Covid-19 Updates

Updates & Information

MacPhail’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated June 8, 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 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.

Summer Session Plan for In-Person Lessons and Classes

Jump down to: On Site, In-Person Instruction Guidelines

Summer Session begins Monday, June 14, 2021

MacPhail’s plan aims to utilize instructional spaces up to 50% of capacity at any point in time. This will apply to the following facilities – Minneapolis, Apple Valley, Austin and Chanhassen. The White Bear Lake building will continue to be closed through the summer.

Individual Lessons (Individual Instruction, Music Therapy and Suzuki) is at the discretion of the student and the teacher and is not required; instruction may continue remotely.

Summer Camps will be in-person with limited group sizes. Online options are still available.. Madeline Island Chamber Music will take place in person limiting one student per dorm room. The Suzuki Institute will be a hybrid plan of in-person and remote offerings.

Sing Play Learn with MacPhail® will be offering a small number of in-person classes and camps with limited class sizes. The child and their caregiver will be spaced appropriately and assigned a dyad mat for the class.

Group Instruction (classes, ensembles, and MacPhail Music for Life™ classes) will continue as they have in the Spring Semester with small groups and ensembles occurring in person with proper distancing.

Community Partnerships (Schools, MT, MMFL, SPL) are gradually returning to in-person operations. Each partnership is addressed individually with consultation between MacPhail’s teacher(s) and the partner.


On Site, In-Person Instruction Guidelines

Updated June 1, 2021

Beginning June 14, 2021 MacPhail will allow in-person group and one-to-one instruction at the MacPhail Apple Valley, Austin, Chanhassen, and Minneapolis sites at 50% of capacity. (Sing Play Learn will begin June 12, 2021.) The White Bear Lake location will continue to be closed throughout the summer. In-person instruction is at the discretion of the student and the teacher and is not required; instruction may continue remotely. The following guidelines outline the process for entering the building, receiving instruction while in the building, and how to leave the building.

Building Access – Instruction

Those allowed in the building will include only students and guardians of students under 12 years old. Exceptions will be made when a guardian’s presence is required for instruction. Guardians of students 12 and over and general public will continue to be prohibited from entering the building. (The word student in the rest of the document will include any authorized guardian.)

All students in the building must limit their time in the building to their class or lesson schedule and may not deviate from this schedule to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please note, students that consistently linger in the building may have their authorization to receive instruction in the building revoked.

Building Access – Performances

Family and friends will be allowed to enter MacPhail to observe student performances in Antonello Hall in Minneapolis and the recital rooms in Apple Valley, Austin and Chanhassen. The room capacity will be 40 individuals in Antonello Hall and 20 in each of the recital rooms. All family and friends in the building must limit their time in the building to the performance to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Arriving at MacPhail

Enter the Minneapolis building at the 2nd street entrance; other sites use the primary entrance. Upon entrance, students must participate in a health screening which includes answering posted health questions and having their temperature taken. If the student answers any of the questions as yes, or has a temperature higher than 100.4, the student will be asked to go home.

Remember, all students should go home if sick. No one with symptoms should be present at the MacPhail building. Students who are sick or experiencing symptoms at home should contact their instructor and not come to MacPhail. Students should inform their instructor if they develop symptoms while at MacPhail. After notifying their instructor, they should leave the building immediately and return home.

If a student would like to be eligible for mask free instruction and without distance restrictions, they may verify their vaccination status by providing a copy of the COVID-19 vaccination (birth date may be redacted) along with their class/course/lesson and teacher name at the health screening desk. (Verification may be done in advance by sending the same information to verification@macphail.org.)

Covid-19 Prevention and Safety

MacPhail’s Apple Valley, Chanhassen and Minneapolis HVAC systems have been upgraded to an ultraviolet cleaning system which kills viruses and bacteria each time air is changed in a room. The air changeovers per hour (ACH) will be set at 2.5 to 3.0. (For comparison, the CDC recommends 2 ACH for hospital operating rooms and critical care units.). Additionally, the entire system will be refreshed each night. MacPhail’s Austin new site has a new HVAC system.

Students may ask their instructors directly to disclose their vaccination status; it is at the instructor’s discretion to share this information.

Students should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available, especially during key times when persons are likely to be infected by or spread germs:

  • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After using the bathroom
  • After touching garbage
  • Before and after instruction
Movement in the Building
  • Students must wear a mask when they move through the building to and from their classroom, studio and restrooms. Students may bring their own mask, or use a mask provided by MacPhail.
  • Elevator use is limited to two people at a time; this limit may be exceeded when all are from the same household.
  • Do not congregate or socialize in hallways or lobbies; keep six feet apart when possible.
  • Drinking water fountains are not in use. Water bottle filling stations are available on the 1st and 5th floor in Minneapolis.
In-Person Instruction – One or More Unvaccinated
  • Students under two years are not required to wear masks.
  • Student two to five years should wear a mask if they are capable of doing so.
  • Students six years and older must wear a mask during instruction. Brass and woodwind students will need to wear instrument-appropriate masks for themselves and the instrument.
  • Authorized guardians must wear a mask during instruction.
  • Maintain separation during instruction as follows:
    • Sing Play Learn (SPL) – 4’x4’ mats will be spaced 6’ or more apart in SPL classrooms. Student and guardian will be assigned a mat for each class.
    • 6 feet of separation – strings and guitar, music theory and composition, piano, harp, percussion
    • 9 feet of separation – clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trombone, tuba
    • 12 feet of separation – voice, flute, trumpet, oboe
In-Person Instruction – All Vaccinated

When all students and teachers in a single room are fully vaccinated and have documented their vaccination with MacPhail, the mask and distance restrictions can be rescinded for the duration of that activity in that particular room. Vaccination status may be verified upon arrival in the building, or in advance by emailing a copy of the COVID-19 vaccination (birth date may be redacted) along with their class/course/lesson and teacher name to verification@macphail.org. Once MacPhail has verified the classroom or studio participants are all vaccinated, permission will be granted to participants to proceed without COVID-19 restrictions.

Leaving MacPhail

At the end of a scheduled class or lesson, all students must leave the building immediately. Exit the Minneapolis building through the 5th Avenue vestibule; other sites leave through the primary exit.


Building Schedules
MinneapolisApple ValleyAustin Chanhassen
Monday-Thursday9 am to 9 pm1 pm to 9 pm9 am to 8 pm1 pm to 9 pm
Friday9 am to 4:30 pmClosed ClosedClosed
Saturday9 am to 3 pm (closed in August)ClosedClosedClosed
SundayClosedClosedClosedClosed

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.

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