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COVID-19 Update

Lipscomb University Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 update and response.

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COViD 19 Accomodations

Music brings a particular set of challenges to dealing with COVID-19. Because of this the School of Music is mandating the following safety procedures.

All Lipscomb University students are required to adhere to the following mandatory safety provisions. The most important measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 are:

1.) wearing face coverings (face masks)

2.) social distancing

3.) maintaining good hygiene (hand washing)

4.) adequate room ventilation 

Face Coverings

School of Music students must wear face masks in the School of Music building at all times (during classes and in rehearsals). The only exceptions to this rule are in situations that require singing or playing a wind instrument. 

Social Distancing

Students should keep a distance of 6 feet between themselves and others in the School of Music building at all times (during classes and in rehearsals). 

Classroom maximum capacities and rehearsal seating plans have been redesigned to allow for social distancing. In the case of vocal and wind instrument performance, additional safety measures (shields and further social distancing) have been implemented. 

Protective shields will be used in some instructional and performance spaces, as well as public desks, administrative offices, and library spaces.

Private vocal lesson will only be given in rooms large enough to keep a safe distance between vocalists, teachers and accompanists. Plexiglass dividers will be in place to block the transmission of aerosols to protect all involved.


Washing your hands frequently is an important means of curtailing the spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

a. Classrooms and other instructional spaces will be supplied with hand sanitizer dispensers and disinfecting towel dispensers. 

b. Students must clean their desks and wash their hands after classes and rehearsals. 

c. Students must wash or sanitize their hands before and after entering a practice room. 

d. Students must wash their hands before and after touching a piano, keyboard, or organ, or any other musical instrument (percussion) or device (computer, microphone, etc.) used by multiple users. 


Whenever possible, larger spaces will be used to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus. 

A 15-minute down-time between classes will be implemented to allow the air in classrooms to be exchanged. A 30-minute down-time period between practice room users will be implemented to allow the air in practice rooms to be exchanged.

Small practice rooms where ventilation may be limited are fitted with medical grade air purifiers.

Practice Rooms


Practice rooms must be scheduled via the Sign-Up Genius mobile app, link available here:

No more than one person can be in the hallway to the practice rooms at one time.

No more than one person can be in a practice room unless it is marked for higher occupancy.

Each practice room MUST be empty for 30 minutes after each use. Each student must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using the practice rooms. Additional HEPA compliant air purifiers are supplied for smaller spaces.

Practice room times are staggered (some start at X:00 and X:30, while others start at X:15 and X:45) to minimize people entering and exiting the practice room hallway at the same time.


Lipscomb is following all Metro Davidson County health guidelines. Because of that, it is highly unlikely that we will have any attended performances in the Fall. We will have performance opportunities and we will reevaluate what an audience can look like in the Spring.

While we are preparing materials to perform the following safety provisions have been made:

Commercial Ensembles will practice in a socially distanced manner. They will meet in McMeen Rehearsal hall which normally has capacity for 100 people but will be limited to 37. Singers are behind plexiglass shields to prevent spread of aerosols between vocalists.

Wind Ensemble will rehearse in Collins Auditorium which normally holds 862 people but is rated for 146 now.  Plexiglass dividers are in place to minimize spread between players and the director.

A Capella Choir will meet in Collins Auditorium which normally holds 862 people but is rated for 146 now. This will allow 12-15 feet of distance between singers and face shields have been ordered for the vocalists to promote safety.

Sanctuary will meet in Shin 101 which has a COVID max capacity of 19 people. Face shields will be provided for vocalists.

Chamber Ensembles will meet in rooms based on their size, practice social distancing and wear masks when not actively playing.



Example safety training video