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About The Conservatory of Performing Arts

Fall 2021 Update

Fall 2021 will see the return of face-to-face instruction at the Conservatory of Performing Arts and while the province has lifted all public health restrictions, the University of Regina continues to require masking and social/physical distancing on campus. Read our updated protocols below:

In-Person Course Information

Conservatory Fall 2021 COVID Protocols for Private Music Lessons & Group Classes

In order to keep teachers and students as safe as possible during music lessons and classes, MASKING IS MANDATORY and the following protocols have been put in place:

  1. Teachers and students must wear masks at all times during lessons and group classes, though the below exceptions apply:
    1. During one-on-one lessons only:
      1. voice, winds, and brass students and teachers/accompanists are required to remain masked, while only students may remove their mask to play/sing. Bell covers are recommended for winds and brass instruments.
    2. During group classes:
      1. voice students (including choir members and musical theatre students), directors, and accompanists are to remain masked at all times.
      2. winds and brass students and teachers are to stay masked at all times except when playing. Bell covers are required for ensembles when playing and can be purchased before the first class from music retailers like Long & McQuade.
  2. Guitar, harp, strings, organ, and piano lessons and group classes require a minimum 2 metres of physical distancing between teachers and students even when masked.
  3. Voice, winds, and brass lessons and group classes require a minimum of 3 metres of physical distancing between teachers and students even when masked.
  4. Between lessons or at the conclusion of group classes, teachers are required to wipe down touch points in their studio/classroom with provided anti-bacterial wipes. We appreciate your patience as you wait for your teacher to disinfect the space.
  5. Practice social distancing:
    • Come alone or only send one family member into the building with your child.
    • Come at the time of your class/lesson then leave after your class/lesson finishes.
  6. For all other programming in dance, theatre, and visual art, masking is required and a minimum of 2 meters physical distancing between teachers and students is required even when masked.

Complete and read the University of Regina COVID-19 Campus e-Training to learn more about the risks and hazards of COVID-19, what to do if you feel unwell on campus, how to properly care for and wear a mask, and more information about the University of Regina safety guidelines.

To facilitate the above physical distancing requirements some teachers have been shifted to different studios. Group classes are in larger classrooms and may have less participants than usual.

What to Do If You (or Your Child) Have Symptoms or Test Positive for COVID-19*:

Follow this flowchart: COVID-19 Illness Flowchart for Students, Faculty, and Staff.

If you or someone in your household are experiencing symptoms within the 48 hours leading up to your class/lesson, please stay home and contact your instructor about the possibility of joining the class/lesson remotely or (for private lessons only) rescheduling your lesson then call the Saskatchewan Healthline at 811 for further direction.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please stay home and notify your instructor you will be missing your lesson/class, as well, inform the Health, Safety and Wellness (HSW) team that you or your child has tested postive by e-mailing them at health.safety@uregina.ca or calling 306-337-2370. All information shared with HSW is confidential.

*Symptoms of COVID-19 could include: fever, cough, headache, muscle and/or joint aches and pains, sore throat, chills, runny nose, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis (eye infection or pink eye), dizziness, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite (difficulty feeding for children), altered sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, and/or difficulty breathing.

We are working to keep health and safety a top priority this fall as we return to be creative and make music together. We are looking forward to meeting with you all again in person!

Remote/Online Course Information

CCE Community Online: your online classroom. This is where you will go to find Zoom links and other course information provided by your instructor. Please note: this is a different site from the credit UR Courses, even though it may look the same. Use the link above and the login credentials provided by Student & Instructor Services Non-Credit. Your credentials will be sent no later than 24 hours prior to your first meeting date. Classrooms will only be available to view 48 hours before your first meeting.

Zoom: go here to create an account if you want to customize any of your profile setting like your name, image or other preferences. Participants are NOT required to create an account in Zoom to participate in programs.

For all technical issues, please contact Student & Instructor Services Non-Credit.

What do I need to join remote/online courses?

  1. Web cam
  2. Microphone
  3. Computer or Smart Device
  4. Internet Access

If you have a smart device like a tablet or smartphone, you already have items 1-3 covered in one device! You can buy external microphones to improve audio quality but they are not a requirement. It is your responsibility to provide any equipment needed for remote/online programs. If you are unsure if you have the proper equipment check your devices before your first class or please contact Student & Instructor Services Non-Credit Office

What should I expect from my courses?

  • Zoom Video Conferencing: Zoom is how you will meet with your teacher each week. If you are worried about audio, there is an advanced audio setting where you can enable Original Sound, so you don't have to worry about compressed audio. Zoom rooms are password protected and have the waiting room enabled by staff to keep calls safe. See our Zoom Call Ground Rules below for more information. 
  • Variable Call Quality: Audio and video quality may vary from instructor to instructor and from week to week. There is lag time and video/audio delays which means performing together in calls is difficult. The technology is not perfect but it works!
  • Your Online Classroom: To make up for the limitations in the technology, each private lesson studio and group classes will have an online classroom in CCE Community where teachers will be able to share audio, video, assignments and communications to supplement weekly video conferences. For example, your teacher may ask you to record yourself and then give you written feedback on your performance or they may ask you to watch some videos and give your feedback. 
  • Less Transportation Time: you don’t even have to leave the house! However, make sure you leave enough time to get your technology set up each week.

How should I set-up my space at home?

  • Optimize Your Connection: Get close to your Wi-Fi router, whenever possible, as this improves you connection. If possible, have a hardwire connection on a laptop or desktop computer. You can also ask your provider for a signal booster if you experience continued connection interruptions.
  • Limit Internet Usage: Encourage other family members in your home to limit their internet usage during your lessons/classes, especially on any kind of streaming service (example: Netflix).
  • Know Your Classroom Expectations: Find out what your teacher needs to see and what materials you need to prepare before class. As examples, they may need to see close-ups of your hand when you play piano or they may need to have scripts printed with a pencil and eraser ready for making notes. Instructors will be posting their expectations for calls in CCE Community Online.
  • Remove Distractions: Designate space in your home you or your child will use each week. Silence devices. Build routine by scheduling when to get this space set-up each week to help prepare for lessons or classes.

For advanced troubleshooting, please read this one page document: Setting Up for Online Lessons or watch the above kid friendly video produced by students at the U of R.

Zoom Call Basics

You don’t need to download Zoom onto your computer (web based service) but you will need to download the app if using a smart device. It is available for free in Google Play or the App Store.

Zoom Call Ground Rules

These rules guide all calls for the Conservatory of Performing Arts programming. In all cases if you are experiencing technical issues with Zoom or experienced an emergency while on a Zoom call, please contact Student & Instructor Services Non-Credit.

  1. Closed Calls & Meeting Links: Zoom calls will be closed and are only allowed for registered participants and approved staff. Do NOT share your link or Meeting ID with anyone else, as this puts all participants at risk for potentially harmful intruders. If you believe any unauthorized person has gained access to the private meeting link, please inform Student Services Non-Credit immediately.
  2. Dressing Appropriately: You are expected to ensure you (or your child) is appropriately dressed (example: have your child dressed how they would go to school). Please avoid dressing in clothing with potentially offensive text/patterns/images/designs. If you are wearing clothing that is not appropriate, we will turn off your video immediately and ask you to resolve the situation.
  3. Emergencies: In the event you are transmitting from a space that is experiencing a fire or emergency situation where you and your child need to evacuate, if possible, please inform the staff on the Zoom call about the emergency and leave the call immediately. Do NOT stay on the Zoom call if your safety is at risk. Please ensure your family has an emergency procedure in your home or your child knows your apartment/condo building’s emergency procedure and muster points. Contact Student Services Non-Credit if you experienced an emergency during the session and were unable to join the Zoom call.
  4. Screenshots & Recordings: Before either a screenshot or a recording happens, instructors will inform participants and will need to have prior express consent from ALL participants or parents/guardians (for minors). The Conservatory has a online survey that will be sent to families if your instructor plans to record calls throughout the term. If you have not completed this survey, your calls will not be recorded.
  5. Setting-up Your Camera & Background: You are expected to ensure that the camera that you are using does not show inappropriate things in your home. You are required to have your (or your child’s) back against (or camera facing) either:
    • a blank or non-descript wall/background
    • a wall with relevant activities/instruments in the background
    • an appropriate virtual backdrop
    If we notice something on your video that we determine is not appropriate, we will turn off your video immediately and ask you to resolve the situation.
  6. Social Media Usage: Your child will never be asked to use social media (ex: Facebook, Snapchat, etc) with staff during courses. All communications will be transparent and with parents/guardians.
  7. Supervision: Parents retain full supervisory responsibility for any and all activities that happen as a part of your child's course and the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts is NOT providing supervision for children. Please note that in the waiver you signed for participation during registration, you indicated you were aware we were not providing supervision for your child. The full waiver is available on your receipt and in your online ActiveNet account.
  8. Waiting Room Function: We are requiring instructors wait for at least 2 participants to be present before admitting students to the classroom from the waiting room in group classes. We recommend joining the classroom/waiting room at least 5 minutes before the class/lesson to ensure your connection is working properly and you are or your child is ready to go!

About the Conservatory

The faculty and staff at the Conservatory believe the arts are an essential part of human life and can enrich the life of everyone who engages in the arts. To help students reach their goals, the Conservatory offers one-on-one music lessons and group classes in the arts for people of all ages. 

The Conservatory of Performing Arts:  a leader in Arts Education in Southern Saskatchewan.I heart the arts logo

For more than a century, the Conservatory of Performing Arts has been a beacon of arts education in southern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1912, the Conservatory continues to link people to their passions by providing accessible arts education to learners of all ages and abilities. The Conservatory strives to foster a supportive and respectful environment which offers opportunities for people to be actively engaged in the arts; this kind of activity is crucial in the creation of a strong community.

Today the Conservatory of Performing Arts is a part of the University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education and home to Darke Hall – the first performing arts venue in Regina. Many of the faculty at the Conservatory are members of the Regina Symphony Orchestra and are working musicians and artists who perform with their own groups and ensembles. Conservatory alumni have gone on to work as professional musicians, teachers, lawyers, administrators, and more. Come to the Conservatory to experience the best in:

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