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School of Music COVID-19 Updates

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Student Emergency Fund
The University of Iowa Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Government, and donors have contributed additional funds for the Student Emergency Fund, which provides microgrants averaging between $50 and $350. Students who experience an event or unforeseen circumstance that negatively and severely impacts their academic success, which may include unexpected medical and travel costs, unexpected decrease in work hours and income, and other unforeseen expenses due to COVID-19, should consider applying with the Office of the Dean of Students. Grants will be awarded based on funds available, which are limited.

Letter from the Director

August 3, 2020

Dear School of Music Community,

I hope this letter finds you well. The School of Music has been working tirelessly this summer to prepare for an optimal return to instruction this fall. We are committed to honoring the tradition of excellence at Iowa by basing our decisions on research. Working with a team of experts, the Voxman Music Building has been transformed into a science lab this summer, studying ACH (air changes per hour), ventilation, and aerosol behaviors in our unique spaces. We believe we are going to be as prepared as current science allows when we return to our building.

Tremendous thanks is due to the team leading this research:

  • Adam Schwalje, MD, DMA (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
  • Henry Hoffman, MD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
  • Charles Stanier, PhD (University of Iowa Professor, aerosol expert)
  • Matthew Nonnenmann, PhD (University of Iowa Professor, aerosol expert)
  • Dwight Schumm (Design Engineers, Cedar Rapids)
  • University of Iowa Facilities Management (esp. Tom Slaubaugh and Katie Rossmann)

As our understanding of COVID-19 evolves, so will our policies. Flexibility and understanding is going to be critical as we navigate this new landscape together. The School of Music webpage will be updated as policies adapt and change, based on data. 

No decisions will be made in the School of Music that do not meet both of these criteria: optimal health/safety and optimal pedagogical impact. Please join me in celebrating the resources available to us at a major research institution and the confidence this brings to our decisions and behaviors, challenging as they may be.

My best wishes,
Tammie Walker, DMA
Director, School of Music


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