CMS-EL Health and Safety Protocols

CMS-EL is excited to continue offering in-person activities. 

The Community Music School has instituted the following safety procedures based upon Michigan State University, CDC, and health department guidelines.

Hand Sanitizing

  • All CMS students/families are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer from the dispensers in the lobby upon entering the building and classrooms. This will lessen the risk of contamination on doorknobs and handles. 

Cleaning Measures

  • Cleaning protocols will continue in all practice rooms, classrooms, rehearsal rooms, and performance venues with special attention to shared instruments such as pianos and percussion.
  • Each teaching space has been provided cleaning supplies. Teachers will sanitize touched surfaces between classes and clean the teaching space at the end of the day. MSU custodial services will also clean daily.
  • The entire CMS facility has been evaluated by MSU Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) and meets all requirements for proper air exchange and handling.
  • Air purification units have been placed in all teaching spaces for further mitigation.



  • All CMS staff and faculty teaching in person are in compliance with the current MSU vaccination mandate.
  • As participants, CMS students and families are not currently required to disclose their vaccination status.
  • The most up-to-date information about the MSU vaccination mandate can be found at

By registering for any CMS-EL program, you are agreeing to the following Community Pledge to help keep CMS a safe and healthy place to make music.


Community Pledge

My family and I understand and accept that there are risks inherent in being physically present in a campus community during a global pandemic, but by taking care of others and myself, we can contribute to public health and safety.

To do so, my family and I will follow these guidelines:

Wash hands or sanitize Students must wash their hands before arriving at the Community Music School and are encouraged to use the restroom at home before entering the building. Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby.
Feeling sick? Stay home.

Students and families should not attend an in-person class or enter the CMS-East Lansing building while they are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue.

If symptoms are mild, your teacher may be able to provide an online lesson; please contact your teacher as soon as possible if any symptoms are present.

Report positive cases to CMS

Should a student be exposed to the virus, they should not attend an in-person class until a negative test result has been procured.

If a student has been exposed to or contracted the virus, the Community Music School office must be notified immediately for contact tracing purposes. Should this occur, all affected students are required to participate in contact tracing.


If you are unwilling to comply with this pledge, we look forward to welcoming you to the Community Music School building at a time when you will comply or when conditions no longer merit these measures.