COVID-19 Response

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Brandeis is working hard to take what we learned this fall semester and apply it to Spring 2021. The semester will begin on Feb. 1 and employ a similar mix of remote and in-person learning to the fall, with enormous flexibility for students to decide what works for them.

As a music department, we are committed to guidelines based on the latest science and research about safety and musical performance. Whether your passion is playing an instrument, singing, taking part in a music ensemble, learning about how to research and write about music and its cultural contexts, or composing your own music, we are offering courses in all these areas this spring in a mix of teaching modalities (fully online, hybrid, and in-person).

The teaching modality for each of our courses is listed in the course description in the Brandeis Schedule of Classes. Videos and/or descriptions for all of our spring offerings are available here.

Our plans for the upcoming semester are designed, first and foremost, to help the Brandeis community remain safe. As a result, they depend upon a high degree of compliance — on the part of every community member — with health and safety protocols.

None of us knows what course the virus will take over the coming months. Every member of our resilient community will be ready to pivot to address new concerns should they unexpectedly arise. Despite all the unavoidable uncertainty, we are committed to ensuring that students’ instructional, research and engagement opportunities remain as rich and robust as ever.

At this time, we anticipate following the same protocols as in the fall of 2020, so we encourage you to refer to our Plans for Fall 2020 page until we have more information available for the spring semester, and keep an eye on the university’s COVID-19 response page for the latest updates.