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School of Music Updates

The School of Music wants to keep you up-to-date on the latest news regarding COVID-19, campus procedures, and other important information regarding our work to provide the most healthy and safe environment possible for anyone arriving on campus. We will update this page as we have more information.

While we cannot host any live events at the School of Music due to COVID-19, we still want you to enjoy the wonderful music performed at the University of Tennessee. Please enjoy our Virtual Concert Series HERE.

If you have any specific questions about this fall, please email Jeffrey Pappas at

Campus Re-Opening

  • The University of Tennessee announced that campus will officially re-open on August 10th and resume normal campus operations. This includes the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
  • UT is still asking everyone to stay off campus as much as possible. We realize that there may be times you need to come to campus for various things. We will have more updates soon on access to campus and the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
  • Please view our Campus Re-opening Guide for a full list of guidelines regarding the re-opening of campus and the School of Music.
  • Masks must be worn while on campus at all times. This is in addition to keeping socially distanced from others around you.
  • If you believe you have been around someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or you are awaiting a test result or showing symptoms, please visit the website HERE to self-identify yourself to the university. This will ensure that you’re getting all the help you need during this time.

Class Schedules

  • The fall schedule of classes has been reworked. There are new times for all classes, and there are now 25 minutes between each class.
  • Each professor has chosen the teaching modality for each class – face-to-face, online, or hybrid.
  • If after seeing the new schedule of classes, you find the modality will not work for you, or you do not have the technology or internet connection to take the class online, please contact the School of Music. We will assist you in finding a solution.


  • The School of Music is offering a limited number of recital spots for those that need to perform a recital this fall in order to graduate. Please contact the professor you have been working with to determine if your recital is required.
  • All performers, except vocalists and wind and brass players (who may choose to do so), are required to wear masks during performances. Social distancing of at least 6 feet (9 feet for trombones) is mandatory. Exceptions to this policy must be cleared two weeks in advance of the recital with the director of the School of Music, and medical documentation may be required.
  • Only immediate family members of the student(s) who is/are completing the degree recital as part of a graduation requirement and the faculty member(s) working with that student are allowed in the hall. All recitals will be live streamed HERE and available for 30 days after the recital.
  • All audience members must be masked at all times while on campus and in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. If immediate family members are living together, social distancing is not required. If immediate family members do not live together, six-foot social distancing must occur at all times while in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. This policy extends to post-performance gatherings.
  • No receptions are allowed in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, and audience members must leave the building as appropriate after the recital.
  • Recitals will only be offered on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in order to limit the footprint on campus and to ensure those attending from off-campus can come to the safest and healthiest environment possible.

Virtual Concerts

  • We are excited to announce a virtual concert and lecture series starting during the fall semester. If you have an exciting research project or a performance that you would like to share, please contact the faculty you have been working with to get their approval. We will then be sure to include it in the concert series.

All-Gender Bathroom

  • The Natalie L. Haslam Music Center now has an all-gender bathroom. It is to the right of Room 113 in the hallway next to the administrative offices.

Practice Rooms

  • During the fall semester, practice rooms will be given out on a prioritized basis. There will be 5 people assigned to this room. You will need to fill out this SURVEY indicating which 3 practice rooms you would like to be assigned. There are no guarantees that you will be assigned to one of those 3 rooms, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone.
  • Once you fill out the survey, Karah Lawen will contact you to come to the office in order to pick up your key. Please make sure you keep this key in a safe place, as there is a $50 charge to replace any key. All 5 people will have their own key.
  • Once given your practice room assignment, you will need to work with the other 4 students on a schedule that works for everyone so that each student has ample time in the practice room.
  • The practice rooms will be open from 6:00am until midnight each day.
  • Throughout our practice room area, we have provided cleaning supplies for you to use.
  • For any area that is NOT a keyboard, please use the grey squirt bottle and the Wipe All wipes.
  • For all keyboards, please use the red keyboard cleaner (Hydrogen Peroxide). Please spray a small amount on a cotton tissue and wipe the keyboards, front to back on each key.
  • Before entering a practice room, please pick up the cleaning supplies and clean the room before using.
  • Once entering a practice room, you will need to initial the form affixed to the door to show that the room was cleaned. Please also clean the room when you leave and initial again.
  • Please do NOT leave any cleaning supplies in a practice room. They must be returned to the cleaning supply station from which you retrieved them.
  • Four of our practice rooms have been designated for student-lead evening rehearsals that are ensembles in the School of Music. These must be credited ensembles with the CRN. In order to reserve a room, your applied faculty advisor will need to either send an email to Karah Lawen or stop by and see her at the front desk. Once that occurs, you can come to the front office, pick up the key by 5:00 p.m., and return it by 10:00 a.m. the next day. The cleaning supplies in the room or in the hallway should be used to clean any surfaces that you have used after rehearsal, and please lock the room when leaving.

Building Access

  • Students will have access to the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center from 6:00 a.m. until midnight. The general public will be allowed in the building between 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • If you’re coming to the building before 7:30 a.m. or after 5:00 p.m., you will need to swipe your Student ID at the entrance in order to gain access to the building. Under no circumstances should you bring anyone with you who is not a School of Music major or minor.
  • If you find that your Volcard does not work when swiping to gain access to the building, please contact Katy Wawrzyniec (link:

Seating Areas

  • All of our seating has been marked to reflect the required social distancing. Please do NOT sit on an X.


  • The two tents behind the Clarence Brown Theater have been designated for School of Music use. During the day, faculty may be using the tents for classes. Students may use them in the evenings, on weekends, or when they’re not being used during the day.

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