Updated: September 9


PLEASE NOTE: Effective Wednesday, September 28, NYU will be lifting many existing COVID-19 protocols regarding masking, eating and drinking, testing, and performing arts practices. This page will be updated to reflect these changes. Please see the September 23rd announcement for the most current information.  


Overview

The Performing Arts are a central pillar of the NYU academic experience. The University hosts thriving arts programs at Tisch, Steinhardt, Arts & Science, and Gallatin, providing courses that encompass studio and ensemble work, private lessons, and performance opportunities to roughly 3,000 students. The 2021-22 academic year Performing Arts Guidelines—designed to provide protection for students and their instructors—exclusively pertain to performing arts activities that relate directly to specific academic courses and are not applicable to non-course activities.

General Guidelines

Vaccination Status

  • Those students who are not yet fully vaccinated and boosted (if applicable) may participate in performing arts activities provided they remain masked - as all students must be - and abide by the physical distance requirements for students who are not fully vaccinated and boosted indicated below.
  • Students who receive an exemption from the University’s vaccination requirement may participate in performing arts activities provided they remain masked and physically distanced for all activities at all times throughout the semester.
  • Instructors are prohibited from inquiring about a student’s vaccination status.

Masks

  • Masks are required for all in person performing arts activities (See Specific Guidelines below for details).
  • Students will be permitted to remove their masks while actively singing, dancing, acting, or playing a musical instrument in a show/performance in which there is an audience. Students must otherwise remain masked in the classroom, studio, and rehearsals (except for final rehearsals before performances, so performers can have an opportunity to rehearse without masks before the performance.
  • No student in any setting—in classroom, private lessons, rehearsal, and performance contexts—should be asked to remove a mask or be penalized in any way for wearing a mask.
  • Schools may choose to recommend specialized PPE such as Singer’s Masks or clear masks but any masks recommended should follow University guidelines.

Physical Distancing

  • In general, actors, dancers, and instrumentalists who are fully vaccinated and boosted (if applicable) do not have to physically distance while masked while engaged in performing arts activities subject to the Specific Guidelines below.
  • Those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted (if applicable) must maintain at least six feet of physical distance even while masked.
  • Vocalists, woodwind, and brass players who are fully vaccinated and boosted (if applicable) are required to follow physical distance guidelines and must perform while masked.
  • All students and faculty, regardless of vaccination status, do not have to physically distance while observing studio and ensemble work.

Private Lessons

All private lessons may be in-person with the student, instructor, and accompanist masked and physically distanced in accordance with the Specific Guidelines below. If the student and instructor want to have a private lesson without masks, the lesson should be held remotely.

Performances

Performances that are connected to the academic requirements of a course may proceed in accordance with Studio and Ensemble protocols included in the Specific Guidelines below. Students will be permitted to remove their masks while actively singing, dancing, acting, or playing a musical instrument in a show/performance in which there is an audience. Students must otherwise remain masked in the classroom, studio, and rehearsals (except for final rehearsals before performances, so that performers may have an opportunity to rehearse without masks before the performance). All audience members are required to be masked. Audience members are limited to NYU faculty, students, and staff.  Professionals in the performing arts industry (i.e. agents and managers) and student-invited guests may be admitted to performances under the University’s Visitor, Vendor, and Affiliate Policy. Students are required to submit guest requests through the event organizers. For more information on who may be admitted to performances, consult the University's Visitor, Vendor, and Affiliate Policy.

Specific Guidelines

Acting & Movement

Static: Acting

No strong vocal projection

Item Guideline
Studio Classes In Person
Distancing No physical distancing required for individuals who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted should maintain 6 ft of distance.
PPE Masks required for all in the room; students who are fully vaccinated and boosted may do short length (no more than 15 minutes) scene work (acting) without a mask in groups not to exceed four students.

Dynamic: Acting and Movement

Low aerobic stretching and warm-up, "pedestrian" movement, moderately projected voice and speech (not singing)

Item Guideline
Studio Classes In Person
Distancing No physical distancing required for individuals who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Unvaccinated individuals and those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted should maintain 6 ft of distance.
PPE Masks required for all in the room; students who are fully vaccinated and boosted may do short length (no more than 15 minutes) scene work (acting) without a mask in groups not to exceed four students.

Hyper-dynamic: Acting and Movement

Active aerobic movement, strongly projected voice and speech, dance might include jazz, ballet, tap, modern, etc. (not singing)

Item Guideline
Studio Classes In Person
Distancing No physical distancing required for individuals who are fully vaccinated and boosted Those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted should maintain 6 ft of distance.
PPE Masks required for all in the room; students who are fully vaccinated and boosted may do short length (no more than 15 minutes) scene work (acting) without a mask in groups not to exceed four students. Dancers must remain masked at all times.

Voice

Voice: Private Lessons

Item Guideline
Private Lessons In Person or Remote
Distancing Normal distancing (6 ft not required).
PPE
  • Student, instructor, and accompanist must be masked for In Person lessons
  • Students who are fully vaccinated and boosted, as well as  unvaccinated students may sing without a mask with the student alone in the room (i.e. instructor and accompanist are remote)
  • Teacher and accompanist wearing masks can be in the same remote room
Maximum Duration 60 Minutes

Voice: Ensembles

Item Guideline
Ensembles In Person
Distancing

Normal distancing (6 ft not required).

PPE All participants (singers, conductor, accompanist) must wear a mask (regular mask or The Singer’s Mask, or a clear mask.)

Voice: Singing Classes

Music theatre workshops, opera workshops, repertoire, etc.

Item Guideline
Singing Classes In Person
Distancing 12 ft between solo, unmasked singer and other class members; non-singing class members may observe without physical distancing between observers. Masked singers may sing with normal distancing.
PPE In repertoire classes, students who are fully vaccinated and boosted may sing solo unmasked with 12 ft of social distance from the accompanist and the rest of the class who can sit with no social distancing between them while observing/listening.

Woodwind and Brass

General Instrument Etiquette

  • Brass players should practice water key etiquette.
  • Drape water valve and collect condensate in a disposable towel. Dispose towel after use.
  • Do not empty water valve directly on the floor.
  • Brass players may wish to consider using a WindSorb (wash and disinfect after use).
  • Wind instrument players must take measures to ensure saliva from their instrument is contained.

Woodwind and Brass: Private Lessons

Item Guideline
Private Lessons In Person or Remote
Distancing Normal distancing.
PPE
  • Students, instructors, and accompanists must be masked for In Person lessons. Students may wear a mask with a slit while playing their instrument (regular mask must be worn whenever not playing).
  • Unvaccinated woodwind and brass players or those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted may play without a mask with the student alone in the room (i.e., instructor and accompanist are remote)
  • Teacher and accompanist wearing masks can be in the same remote room

Woodwind and Brass: Ensembles

Item Guideline
Ensembles

In Person; rehearsals will take place in the largest spaces available 

Distancing Normal distrancing.
PPE
  • Woodwind and brass players who are fully vaccinated and boosted may play without a mask (regular mask must be worn whenever not playing).
  • Unvaccinated woodwind and brass players or those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted must wear a mask with a slit while playing their instrument (regular mask must be worn whenever not playing).
  • Bell covers are not required.

Woodwind and Brass: Classes

Repertoire, reed making, etc.

Item Guideline
Classes In Person; rehearsals will take place in the largest spaces available. Some classes may need to be blended (sometimes remote) due to pedagogical needs.
Distancing Normal distancing.
PPE
  • Woodwind and brass players who are fully vaccinated and boosted may play without a mask (regular mask must be worn whenever not playing).
  • Unvaccinated woodwind and brass players or those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted must wear a mask with a slit while playing their instrument (regular mask must be worn whenever not playing).
  • Bell covers are not required.

Mixed Instrumental

Mixed Instrumental: Ensembles and Orchestra

Item Guideline
Ensembles/Orchestras

In Person; rehearsals will take place in the largest spaces available 

Distancing All instrumentalists may observe normal distancing.
PPE
  • Masks must be worn at all times by keyboard, string and percussion students
  • Woodwind and brass players who are fully vaccinated and boosted may play without a mask (regular mask must be worn whenever not playing)
  • Unvaccinated woodwind and brass players or those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted must wear a mask with a slit while playing their instrument (regular mask must be worn whenever not playing)
  • Bell covers are not required