Covid-19 Information

Caring for the MacPhail Community

We all play a role in helping keep each other safe. With the health of our students, faculty, and staff as our top priority, we will continue using the latest CDC and MDH to inform our protocols and will communicate regularly as our policies evolve. MacPhail is committed to helping our community work and play confidently with a rigorous focus on health and safety.

Updated April 1, 2022

What We Are Doing

Keeping Our Air Clean

MacPhail’s Minneapolis, Apple Valley, and Chanhassen HVAC systems have been upgraded to state-of-the-art ultraviolet cleaning systems which kills viruses and bacteria each time air is changed in a room.

The air change over at a higher rate per hour than required by the CDC for clinical settings.

MacPhail’s Austin has a brand new HVAC system.

Establishing Guidelines for Safe Music Instruction

Masking will be required in large group settings of 6 or more people for faculty, staff, students and guests.


Facial masks are not required in settings of 5 or fewer people. Specific settings include: 

  • 1:1 lessons 
  • Small groups of 2 to 5 members in a room 

Individual teachers may ask students to continue wearing masks during lessons. We ask that students respect the teacher’s request.

Note – Due to the nature of aerosol spread, Voice, Woodwind and Brass students are required to provide fully vaccinated status to remove mask in lessons. Students will be asked to send their vaccination verification to 

Masks are required in large group settings of 6 or more people. Specific settings include: 

  • Common spaces – corridors, lobbies, public restrooms 
  • Recitals and concerts (performers may unmask while performing) 
  • All Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® classes will continue to mask (all present, adults and children, must wear masks) 
  • Group settings with 6 or more people 
  • When wearing masks, KN94/KN95 and N95 masks are recommended. If you need one, masks can be picked up at the MacPhail Student Services desk.

Keeping Faculty & Staff Healthy

All MacPhail faculty and staff are required to be fully-vaccinated*.

We follow the latest state and federal guidance for risk assessment, disease prevention/tracking, and protection of public spaces and workplaces.

*Except for those with medical or religious accommodations

What You Can Do


Students and guests are asked to stay home if:

  • You are experiencing COVID-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion or runny nose, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • You had close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • You are self-isolating or self-quarantining because you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 or are worried that you may be sick with COVID-19.

Limit Time in the Building

Students and guests will be encouraged to self-monitor their time in the buildings and limit gathering in common areas of the building.

Please plan ahead, when possible, to limit restroom use.

Vending machines are unavailable and food is not allowed in post-performance receptions.


Limit Family Members in the Building

Students and families will be requested to limit the number of family members accompanying a student to their lesson or class.

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Music Lessons Online at MacPhail

Students and Teachers who wish to continue online instruction may do so. Studios are outfitted to support online teaching.

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.

Our students and faculty report amazing results with online instruction. In addition to online being a greener option that reduces carbon emissions, it requires less investment of time, and helps students focus and retain information.

If you are interested in learning more about online instruction at MacPhail or would like to start live online lessons, the JumpStart package is designed for you. Simply fill out a Student Placement 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.

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.

For questions or concerns about MacPhail’s COVID-19 guidelines, please contact us at

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