Updates and Information
MACPHAIL RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Last updated January 21,2021
Music Lessons Online at MacPhail
Teaching music online is not new at MacPhail. Live Online lessons at MacPhail began in 2011 and now thousands of classes take place online each year.
If you are interested in learning more about online at MacPhail or would like to start live online lessons as you shelter in place, the JumpStart package is designed for you. Simply fill out a student profile form and you can begin a package of 4 lessons offered at 25% off. One package per student. Valid for new students only. Subject to instructor/instrument availability.
MacPhail School Partnership Program has launched a program for students sheltering in place called MacPhail K-12@Home. The program is offered at no charge for any students registered in a Minnesota school (K-12) and provides live streamed music classes Monday-Friday. Offerings change weekly. The program also provides resources for music educators.
Please check back for spring programming.
Individual and Group Lessons
Information on Spring Semester beginning February 2021
Spring Semester Plan – (begins Monday, February 1, 2021)
- Begin limited 1:1 instruction in-person onsite (guidelines below) with the majority of lessons remaining on-line.
- Continue in-person limited group activities
- All performances will continue to be virtual in the Spring Semester as we anticipate continued limitations on large group and audience gatherings.
Registration for spring semester is now open.
Registration letters for Individual Lessons, Suzuki and Music Therapy were sent to student home addresses.
Programs continuing Online Instruction in the Spring Semester (February through June) include:
- Individual Lessons*
- Suzuki Lessons and Group classes*
- Music Therapy*
- Sing Play Learn with MacPhail®
- All vocal and singing activities (lessons and groups)
*with some exceptions, see Guidelines for LImited 1:1 Instruction directly below
Guidelines for Limited 1:1 Instruction
- Student age – 12 years old and younger
- Exceptions may be granted based upon internet connection and device challenges for students, and also learning style difficulties for online learning. Music Therapy clients will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Frequency of lessons
- One lesson per month per student
- Allowed – Strings, guitar, harp, piano, percussion. (also, music theory and composition)
- Allowed only in classrooms – clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trombone and tuba
- Not Allowed – Voice, flute, trumpet and oboe
- Rehearsals with accompanists will be allowed following the instruments/voice list above.
- Only classrooms and large studios will be used for 1:1 instruction (Antonello Hall will be reserved for groups)
- Scheduling of students:
- Safe scheduling of classrooms and studios is complex. Space will be limited. Thank you for understanding in-person limitations at this time.
- Minneapolis and Austin only
- Apple Valley, Chanhassen and White Bear Lake will continue to be closed
- Safety Requirements
- Mask to be worn at all times by instructor and student/client
- Physical distance of six feet or more required
- All students and teachers will go through a health screening upon entry
- Student/parent required to sign a waiver
- Parents accompany student only when necessary for instruction
- Room cleaning
- Facilities will clean rooms before and after scheduled instruction
- Teachers will be asked to wipe down surfaces between lessons
Program offerings returning to In-Person Instruction include:
- Small instrumental ensembles
- Chamber Music groups
- Occasional Suzuki performance groups
- Select MacPhail Music for Life classes
All In-person offerings will take place in classrooms and Antonello Hall to allow for 6-8 feet of physical distancing.
Also, the instruments allowed in the groups will be limited to:
- Piano, strings, guitar, harp and percussion
- Woodwinds (except flute) and brass will be allowed in Antonello Hall only
Note: Any student wishing to participate via Online in these group offerings may do so.
Performances and Recitals
One of the roles of MacPhail Center for Music has always been to be a place where people can gather around music. We will continue this work through live online lessons, eLearning and virtual performances, providing opportunities for you to engage and connect. We look forward to serving you in person, welcoming back our faculty and staff, and to re-opening our doors to our community and all the wonderful music that happens when we get together.
All MacPhail Center for Music LIVE performances are cancelled until further notice. Student performances are taking place online, students should consult with their teacher or Jon Iverson at Iverson.Jon@macphail.org, Student Performance coordinator, regarding online performance opportunities. Check MacPhail On Demand for recorded performances. More will be added throughout the Spring and Summer.
- MacPhail Faculty Performance: Now available at MacPhail On Demand
- MacPhail Spotlight Series: Now available at MacPhail On Demand, including interviews with the Artistic Director, Misha Santora and Spotlight performing artists.
- Family Music Series: the Jack Brass Band performance moved to a virtual recorded platform. Please go to our On Demand Performance page to watch this fun family concert.
- Spring II Honors Recital- moved to a virtual platform. The performance can be watched at MacPhail On Demand.
(Updated January 21, 2021)
The health and safety of all members of the MacPhail Center for Music community is our top priority.
Our decision as to when and how to reopen will based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Governor Walz’s Directives, Minnesota Department of Public Health, local health officials and the MacPhail Sr. leadership team. We will keep you updated along the way.
As we move forward through the pandemic, health and safety will always remain our top priority. In addition to the guidelines listed above a here are some additional items that have been implemented in the Minneapolis building to increase air flow and maintain a clean environment.
- Two Clorox 360 machines are being used to cleanse rooms throughout each day.
- Several hepa filters are located throughout the classrooms and large studios
- Significant upgrades have been made to our HVAC system
- Improved controls over air flow with an ability to increase air flow in all rooms
- UV lighting system is scheduled to be installed into all duct work to cleanse the air as if flows through the building.
- Many sections of plexiglass are utilized in classrooms to help maintain separation between students.
- A glass barrier has been mounted at the student services desk to provide separation between guests and student services staff.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 and its spread, please refer to the situation pages available through the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.
Check back for updates.
Student Resources for E-Learning: