A MESSAGE FROM MI
COVID-19 Update 10: August 24, 2020 - Important Message from the President Of MI (RE: Fall 2020)
I hope this finds you happy, healthy and safe. We have missed seeing you on campus and look forward to welcoming your return as a new or continuing student. With summer now underway, I want to update you on our planning for resuming in-person classes and operations, the health and safety commitments guiding our decisions and the shared responsibility we have in adapting to the temporary changes that will be in place during the fall term.
We have been carefully planning and preparing for reopening over the past few months. There are complex issues involved in our decision-making during this time of increased risk and uncertainty. The health and safety of our campus community has been and continues to be our top priority across all planning areas.
Musicians Institute’s planning was based on the reasonable assumption that Los Angeles Country would be in Phase 2 of the city’s reopening plan prior to your arrival. While we have been hard at work moving MI Forward, the progress of containing the pandemic has not moved in ways we hoped. Governor Gavin Newsom and the Los Angeles County of Health earlier this week revised the campus closures that were ordered in March. This has made it impossible to offer more than just a few on-campus classes until further notice. As a result, we are delaying the full reopening of campus spaces and in-person learning. At this time, it is our intention to begin fall instruction via Zoom with the following classes offered on campus:
– Sophomore Jury and Senior Jury
– Songwriting program Sophomore Recital
It is our intention to then increase on-campus instruction for select LPW’s, performance and Industry courses on or before week 5. However, this is contingent upon government and public health approval. Musicians Institute will offer facility usage for the following courses:
– Keyboard Proficiency
– Bachelor Ensemble
– Ableton Live
– Pro Tools
– Final cut pro
– Two cycles of Virtual Bachelor ensemble courses
ALL of these classes will be offered via Zoom and utilizing on-campus facilities is voluntary.
In addition, Musicians Institute will make the following available for student use on a limited reservation-based system:
– Drum Labs
– Vocal Labs
– Guitar/Bass private lesson rooms
– Keyboard/Composition private lesson rooms
– DJ Lab
– IAP Workstations
– AE Studios
– DAW Labs
It is important that we all take seriously the ongoing risk and threat of COVID-19. We must do our part as a community to help effectively manage and contain its spread by closely adhering to public health guidelines, especially physical distancing, the wearing of face coverings and staying home if sick or symptomatic. Musicians Institute has taken – and continues to take – significant and decisive steps to enhance regular cleaning and sanitization efforts at all campus locations. This includes, but is not limited to, increased frequency of cleaning: classrooms; vocal and drum labs; DAW labs and studios. Additional hand sanitizing and washing stations have been placed on all three floors (main building) and HEPA filtration has been added to our air circulation system.
Doing your part is essential. All of Musicians Institute members are required to follow these protocols at all times when on-campus:
- Wash your hands upon entry to all campus facilities, after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
- Wear a mask while on campus;
- Submit to a temperature screening upon entering MI facilities;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Adhere to social distancing protocols. Avoid unnecessary contact with others, including hugging and shaking hands; Do not congregate on MI premises.
- Use tissue paper for sneezing, or sneeze into your elbow (preferred over sneezing into your hands);
- Use hand sanitizers and disinfectants to regularly clean your workstations, electronic equipment, and surroundings; and
- Stay home if you are feeling sick.
The following structure we will be enacting to adhere to social distancing protocols:
Campus Access: Musicians Institute will operate on the following schedule for the fall 2020 term:
Monday-Friday from: 8:30am to 11:00pm
Saturday from: 8:30am to 6:00pm
Offices: Desks in offices have been reconfigured to allow for 6 feet of separation. Sneeze guards are being provided for all departments. An app-based appointment system is being implemented for all student facing departments to reduce office traffic. Walk-in assistance will not be accommodated without an appointment.
Classrooms: Classrooms will be set up with chairs 6 feet apart and 6 feet from instructor areas.
Restrooms: Restroom stalls will be reduced by half, or if applicable, to single occupant only. Stalls will be locked off, and urinals will be covered as well as sinks to ensure separation.
Student Lounges: Student lounge areas will be closed off and locked. Passage building exterior furniture will be reduced by half and only one chair per table will be permitted. Live House furniture will be reduced by half, limiting only two chairs per table.
Concert Hall: The Concert hall will have seating covered or taped off. 1 seat in 5 and every 3 rows will only be open.
Elevator: Elevator capacity will be a single person only.
Common Areas: Traffic through the hallways will be restricted to a single path of travel through the campus where possible. Congregation of students will be discouraged by security. Lockers assignments will be every fourth locker.
While campus operations will be different in this temporary environment from what you have come to expect or have anticipated, we are very excited to welcome you this fall as you begin or continue your education at MI. As we move forward together, I remain grateful for and inspired by the many ways our community is supporting one another during this time of challenge, uncertainty and difficulty. We will keep you informed as our plans progress. Please know that you have my continued support and well wishes.
Todd Berhorst | President
COVID-19 Update 9: June 2, 2020 - Delay opening of practice rooms
Todd Berhorst | President
COVID-19 Update 8: June 1, 2020 - Safety alert
Dear MI Students,
We strongly encourage you to adhere to the curfew guidelines set for LA or your county and do your best to stay home and safe during the protests happening throughout Los Angeles or in your own area in the coming days.
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We hope everyone is safe and well.
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COVID-19 Update 7: March 24, 2020 - All classes offered online for Spring 2020 quarter
We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We wanted to let you know MI will now offer all courses through Zoom for the entirety of the Spring 2020 quarter. As we will be able to modify many of the courses for this new platform, some courses will require pivoting in order to administer. Because of this, and because not all of the school resources will be available in Spring, MI will provide a 10% discount to all Spring 2020 enrollees.
The campus will remain closed through April, and we will decide if we can re-open some student resources, such as practice/DAW labs in May. Even if the school partially re-opens, all courses for Spring 2020 will remain in Zoom for the remainder of the quarter. In addition, for the safety of the students and faculty, ensembles, events/clinics, all student studio sessions and Master of Music program courses will NOT be offered. As it stands, we will re-open our campus for Summer 2020, as long as it is safe to do so for the students and faculty.
Therefore, we will utilize Zoom for our brick and mortar courses. The classes will be synchronous, meaning you will meet your Instructors and classmates on Zoom like a regular class, we will take attendance, and we will teach normally, by lecturing, sharing slides/PPT/videos and answering students’ questions through Zoom. (NOTE: International Students will watch recorded lectures due to the time difference). We recommend Zooming with other students over the break to get used to this new platform and try sharing some slides, PDFs, your screen, etc. if you are not familiar with Zoom platform. Zoom is very similar to “Skype” conference calls.
Should you have any technical issues, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ZOOM Tech Support, Jon P. Rygiewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see details below concerning the use of ZOOM:
- Instructors will teach from home
- All quizzes and assessments will be delivered through the LMS
- Projects will remain the same, uploaded to the LMS
- Midterms and Final exams will be administered through Zoom
- Live zoom sessions will be held at the same days/times as their regular class schedule
- Zoom is not recorded or self-paced class but live zoom sessions are recorded and archived in D2L for students to view for both International and Domestic students
- Students will be able to engage with their instructor and classmates during zoom class and on online platform
- Almost anything that faculty and students do in a classroom can be adapted to the Zoom environment.
We have been in contact with many of you via email concerning your classes. We are confident that you will be satisfied with classes delivered via ZOOM. If you are not, please feel free to contact your Program Chair, and Student Services by Thursday, Week 1.
We are confident that we will get through this worldwide crisis and emerge a stronger campus community. Everything we are doing to manage this quarter will benefit us in the long run. Please stay safe and healthy. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We are here for you. Contact information is attached in a separate document.
We hope to see you via Zoom on April 6th.
COVID-19 Update 6: March 19, 2020 - Clarifying the use of onground ZOOM classes vs. MI Online
First of all, thank you for your willingness to work with the last minute changes brought upon by the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
As an institution, we need to clarify our message when it comes to the completion of WI2020 final exams and the continuation of studies in SP2020 from your place of quarantine, wherever that may be in the world.
When we use the term “online,” we are referring to our MI Online programs, first launched this current WI2020 quarter. We will now use the term “onground” to refer to our programs offered here on our Hollywood campus and for our guitar craft students in Nashville.
We had been using the term “online” to refer to the use of ZOOM video conferencing as we’ve migrated as much testing as possible to the platform in order to not leave a whole quarter’s worth of testing to weeks 1 and 2 of the SP2020 quarter. The proper manner in which to describe this situation is to say we are moving the final exam from the classroom in which it was originally scheduled to “ZOOM.” From now on, we will use the term “ZOOM” to refer to utilizing ZOOM video conferencing software as the classroom for onground classes.
We have been running onground classes as ZOOM classes for a few quarters now, namely Common Course Harmony Theory and Ear Training, amongst others. This practice will continue in the future, and to a greater extent, for next quarter as we do everything we can to continue your studies in contemporary music while dealing with the global coronavirus pandemic.
Decisions are still being made on the state of onground classes on the Hollywood campus for Spring, but the Spring 2020 quarter will go on no matter what, with the use of our online platform and ZOOM video conferencing technology. We are confident in that and are working hard in making this as easy as possible for all MI students.
Ron Dziubla | Dean of Compliance and Assessment | Program Chair, Common Course
COVID-19 Update 5: March 17, 2020 - Free Internet Service for Students & Low Income
If you or someone you know qualifies, some internet service providers are offering free internet service for the next couple of months for students (K-12 and college) who are new subscribers.
Charter/Spectrum (Services Los Angeles.)
Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
Full Charter Press Release (March 13, 2020)
As announced yesterday, it’s even easier for low-income families who live in a Comcast service area to sign-up for Internet Essentials, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. New customers will receive 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program’s Internet service was increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
Full Comcast Press Release (March 13, 2020):
If you need these services, please use them. Do not hesitate to sign up.
COVID-19 Update 4: March 17, 2020
Concerning the final exams for Harmony Theory 011 (CC-011), Harmony Theory 021 (CC-021), Harmony Theory 101 (CC-101), Harmony Theory 201 (CC-201), Ear Training 012 (CC-012), Ear Training 022 (CC-022), Ear Training 102 (CC-102), and Ear Training 202 (CC-202); the faculty sends the following message:
What is changing
You will not take the test in the library as the school is closed. You can take the test at home or wherever you have internet access.
The test will be available all week starting Monday at 8:00am until Friday at 5:00pm. After Friday at 5pm, there will be no further opportunity to take the exams.
From 9am to 5pm each day, an instructor will be available via Zoom to address any issues that may arise during testing.
It is recommended that you take the exam during that time. The Zoom link will be coming in a followup email.
You will not need a password to begin the test.
For ET 102 and 202, the written portion has been replaced with non-written questions.
What is staying the same
You will still take the test through the LMS (classrooms.mi.edu).
You will still have 75 minutes per test.
You will still be expected to follow MI’s Academic Honesty Policy, and will be held accountable if found to be in violation.
COVID-19 Update 3: March 16, 2020
As many of you are aware, for the safety of MI students, faculty, and staff, campus is officially closed this and next week (3/16-3/27/20). Please note that we are scheduled to REOPEN campus and RESUME regular activities for the start of the Spring 2020 Quarter on Monday, April 6th.
During the campus closure, MI is still fully operational. Faculty and staff are working remotely and are able to be contacted via email during regular business hours (8:30am-5:00pm). Students are able to receive support from all offices as they would if the campus was open. Please refer to contact information at the end of this email if you need any assistance. Finals are available online and still in session, we are utilizing zoom/online to complete the Winter 2020 Quarter.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for your support and understanding.
COVID-19 Update 2: March 13, 2020
The health and safety of Musicians Institute’s students and staff continues to be our top priority. In response to emerging information regarding the transmission of COVID-19, Musicians Institute will be CLOSED effective today (3/13) at 5:00pm through week 12. We will reassess the situation for week 13 at the end of week 12. Students will be given the opportunity to remove any personal items from their lockers on Monday, March 16th between the hours of 8:30am and 12:00pm. After this timeframe, there will be no access to MI’s facilities until the campus re-opens.
During this closure, final exams will be completed online for those classes that can complete their exams online. Please stay in-touch with your instructors and check your student email more often than may have been previously recommended. For performance and ensemble type classes that require face-to-face meetings, we will complete those week 11 activities when we return to campus. We hope this will be April 6th, the scheduled date for the SP2020 quarter. All student facing departments and personnel will be working remotely and able to assist you Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Please be assured that all necessary resources and student support will be in-place during the closure period.
Specifics concerning week 11 and final exams. Classes that feature online components to their final exams will conduct those final exams online. Please see the following course by course breakdown. If your class is not listed, please contact your instructor. Being in communication with your instructors is most important. Also know that the Program Chairs and Deans are here to assist via email.
Sophomore and Senior jury performances will be postponed until classes resume.
CC-011, -021, -101, 201, -012, -022, -102, -202 courses will complete their final exams online via the LMS. Faculty will update you concerning the procedures in which they will proctor their final exam.
CC-015 and -025 will complete their final exams via video recorded performances.
CC-307/407 – Visual Media 1-2 Final Exams to be proctored via ZOOM and administered through the LMS
All Keyboard Proficiency classes including CC-018, -028, BACH-313, -P413, -P513, Pro Reading Ensemble 1-2 will be replaced by YouTube link submission.
Contemporary Arranging BACH-P103, -P203, -P303, -P403, -P503, and -P603 will be graded based on scores and recording sessions will be postponed indefinitely.
Songwriting 1-6, Lyric Writing, Mechanics of Score Production 2, and Scoring 1-10 course finals will be replaced by online submissions.
ARTST (IAP/APE) Final Exams to be proctored via ZOOM and administered through the LMS:
ARTST-101/201/301/401 – Recording Project 1-4
ARTST-106/206/306/406 – Musicianship 1-4
CC-307/407 – Visual Media 1-2
ARTST/CC-107/207/307/407 – Songwriting for IAP & APE (ALL LEVELS)
Upper levels of Ear training CC-302, -402, -502, and -602 final exams will be adjusted to Youtube link submission of assigned sight singing materials.
The following MUBUS courses (those required in Performance AA programs, Audio Engineering Associate programs, IAP, APE, DJ, and Bachelor) will meet via Zoom at the regularly scheduled section times, and final exams will be taken online:
MUBUS-0360 Applied Entertainment Business 1
MUBUS-0460 Applied Entertainment Business 2
MUBUS-0307 Independent Artist Marketing
MUBUS-0202 Media Relations, as well as the MUBUS-202-D01 section for the Music Business Program students
Although the lists of classes above is small, we expect it to soon be comprehensive. Your administration will be moving quite quickly to prepare our offerings for the SP2020 quarter. Where we can go online, we will.
To conclude, I would like to say thank you on behalf of the OAA and administration. Nothing matters more to the institution than you, our students. Please keep in communication with your instructors, program chairs, and deans. Please check your MI student email on a regular basis. We are prepared to take advantage of this negative situation and turn it into a positive one for all involved.
Todd Berhorst | President
COVID-19 Update 1: March 12, 2020
With this in mind, we have defined social distancing measures which will serve as guidelines in scheduling all Musicians Institute events effective immediately:
- Gatherings of 15 or more individuals will not be permitted. This includes all classes and performance events.
- Academic and administrative offerings will be pushed online whenever possible.
- During our two-week break, the MI main building, Live House, and Music Business building will be closed to all students while we disinfect all surfaces, gear, and computers.
The administration of Musicians Institute is open to all questions and inquiries. We are available to answer any questions concerning our upcoming finals week, new student registration, and the SP2020 quarter.
What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19?
COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in China, and limited spread among close contacts has been detected in some countries outside China, including the United States. At this time, however, this virus is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation.
How does COVID-19 spread?
The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it is unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
– Shortness of breath
What can I do to protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Everyday things you can do to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading the respiratory illness to others, you should:
– Stay home when you are sick
– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Is there a vaccine or treatment?
There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There is also no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, but people with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.
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