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Operational Plans

The Department of Music will continue to follow CDC and CWRU COVID-19 guidelines. We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19-related developments throughout this year. As we have throughout the pandemic, leaders will adjust university practices in accordance with guidance from health experts from within and beyond the university. Learn more about CWRU's COVID-19 response.

Campus COVID-19 Protocols

Our primary goal is to provide a safe environment in which to make music. As such, music ensembles will follow all University and Department of Music operational guidelines. Specialized performance masks, bell covers, and absorbent pads for wind/brass players are required. Instruments and equipment should never be shared under the current COVID operational plans and must be cleaned (by the user) before and immediately following use. 

effective date March 21, 2022

Masks Optional, with Exceptions

All visitors and members of the university community may now choose whether to wear masks on campus, unless:

  • they are students in a classroom, laboratory or other space where instruction is taking place (those providing instruction may remove masks;
  • they are in clinical settings, including the campus dental clinic and University Health and Counseling Services; or
  • they are using university transportation, including Safe Ride and shuttle service.

Please note that some individuals may continue to wear masks full-time for a range of possible reasons. We ask that you respect their decisions.

Department of Music Masking Policy

Please continue to wear masks as has been required all semester in all group music making settings, including performances. Exceptions can be granted on a case-by-case basis in consultation with university officials. If you’d like to seek an exception, please write directly to:

David J. Rothenberg
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Music


Food may be served at university events; grab-and-go options are no longer required. Those attending university events are expected to be fully vaccinated, including booster if eligible—or, if a member of the campus community who is not vaccinated, to have a university accommodation. 

CWRU Music Building Access

The Department of Music has 4 practice rooms in Haydn Hall (2nd floor) and 6 practice modules in Denison Hall that are available to music majors and CWRU students (non-majors) taking ensembles (MUEN) or applied lessons (MUAP). Continue to check our Policies and Operating Procedures for updates about safety measures, room reservations, hours, lockers, etc. 

Card Swipe Access:
Please make sure to request card swipe access for Haydn Hall and Denison Hall. Note that you will need to provide your 7-digit student ID. This step is not required if you intend to enroll in any music ensembles (MUEN) or lessons (MUAP). 

CWRU | COVID-19 Resources

CIM Building Access

CWRU students who wish to access the CIM building for classes and lessons will need to complete daily symptom checks anytime they wish to enter. The form can be found here. Students should also be aware that, at this time, masks must be worn by all individuals in the CIM building regardless of vaccination status, unless either actively engaged in singing or playing a brass/wind instrument or eating.

Note that CIM sets its own policies independent of CWRU. Please respect those policies and complete the online symptom check form each day prior to theory or eurythmics classes, applied lessons, or other activities in the CIM building.

Students will need to enter the building through the North doors off of Hazel Drive (not through the front entrance). Your CWRU ID cards will give you access to the card swipe panel. Please allow a little extra time to get to your room location in case of delays, particularly during the first week of the fall semester.

Card Swipe Access:
Please make sure to request card swipe access to the CIM building. Note that you will need to provide the 6-digit number on the back of your CWRU ID card. 

CIM Masking Update:
Wearing masks is required at CIM. Based on the latest information about the Omicron variant, CIM is now requiring that everyone wear one of the following types of masks when in the CIM building: KF94, KN95, N95 or surgical. (KF94, KN95 and N95 masks offer the greatest protection and are recommended.) Cloth masks are no longer permitted.

CIM | COVID-19 Resources