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DMU Music Covid-19 FAQs

Last updated: Tuesday 23 February

We’ve been reviewing how DMU Music and the projects that it runs can continue in light of the latest Covid-19 restrictions and England’s national lockdown from Tuesday 5 January. Please find answers to frequently asked questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will the Chantry Building be open?

    The Chantry building will remain closed throughout the national lockdown until at least 8 March 2021. We hope to re-open the building for individual or paired practice, or 1-1 music tuition as soon as possible and will issue guidance on how to use the building safely once it is available for use.

  2. What's happening to DMU Music concerts and public performances?

    In accordance with government guidelines, all DMU Music public concerts, performances and events on campus and at city venues have been postponed until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

    • DMU Indian Classical Music Series concerts
    • Campus ensemble concerts (DMU Orchestra, DMU Chamber Choir, DMU Jazz Band, DMU Taiko)
    • DMU International Jazz series concerts

    While it is currently not possible to attend live music performances in person, DMU Music is planning online concerts throughout the 2020/21 academic year that will be live streamed from university social media channels. Further details will be announced in due course via DMU Music social media channels and webpages:

    We are reviewing, and will continue to review, what the evolving restrictions will mean for in-person concerts and will update you as soon as we're able to.

  3. What's happening with DMU Music's social impact projects?

    Delivered in collaboration with local, national and international partner organisations, city-based charities and communities, DMU Music social impact events explore the role of music-making in promoting positive wellbeing.

    DMU Music social impact projects for the 2020/21 academic year will be delivered via a blended approach of in-person social-distanced workshops and online models of delivery, depending on the UK Government's restrictions at the time.

    Our projects Hear and Now and Roll Call are due to take place in March 2021 and will be delivered in an online format. 

    For students interested in volunteering for DMU Music social impact projects, please contact the DMU Music office via email at music@dmu.ac.uk.

  4. Can DMU Music ensembles still rehearse?

    In accordance with current social distancing regulations and government guidance, weekly in-person ensemble rehearsals in the Chantry Building and Trinity House Chapel, and related concerts at campus and city venues, have been temporarily paused during the current national lockdown.

    Online tutorials and other content may be found at the DMU Music YouTube channel for practice and learning purposes during this period.

    We continue to monitor the situation and when such a time allows for face-to-face rehearsals, we will ensure that our ensembles adhere to the UK Government's requirements on social distancing, and that they are complying with the university's safety measures, outlined on DMU's Your DMU Safety pages.

    DMU Music has agreed an action plan with DMU Estates for maintaining safe access to the Chantry Building with the required social-distancing and hand& sanitising measures in place. We have also prepared a handbook for all students using the Chantry Building detailing all expectations while social distancing and restrictions are necessary -– this is to ensure the safety of all users.

  5. Is music tuition taking place online?

    All DMU Music tuition will be taking place online during the current national lockdown. We continue to monitor the situation and when such a time allows for face-to-face tuition, we will ensure that we adhere to the UK Government's requirements on social distancing, as well as compliance with the university's safety measures, outlined on DMU's Your DMU Safety pages.

    For all enquiries regarding music tuition please contact music@dmu.ac.uk.

Guidance and research

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the government and musical organisations have produced guidance for those in the music industry, as well as new research projects undertaken in the context of music making during the pandemic. We've compiled a list of useful resources and links to ongoing research for those interested. 

Guidance

”Music Unlocked”: Guidance for Schools and Music Providers (2020) Music Mark.

‘Easing the lockdown: Performing’ (July 2020) Incorporated Society for Musicians.

‘Teaching Music During the Coronavirus Outbreak’ (July 2020) Musicians Union.

‘Performing Arts’ Working safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19). (May 2020) UK Government. 

Research

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan N. Willich, et al. (May 2020) ‘Policy brief about performances of orchestras during the COVID-19 pandemic’Orchestral Performances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Charité, Berlin. 

Gregson et al. (August 2020) ‘Comparing the Respirable Aerosol Concentrations and Particle Size Distributions Generated by Singing, Speaking and Breathing’ University of Bristol. 

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Claudia Spahn and Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Richter (July 2020) ‘Risk Assessment of Coronavirus Infection in the Field of MusicUniversity of Freiburg.