COVID-19 Updates / FAQs

Please refer to the information below for the latest COVID-19 updates from the Collinsworth School of Music at CBU.

A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN

Joseph Bolin Headshot

CBU Students and Faculty,

 

I am excited to report that, in addition to the continuation of virtual course delivery in the Spring, the School of Music has been granted dispensation to hold face-to-face ensemble and individual coachings of up to 16 students throughout the Spring 21 semester. This means that students will have the opportunity (should they desire it) to come to campus and make music with fellow ensemble students, conductors, and applied instructors in a controlled, safe, lab environment. To ensure the safety of all students and faculty, safety measures will be strictly observed during these face-to-face encounters, including distancing appropriate to each instrument/voice, face coverings worn by all students and faculty (specialized KN95 masks will be used for all vocalists while singing and will be provided by the SOM), and the observance of enhanced general and instrument-specific sanitation protocols. We feel that with strong safety practices in place, we can protect the well-being of our students and faculty while greatly augmenting the educational experience we provide. It is of note that these coachings will be entirely extracurricular in nature and outside any course requirements. Therefore, students may abstain from participation without impacting their grades or their ability to encounter the full course material in each class.

 

As I have stated numerous times over the past several months, our top two priorities are 1) the safety and well-being of our students and faculty and 2) the delivery of top-tier music education for our students. I am confident that this new approach will increasingly bring these two non-negotiable objectives together in concert for the good of our students and the advancement of our mission.

 

With great excitement about all God has in store for this Spring,

 

Dr. Joseph E. Bolin, Dean

 

Updated message from Dec. 20, 2020

 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC PLANS FOR SPRING 21

To greatly enhance the remote lesson experience, a Blue Yeti Microphone has been purchased for every student and faculty member engaged in private instruction in 20-21 academic year. These microphones are available for pick-up in the SOM office for those living on campus, and for those living off-campus, will be shipped to their home address.

For those students entering the Collinsworth School of Music in Spring 21, please contact Courtney Ladd (cladd@calbaptist.edu) in the School of Music office to arrange pick-up or delivery.

Below are a series of training videos we have developed related to the configuration and operation of the Blue Yeti microphones.

How to connect your microphone

How to properly adjust the gain

How to properly adjust the volume

Selecting the best pattern option

How to speak or play into the microphone

Understanding the MUTE button

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All applied instruction (private lessons) is being delivered remotely via a series of specialized virtual platforms. To greatly enhance the remote lesson experience, a Blue Yeti Microphone has been purchased for every student and faculty member engaged in private instruction. These microphones are available for pick-up in the SOM office for those living on campus, and for those living off-campus, will be shipped to their home address.

Effective Spring 21, it is possible to schedule (a) face-to-face coaching(s) with your applied instructor based on the comfortability level of both faculty and student. Appropriate School of Music rooms (rooms that will support proper distancing and safety) may be booked by the faculty member to accommodate these coachings on the SOM online scheduling platform. Please note that all applicable SOM safety protocols must be observed during these coachings (see SP 21 Course Delivery Strategy document; Individual and Group Coaching section).

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All CBU ensembles will be active for the 20-21 academic year.

Ensemble Classes:

The ensemble experience at CBU will integrate the following components to achieve an engaging, communal, and yes, virtual performance environment for all students:

  • Full, chamber, and personal virtual rehearsals featuring challenging repertoire specific to the style of each ensemble.
  • Various virtual performance experiences throughout the Fall semester including produced video deliverables for distribution on institutional and social media platforms. Professional production specialists will produce each virtual performance experience.
  • Each ensemble will host interactive discussion forums surrounding the craft of ensemble performance, technique, participation, pedagogy, style, and philosophy.
  • Activities designed to build community and foster interpersonal connection and support within each ensemble.

Ensemble Coachings: (New for SP 21!)

Effective Spring 21, ensemble conductors may schedule face-to-face coachings with up to 16 students on the CBU campus. These coachings will be designed to provide additional instruction on semester repertoire and provide a lab forum for students to continue working toward the learning objectives of collective ensemble music making.

It is of note that these coachings will be entirely extracurricular in nature and outside any course requirements. Therefore, students may abstain from participation without impacting their grades or their ability to encounter the full course material in the ensemble.

To ensure the safety of all students and faculty, safety measures will be strictly observed during these face-to-face encounters, including distancing appropriate to each instrument/voice, face coverings worn by all students and faculty (specialized KN95 masks will be used for all vocalists while singing and will be provided by the SOM), and the observance of enhanced general and instrument-specific sanitation protocols. See SP 21 Course Delivery Strategy document; Individual and Group Coaching section for specific SOM safety protocols.

We feel that with strong safety practices in place, we can protect the well-being of our students and faculty while greatly augmenting the ensemble experience we provide. 

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Performance Juries:

End of semester juries will be performed via video and submitted to the School of Music Blackboard site for committee faculty assessment and final grading.

Performance Leveling (for music majors only):

Advancement in performance leveling will be considered for each student by applied faculty panels when assessing the student's jury submission.

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Students who must perform senior or graduate recitals in the 20-21 academic year will have the following two performance options upon passing a mid-semester faculty hearing (hosted live face-to-face or via synchronous/asynchronous video):

  1. Submit a video recital with a SOM provided or acquired accompanist (if applicable) to be performed at a remote location convenient to the student. Video recitals will be assessed by faculty and a final grade assigned.
  2. Perform a live recital on campus (in HMUS 101) to be viewed by a limited and pre-scheduled live audience (due to capacity restrictions) and streamed real-time for the entire community to enjoy. Live recitals will be assessed by faculty and a final grade assigned. 

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  • All applied vocal students, other than ones performing a senior or grad recital, will use pre-produced accompaniment tracks generated either by a subscription resource (Appcompanist, iRealPro, etc.) or a CBU piano major.
  • All applied instrumental students, other than ones performing a senior or grad recital, will generally prepare for and perform their end of semester juries without the use of a live accompanist or accompaniment tracks. In the event that an accompaniment track is needed for a particular instrumental major, the track request can be made to Prof. Jennifer Cruz. 
  • Applied students, not giving a recital, who need an accompaniment track but are unable to acquire it from a professional service, may request a track be created by contacting Prof. Jennifer Cruz with all pertinent information. If approved, Prof. Cruz will utilize either a student piano major (with collaborative duties assigned for scholarship) or the SOM staff accompanist to prepare the requested track. A SOM practice room has been prepared as a recording studio for accompaniment track creation. Recording sessions can be scheduled through the school of music office by contacting Courtney Ladd.
  • For senior and grad recitalists, staff accompanist, Lara Urrutia, will be assigned as their principle accompanist for the Fall semester. Lara will be available to create performance tracks, rehearse live with recital students in certain controlled environments, and perform live with those students who plan to offer their recitals in a live format on the CBU campus. Accompanist details related to student recitals will be coordinated through recital classes.
  • Piano students who have been assigned a collaborative duty (as described above) will coordinate with Prof. Cruz for specific details relating to their assignments and/or track production.

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All lecture-based music courses teaching theory, musicianship, history, methods, and literature will be delivered in a live/synchronous format for both Fall 20 and Spring 21 semesters.

These courses will be restructured to optimize their effectiveness in the online format and will all feature an integration of the following:

  • Live/synchronous teaching during scheduled class periods for active learning and engagement
  • Additional snackable learning videos and content exposures
  • Readings, activities, projects, and assignments
  • Individual assessments and personal feedback/coaching between student and professor
  • Office hours for personal attention between faculty and individual students

All lecture-based courses will utilize Blackboard to provide the best of both synchronous engagement and module-based learning.

Additionally, all of our SOM labs (Commercial Music lab, computer lab, piano lab) will be available for student use and faculty/staff will be working from campus and available, as always, to meet with, counsel, advise, and tutor students in their coursework.

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Last year, the Collinsworth School of Music embarked upon the pioneering a new opera program. This initiative culminated in the presentation of a Spring Opera Gala featuring current and former CBU students along with professional opera singers and our 2019-2020 artist in residence, international operatic tenor, Bruce Sledge.

The School of Music has been making plans to consummate its burgeoning opera program with a full-scale production of one of the world's most beloved operas, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) by W. A. Mozart, in the spring of 2021.

These plans are continuing to move forward and workshops, staging, and production courses/preparation will continue in the Spring of 21 in the hopes of performing a live, full-scale opera production. Should the limitations surrounding COVID-19 prevent a live production, a scaled down version of the opera will be produced and performed via a virtual platform.

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While all commercial courses are being offered in a live/synchronous format through SP 21, students will continue to have access to the NEW Commercial Music Laboratory in Room 108 of the School of Music building.

In Fall 20, the School of Music converted one of its largest and most celebrated spaces - Room 108 - into a Commercial Music Laboratory for our commercial music studio production and performance majors. This studio lab features well over a million dollars worth of state of the art studio production equipment specifically designed to facilitate hands-on student learning in the art of commercial music production.

This space will continue to function as a lab and will be available throughout the Spring 21 semester to commercial music students for personal student projects, performances, and recordings.

Social distancing, face coverings, and other enhanced sanitation protocols will be observed to ensure student safety.

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Worship Arts and Ministry Majors will continue to participate in weekly Worship Forum sessions. These forums, hosted online, will continue to feature guest speakers, class discussions, and worship leadership masterclasses and practica.

WAM student internships will continue to be assigned/coordinated for all WAM students in the 20-21 academic year.

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Due to our inability to perform live for one another during the 20-21 academic year, the SOM Performance Forum will be dedicated to the following two activities:

  1. Teaching sessions with Dean Bolin. In these virtual forums, Dr. Bolin will unpack specific life habits that are essential for personal and professional success.
  2. Applied Studio Classes where students of a similar applied focus will meet live and synchronously to perform for one another receive/give constructive feedback and encouragement. 

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Spring 2021 Test Strategy

Piano Proficiency exams are typically scheduled during Finals week in both the fall and spring semesters.  Please refer to the University academic calendar for the latest update on the Spring 2021 Final exam schedule.

 

Additional Information

  • For students taking Private Instruction: piano proficiency exams will be arranged and given by their assigned private instructor.
  • For students taking Class Piano: exams will be given by their class instructor during the course's University-assigned final exam date/time.
  • Students may attempt to pass any part of the exam for which they are prepared.
  • A record of the results is kept and available to students on Blackboard.
  • The Piano Placement/Proficiency exam will also be offered prior to the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester (i.e., scheduled in late August, TBA). Students may elect to perform the entire exam or selected skills during this time.
  • For students seeking the Bachelor of Music degree, the entire Piano Proficiency exam (15 points) must be passed for the student to be eligible for Registration in MUS 431 (Senior Recital class) and for graduation.
  • For more details, click here to access the 20-21 Piano Proficiency Guidelines.
  • As a reminder, students must enroll in either Class Piano I (less than 8 items completed) or Class Piano II (8 items or more).
    • NOTE:  All Commercial and Studio Production majors eligible to enroll in Class Piano II this Spring 21 semester will need to enroll in MUS 025 - Class Piano II for WAM.
  • Questions? Contact Professor Jennifer Cruz (jcruz@calbaptist.edu) or the SOM office.

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IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS: SHOULD I RETURN TO CBU IN SPRING 21?

The Collinsworth School of Music is committed to doing whatever it takes to provide you -- our students -- with the best possible academic experience this academic year, no matter the modality of delivery method. We truly care about you. We believe in you. And the privilege of investing in your future constitutes the principal drive of our faculty and staff. We are collectively committed to preparing you for success and impact in the world, no matter the cost and regardless of the circumstances.

Other turn-key academic options, while on the surface may seem more economical, will not provide the level of individual attention, personal mentorship, spiritual and emotional support, and quality of academic cultivation that CBU is committed to providing you during this unprecedented season of unrest and uncertainly. As you consider all your options, as prudence demands, be careful to consider your long game objectives, and how the quality of educational experience that you engage in now will have a lasting impact on your future goals and professional objectives.

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One of the most difficult elements of living through the past year has been the isolation that has been so prevalent in our culture. This has been especially apparent amongst Generation Z (those ages 5-25), of whom, a recent survey found, two-thirds expressed that the pandemic had increased their anxiety and/or depression due to the "unknown," social distancing, and self-isolation. This is not surprising. God expressed in Genesis 2:18 that it is not good nor natural for individuals to live in isolation. Humans were made for community! And, in these unprecedented circumstances, there has never been a time where community has been more important  -- especially those who are still developing and preparing for success in life.

One of CBU's distinctives is, anchored in a setting of academic excellence, an intentional cultivation of authentic community around a spiritual worldview. Now, more than ever, young people who are preparing for life need this network of support, fellowship, and guidance during their formative years. If there was ever a time to lean into a network of fellowship and spiritual support, it's now. Certainly, it is a consideration when deciding where to plant during this continued season of unprecedented stress and anxiety.

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Music is a unique course of study amongst its peer disciplines. It’s not like English or some other standard college major where the first two years of study are dedicated to general education classes and the majority of degree-specific courses are taken in the third and fourth years. Music courses are integrated into every semester (freshman to senior) of the 4-year university experience.

And, If you take time off during those four years, you risk jeopardizing that continued progress toward your four-year graduation. It is important to note that not all music courses are offered every semester, and, if you exit the program for a semester or year, you will likely, upon return, find yourself in a prolonged scenario (additional semesters or years) in order to take all the music courses necessary to graduate.

Can courses be transferred from one institution back to CBU? The answer is yes -- if they have been approved by the registrar's office and listed in CBU's current articulation agreements. A listing of these agreements can be found on the Inside CBU website at https://insidecbu.calbaptist.edu/ics/Academics/Transfer_Course_Information.jnz. 

At the end of the day, it is important, if you are considering taking a gap semester/year with another institution, to ensure that the courses you are taking will transfer back to CBU when you return. In addition, it is important to ensure that the disruption of your CBU course sequence will not demand an extension of additional semesters/years onto your academic calendar.

For information and personal counseling regarding academic sequences and institutional variances, please contact our Associate Dean, Dr. Lance Beaumont, at lbeaumont@calbaptist.edu. 

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One last consideration when contemplating whether or not a gap semester/year is advantageous to you is financial in nature.

This subject is not without complexity and best unpacked via a series of Q&A below.

  • Will I have to pay an outfit fee this semester? Answer: No.
    • No SOM outfit fees will be charged to CBU students in the 20-21 academic year.
  • Will I still retain my music scholarship if I’m not a full-time student? Answer: It will be renegotiated.
    • Students who choose to decrease their unit load to less than 12 units will have their scholarships amended until such a time as the student resumes full-time status with the university. This process will be handled through the office of the Dean of the School of Music.
  • If I take a gap semester/year away from CBU, will my current music scholarship be there for me if/when I return? Answer: It cannot be guaranteed.
    • While my heart as the Dean (this is Dr. Bolin) would be to reinstate your scholarship along with your return, the reality is, given the fluidity of the university's financial circumstances, it cannot be guaranteed. Please understand, this is not because I’m trying to play hard-ball in any way, but because I owe you an honest answer. As is the case with all institutions in our society, things are incredibly fluid right now. The truth is that, depending on how things turn out this year, the School of Music may or may not have the same scholarship support we’ve had in the past, and, in the case of a reduced budget, would need to prioritize the scholarships of existing students. Therefore, by necessity, all scholarships held by students who choose to leave CBU for a semester or longer, will be reassessed upon re-entry, and cannot be guaranteed to equal the original amount offered.
  • If I remain at CBU as a full-time student this academic year, will my current music scholarship be guaranteed in the future? Answer: Yes.
    • The university is fully aware of the commitment that both student and institution made to one another upon the student's entry to CBU. Furthermore, CBU and the Collinsworth School of Music is committed to fulfilling its scholarship obligations to all its students out of a spirit of responsibility and integrity.

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ANSWERS TO OTHER QUESTIONS

Answer: Yes.

All practice rooms will be available for music students during the Spring 21 semester. Practice rooms will open on Monday, January 4, and will operate on a scheduling system. As in Fall 20, students can sign-up for a one-time or recurring practice room reservations. 

Enhanced sanitation protocols will continue to be implemented throughout the building, including all practice rooms, to ensure a clean and safe environment between student use of these spaces.

Tentative practice room hours
Weekdays: 8AM - midnight
Weekends: Noon - midnight

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Answer: Yes.

Both the piano lab and the computer lab will be available for music students during the Spring 21 semester.

These labs will open on Monday, January 11, and will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, up to the maximum capacity of the lab. If a room is full, students can elect to be added a waiting list and will be called as soon as space opens for them in the lab.

Enhanced sanitation protocols are being implemented throughout the building, including both labs, to ensure a clean and safe environment for these spaces.

Tentative lab hours 
Weekdays: 8AM - midnight
Weekends: Noon - midnight
*except when classes are being taught from these spaces

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Answer: Yes.

All School of Music faculty and staff will be working from campus and will be available, as always, to meet with, mentor, counsel, advise, and tutor students in their coursework throughout the Spring 21 semester.

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Answer: Yes.

The new commercial music lab will be available for commercial music majors to work on assigned and personal projects. Student access will be coordinated through individual appointments. Enhanced daily sanitation protocols will be implemented to ensure a safe environment for students and faculty.

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Answer: Yes.

Other than just a few very large instruments, we are prepared to ensure that you have access to an instrument if it is needed for an ensemble or for a techniques class. If you are in need of an instrument this Spring, please use this link to submit your request.

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Answer: Performances -- Yes. Live Concerts -- No.

While each ensemble will prepare and perform repertoire this spring, our ensemble performances will be virtual experiences utilizing remote and video modalities. Due to state safety guidelines, all "live" concert experiences have been suspended until further notice.

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Answer: Yes (Lord willing).

We are optimistic and hopeful that CBU's vibrant concert culture will reengage by Fall 2021. To that end, we are already making plans to present our 3rd annual presentation of "A CBU Christmas" in December of 2021!

For more information and a special message from the Dean and Provost, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TpOPAN45aI 

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Answer: No.

Due to the unique structure of fall ensemble courses, outfits will not be purchased for the Spring 21 semester. Therefore, no outfit fee will be charged to students.

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