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School of Music COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

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In the interest of the health and safety of our community, on March 11, 2020, DePaul decided to take proactive, immediate steps to encourage social distancing—a practice that is encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus. These decisions will affect faculty, staff and students for the remainder of Winter Quarter and all of Spring Quarter. 

During these extraordinary times, DePaul is doing everything we can to answer your questions as soon as we are able.   We appreciate your patience as the situation unfolds and as we move to remote learning, communication will be essential. We strongly recommend adding key email addresses (SoM administrators, your Spring Quarter faculty, the College Office) to your address book and making a habit of checking your email regularly throughout the day – including your junk folders.

Below is a list of information to help clarify and provide answers to many common questions we are hearing from each of you. We will update this as the situation evolves. Our first and foremost concern is your safety. Our second priority is to successfully graduate seniors and second-year masters and certificate students. While we may not see each other in person next quarter, we will remain a community. If you have any questions that are not answered below, please email

We understand that this is an extraordinarily difficult time for the School of Music community. You may feel angry, sad, or simply confused by the present situation. Know that we’re in it together, and if there is a way that we can support you, let us know.

The information below is specific to School of Music academic questions.  We strongly encourage you to stay updated on overall University statements here.

Please do what you can to stay safe and healthy.



All applied lessons are shifting to remote learning. Students will hear directly from faculty for instructions on how this will work individually.


Concert attendance requirements are suspended for Spring Quarter 2020.


Program coordinators will consult with applied faculty and provide further information for how specific degree program milestones such as sophomore assessments and juries are conducted.

No ensembles or chamber music will be conducted in person during Spring Quarter 2020. Students will still receive their Music Awards. We will be offering alternative online coursework for those who need to satisfy credit requirements for their programs, and we will release a full list of those online courses. The College Office will first reach out to seniors, masters students, and certificate students who have applied for graduation this spring or summer term.    

We will work with students who earned additional ensemble credit in previous quarters to redirect the additional ensemble to fulfill the ensemble requirement in the DPR (Degree Progress Report) for Spring 2020 Quarter.  Students who do not have additional ensemble credits will be allowed to replace the ensemble credit with a music elective. While we will work with students to find substitutes for their Spring 2020 ensembles, we cannot waive the credit requirements for degree programs (192 credits for undergraduate programs, 48 credits for MM programs, and 36 credits for our certificate programs) or the number of credits necessary for full-time student status in a quarter. 


Graduate comprehensive exams will continue online as scheduled.

Updated 4/1/20 - 1 PM

Effective immediately: All spaces in HPC and Music North, including practice rooms, will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Additionally, the HPC garage will also be closed during this time. Plans to reopen will be communicated by the University in accordance with the Illinois Governor’s "stay at home" order.

If you have any issues with being unable to access the buildings, please email Ben Polancich for help with potential alternate access.  


Students living in on-campus housing should follow departure instructions provided by their Residence Hall staff and Student Housing. You should have also received communication from the University regarding options for Spring Quarter housing should you not be able to leave campus. You can find information from the University on the Department of Housing website. 

We will not be scheduling any on-campus recitals for Spring Quarter. For graduating seniors, masters students, and certificate students, we are working with applied faculty to find suitable ways for you to meet this requirement remotely. All students completing a classical degree recital Spring Quarter will be required to write program notes. New information for Spring Quarter 2020 Degree Recitals will be posted on the Student Recitals page by Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5PM.

We understand that presenting a recital is an important milestone for students and their families. When campus reopens, we will work to give any student who wishes to return and give a recital in a hall the opportunity to do so. Students who wish to present an on-campus recital will still need to work with their applied faculty to satisfy the recital requirement remotely during the spring quarter so the recital grade can be entered by the spring grade deadline. 

We are recommending that juniors and any first-year certificate or masters student who are required to give a recital to delay scheduling their recital to Autumn Quarter 2020. You will not be penalized for doing so. If you wish to complete a recital this spring, these will follow the parameters for remote recitals developed by the Performance Office and Department of Performance Studies. 

We are not allowing any non-degree recitals this Spring Quarter.

Updated 3/26/20 - 5 PM 

The College Office has published and distributed to students a detailed list of the Spring Quarter 2020 courses being offered.  Students please check your email for details or review information on the College Office COVID-19 Spring Quarter Updates webpage. 

We deeply appreciate your patience as we have worked with university administration, department chairs, and faculty to offer all of our School of Music degree programs remotely, including the minors in Music Business, Music Recording, and Music Studies. We realize that this Spring Quarter will be one without precedence at the DePaul School of Music. Please contact the College Office directly with any questions. 

DePaul University’s academic calendar remains in place for Spring Quarter 2020. Registration is open through Campus Connect as usual, and we will provide students with a list of online courses, any cancellations, and recommendations for registration in light of changes to our spring schedule as soon as possible. Any required academic core or specialization courses that are already scheduled for Spring Quarter will be offered this spring as planned. This will allow students to make progress to their degree and maintain full-time student status.

Updated 3/24/20- 10:30 AM:  Additional information for remote operations can be found at the Office of Student Employment Remote Operations website.  

Managers will be in touch with their employees about employment moving forward. Many student employees may still be able to work with the School of Music remotely. Anyone who was set to have regularly scheduled hours during Spring Quarter who cannot work remotely will be compensated for hours through Friday, May 1; managers will be in touch with more specifics about this. Enrollment eligibility requirements for student employment remain the same.  

Updated 3/18/20  - 9 AM - Per Universty guidelines, the computer lab in Music North will be closed indefinitely, begining immediately.  Please refer to the University's notice for complete details. 

We understand that some of you may not have access to reliable internet and computer equipment in your home. Please be in touch directly with the college office if you need access and we'll do our best to be of help. Updates on the computer lab schedule will be communicated from the Univeristy in accordance with the Illinois Governor's "stay at home" order. 

Parking Services will now offer partial prorated refunds for any permits for anyone who requests them. Please be aware that anyone who wants to renew their permit when normal operating hours resume, it will be at whatever current-level rates are, which may be an increase from when your previous permit was purchased. 

Please contact the the Parking Office directly via e-mail at to request a refund or have your payroll installment stopped.

Other items of note:

DePaul has suspended all non-essential visits to the school, including alumni visits, until further notice. While we are disappointed that alumni will not be able to come to campus at this time, we still want to hear from each one of you! Please share your news by emailing

As you may be aware, all university-sponsored events, either on or off campus, are postponed or canceled until further notice due to COVID-19. While Gig Connection is not technically a university-sponsored platform, we do wish to give our musicians and the option to cancel or withdraw from Gig Connection opportunities they have already committed to perform. The health and safety of our students and alumni are of the upmost importance to us, and we encourage social-distancing during this critical time.  If you have hired our students and your event has now been canceled, or if you are a student currently matched with a gig opportunity between now and June 12th (the end of the academic year) and would like to withdraw your commitment, please email Mary Arendt.

In the interest of the health and safety of our community, DePaul University announced on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, that we will take proactive and immediate steps to reduce the number of gatherings and the density of people on campus while maintaining our commitment to student success and academic progress. As part of this decision, all university-sponsored and university-hosted events, either on or off campus, are postponed or canceled now until further notice.  If you have purchased a ticket to one of the upcoming events, we will be in touch with ticketholders directly regarding their tickets.

The DePaul University School of Music announced today that we are rescheduling our Summer ChamberFest program to next summer, July 2021.  We are disappointed to have lost the opportunity to present this program on campus this summer, but it is our responsibility to act in favor of the continued well-being of all of our students, faculty and staff.

Planning for Summer ChamberFest during July of 2021 will continue and we look forward to sharing those details by October of 2020.  In the meantime, we thank you for your support of our program and encourage you to continue your musical studies.  We hope you will mark your calendar for July 2021 and consider joining us then.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or to add your name to our mailing list to be the first to hear details about Summer ChamberFest 2021.  Email and let us know how we can help. 

UPDATED 5/20/2020 - The DePaul University School of Music announces the rescheduling of all in-person Music Education Workshops (Kodály Levels I, II & III; Orff Levels I, II & III, and Dalcroze) to next summer, 2021.  We are disappointed to have lost the opportunity to present these program on campus this summer, but it is our responsibility to act in favor of the continued well-being of all of our students, faculty and staff.
At the same time, to continue your learning this summer, we invite you to join us for two new innovative online classes – Dalcroze and Children's Literature in an Elementary Music Classroom
Registration is open now for these new classes.
Please note the Song Collection Workshop that was scheduled to start on June 22 has been cancelled. 

For general questions, please email: