Music School Plan

During the 2020-2021 School Year, we have been offering all of our instruction online and will continue to do so through the end of the school year on June 30, 2021. Beginning with our Summer Term on July 1, we will begin a phased reopening with our Summer Programs and a limited number of in-person private lessons. Students who have enrolled in private lessons will continue to have the option of taking lessons online or in-person (limited instruments and instructors). As we move forward with our gradual reopening, we will continue to evaluate the state and federal guidance while keeping the health and safety of our students and families, as well as our faculty and staff as our top priority. See FAQ section below for further information.

SUMMER '21 (in-person & online programs)

Indian Hill Music believes it is imperative that we respond transparently and responsibly to the COVID-19 crisis in order to sustain a healthy and safe environment. The following list of protocols and policies outlines the measures we are actively taking, and that we will require our student families to take, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as we reopen our building for in-person programming this summer. Learn more about our Summer Programs 

SECTION 1: Indian Hill’s Commitment to Health and Safety for our In-Person Programs

  • HEALTH ATTESTATIONS: Everyone entering our building will be required to complete a health attestation to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.
  • MASKS: Masks will be required by everyone inside and outside of the building at all times, and extra masks will be made available to individuals who did not bring one. Masks will be required even for outdoor activities.
  • DISTANCING: All students, family members, employees, and visitors must ensure separation of 6 feet or more between individuals at all times. In all instructional spaces and in locations where people will be waiting in a queue (such as restrooms), floor decals will mark six feet of distance.
  • AIR PURIFICATION: High quality air purifiers will be placed in each instructional space. Significant upgrades have been made to the HVAC filtration system in Blackman Hall, which will also be used for our summer programming.
  • SIGNAGE: Visible signage has been posted throughout the site to remind staff and visitors of hygiene and safety protocols.
  • SURFACES: High touch areas such as instruments, music stands, workstations, equipment, doorknobs, and restrooms will be wiped down with antibacterial wipes regularly.
  • GENERAL HYGIENE: All individuals will be encouraged to avoid touching their face (particularly eyes, nose, and mouth) with their hands to prevent from getting infected; to cough/sneeze into their sleeve, preferably into their elbow; and to immediately and properly discard any tissues and then wash or sanitize hands.
  • HAND HYGIENE: Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol will be available throughout the building. Students and employees will also be instructed to wash hands frequently, especially before and after lessons and group instruction.
  • FOOT TRAFFIC: The building will have dedicated entrances and exits, and one-way directional patterns for foot traffic inside and outside the building will be clearly marked. The elevator will only be available to those who require it for physical reasons, including moving a heavy instrument, and will only be used by one person at a time. Stairways will be marked and, for single stairways, students should avoid entering until another student has exited.
  • PICK-UP / DROP-OFF: With certain exceptions, students must enter the building by themselves. Parents or guardians will only be allowed inside the building for students age eight and below and only to take them to or from the appropriate drop-off or pick-up location, or if there is a special circumstance that makes the presence of a parent or guardian absolutely necessary. All tables and chairs will be removed from common areas.
  • WAITING AREAS: There will be designated, socially distanced areas for students waiting for their lesson or class to begin. Students should wait in those marked areas before entering a studio until called by their teacher.
  • GROUP ACTIVITIES / COHORTS: In all summer programs, students will be grouped into cohorts of no more than 10 students plus up to two instructors.
  • INSTRUMENTS AND VOICE: The playing of woodwind or brass instruments will not occur at Indian Hill Music this summer. Only elementary and middle school age students will be permitted to sing, and those doing so will be required to wear a specially designed choral mask to ensure the safety of those nearby.
  • FOOD: Students participating in the Summer Programs only will eat all meals and snacks outside; when it rains, they will be under a tent or awning. Students will be at least ten feet away from one another while eating, and sharing food will not be permitted.
  • ISOLATION: If a student exhibits symptoms that raise concern, they will be isolated from their peers immediately and placed in a designated Isolation Room while they wait for their parent or guardian to pick them up.
  • POSITIVE CASES: If Indian Hill Music is notified of a positive case at our school, we will work with the local Board of Health as required for contact tracing in accordance with CDC, and state guidance. Upon the guidance from the Board of Health, the building areas affected will receive all necessary deep cleaning and disinfecting.
  • UPDATING GUIDELINES: Indian Hill Music will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation locally and nationally in order to assess the implication of new restrictions and guidelines on student and employee safety. Plans will be adjusted as needed and communicated to the community directly and on this website.

SECTION 2: Student/Family Obligations

By enrolling in one or more of our summer programs, the registrant is agreeing to all of the stipulations below. These guidelines are recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as well as other health and medical experts. Please note that COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus, and it is possible to develop and contract the COVID-19 virus or other infections even if all safety precautions are followed.
  •  Students / families must become familiar with the symptoms of COVID-19; when to seek medical attention; and the underlying health conditions that may make individuals more susceptible to contracting and suffering from a severe case of the virus. Details are on the CDC website here.
  • Students / families must self-screen at home for symptoms such as fever or other signs of the virus. If a student has COVID-19 symptoms or is not feeling well, the student or family will notify Indian Hill and will not come to the building that day.
  • Students / families must follow all relevant state and federal travel restrictions that might be in place while participating in an Indian Hill program.
  • Everyone entering our building will be required to complete a health attestation to ensure the safety of everyone in our community.
  • At all times, students / families must follow the health and safety protocols implemented by Indian Hill Music.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, indoors and outdoors, by every person on the Indian Hill Music premises.
  • Students under age 18 should bring an extra mask with them each day. Indian Hill Music will also have a supply of masks on hand if needed.
  • All students / families must ensure separation of 6 feet or more between individuals at all times.
  • Students / families must inform Indian Hill immediately, for the purposes of cleaning/disinfecting and contact tracing, if a student or immediate family member:
      • receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis while the student is enrolled in on-site programming at Indian Hill;
      • receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis within 14 days after the student has completed in-person programming at Indian Hill;
      • has been in close contact with someone infected by COVID-19, with high chances of being infected themselves; and/or is caring for a family member infected by COVID-19.
      • Is caring for a family member infected by COVID-19.

SPRING '21 (online programs)

Our online lesson and class program has been in effect since Spring 2020 and offers the high quality music learning experience that you expect from Indian Hill Music. If you are a new student, we hope you will consider joining our musical community from the comfort of home. See FAQ section below for further information.

Once you have registered, our Music School placement staff will work closely with you to schedule your lessons with your teacher. After confirming your lesson details, your assigned teacher will contact you to coordinate the technical arrangements for your online lessons. Our faculty use a number of different free online meeting platforms depending upon the technology that is available to each of their students. Most of our students are using Zoom, FaceTime, or GoogleMeet on either a tablet or computer. For in-person lessons, after confirming your lesson details, both the teacher and student will meet in an assigned studio at the School, and will be required to follow all of the COVID-19 protocols listed above.

As always, our placement staff will try to accommodate everyone’s requests. We realize that parents and adult students are dealing with many scheduling uncertainties at this time, and we will be flexible and attentive to your specific needs. If for any reason your work, school, or personal schedules change and it affects your lesson time, please contact us right away and we’ll work with you to find a new time.

If you have never taken online lessons at Indian Hill Music, you will have a four-week introductory period to decide if private lessons are a good fit for you. If you decide for any reason that you would like to make a change, please contact our office before the fourth lesson.

Click here for information about instruments as well as some of our recommended retail partners. Many retailers are open and offer appointment only, no-contact rentals or purchases, as well as instructions on how to properly size an instrument. According to our vendor websites, all rental instruments and cases are fully disinfected following national guidelines. Please visit our vendor sites for further information on their safety policies and procedures.

In accordance with state guidelines, we will be following all of the required safety protocols necessary for a public reopening, and will fully inform all students and faculty about our plan prior to opening. All students and faculty will have the option to continue with online lessons or switch to in-person lessons if they prefer. Please refer to the Covid-19 Protocols listed above for details about in-person instruction.

While all of our faculty will have the option to teach online, in-person, or a combination of both, we will accommodate your preference. If necessary, we will offer to place you with one of our other highly-qualified instructors.

During the current school year, we will continue to provide as many of our supplemental activities as possible in an online format, including workshops, recitals, evaluations, and more. We have had many successful online recitals and we continue to work with our talented faculty to present new online programs and other special events to our students. As we gradually reopen this summer, we will begin to offer in-person activities when safety protocols permit.

During the current school year, all educational activities will be happening online with many opportunities for online group instruction. Click here to view our current online offerings for group instruction. For the Summer term, we are offering limited in-person programs and as we continue our reopening in the fall, we will phase in on-site instruction for other classes and ensembles as safety protocols permit.

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