Mask use for in-person lessons:

  • Masks must be worn by individuals ages 2+ at all times when in the CMSS building, including during lessons, classes, and ensembles. 

For those who have been vaccinated:

  • In order to protect the majority of our students who do not yet have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, all students, families, faculty and staff must wear masks at all times, regardless of vaccination status. 

When at CMSS:

  • Students, families, staff, faculty, and visitors may only enter the CMSS building if they are not sick and feeling well, haven’t been exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and agree to follow our policies and protocols, as detailed in our COVID-19 Health and Policy Attestation.
  • Students must sign a COVID-19 Liability Waiver upon the first in-person visit to the school (which will be kept on file all year).
  • Parents/guardians do not need to accompany their children into the studio, but no extra visitors (like siblings) may wait in the studio, hallways, or reception areas during the lesson.
    • Exception: Siblings also scheduled for in-person lessons may wait with their parent/guardian.

Please see the specific masking guidelines for your 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 much of our student population (children under 12 years of age) 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 this transition this fall.

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

 

And we’d love to share a parent’s perspective with you, too:

“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