Health and Safety

At the New School of Music, we are committed to protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families. This page is to communicate what we are currently doing to keep our community healthy. It will be updated regularly as public health trends, available data, and recommendations evolve. 

Updated NSM Policies- Effective 9.3.21

The City of Cambridge has implemented an indoor mask mandate. Most of our school policies are staying the same; the only thing this changes is that students and faculty members no longer have the option of removing masks for private lessons.

What is staying the same:

  • Masks that cover the mouth and nose must be worn while in common spaces in the building. If you forget your mask, or it gets wet or dirty, we can provide one for you.
  • In-person lessons and classes will take place only if both the instructor and the student feel safe doing so.
  • Parents or other family members may come inside to wait for a student during their lessons, or for pick up/drop off.
  • In-person registration and inquiries are now by appointment only.
  • No need to sign in at the front door.
  • Not all lessons and classes need to be socially distanced (details below).
  • Class sizes can increase.
  • Some woodwind and voice lessons can be in-person.

What is changing:

  • Masks must be worn for all activities indoors at NSM.

The following guidelines are for staff and students who show no symptoms of COVID-19. Staff and students who show symptoms should stay home until receiving a negative test result or until 10 days after symptoms started (with feeling better and no fever).

NSM asks that you defer to the risk tolerance of the most cautious person in a particular lesson or class- for example, if one person (student, family member, or teacher) prefers to keep masks on, please respect their wishes and keep that lesson or class masked. We want to make the school a safe and welcoming environment for people of all health considerations.

***All of our in-person faculty members are fully vaccinated.***

Teaching Vaccinated Students:

-may teach private lessons in person without social distancing, with masks on

-may teach voice and wind instruments in person, if masked

Teaching Unvaccinated Students:

-may teach private lessons in person without social distancing, with masks on

-wind instruments should remain distanced

-windows should be open if possible

Teaching Groups- Mixed Unvaccinated/Vaccinated Students

-masks should be worn for all indoor activities

-social distancing does not need to be maintained; please continue to use good basic hygiene, not share water bottles, etc.

-windows should be open if possible

NSM reserves the right to ask any person (student, faculty, family member, staff, etc.) to leave if their symptoms or behaviors present a risk to others at the school.

Contact Tracing Notice:

If you develop symptoms or receive positive test results for COVID-19 and have been at NSM in the past 14 days, we ask that you email Contact tracing is an essential part of containing the pandemic, and we need to be able to inform others of possible exposure. We will make every attempt to preserve your privacy.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Together, we can keep each other safe and continue to make great music!