Pandemic Management - 2021/2022

Music Academic Year 2021/2022 – Pandemic Management

 The following outlines how Music will manage on-campus activities for the academic year 2021/2022, including:

  • Class format
  • Safety in Music teaching and practice spaces
  • Meetings and supervisions
  • Room bookings
  • Information updates
  • Modules times


Class Format

Most classes will be held on-campus in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre or AMB G034. Some modules (such as DT3123, IS2105, MU2105 will be held either in the O’Donoghue Centre or in other venues throughout the university. For these classes you should adopt the safety procedures laid down for those spaces (see, for instance, the Pandemic Management details for Drama and Theatre Studies for classes taking place in the O’Donoghue Centre). Lecture- and practice-based teaching will happen ‘live’. One-to-one tutorials or supervisions will happen online (see ‘Meetings and supervisions’ below).

 Students who cannot attend classes for medical reasons may request alternative online provision by contacting the module lecturer or programme director in advance. Some lectures may be recorded and/or streamed live. Practice-based classes cannot be recorded or streamed due to the need to protect the privacy of all students.

 Safety in Music teaching and practice spaces

Please note the following:

  • Access to the Siobhán McKenna Theatre, G034 and the Music Practice Room will be limited to registered staff and students of Music. For now, the Keyboard Suite opposite G034 will not be available.
  • Students will need to use their student cards to gain swipe-card access to the Arts Millennium Building. Full details will be provided in September.
  • When in the McKenna, G034 or the Practice Room, students and teachers must sanitise hands before entering, must wear masks at all times, must follow one-way systems, must generally avoid sharing objects, and should follow all other COVID guidelines.
  • Lecture-based classes will place students at a distance of 1 metre from each other when seated. The same applies to practice-based classes for keyboard and string instrumentalists. Practice-based classes that involve singing or wind instruments should observe a distance of at least 1.5 metres between students.
  • Hour-long classes will run from the start of the hour to 45 minutes past the hour (e.g., 13.00 to 13.45). The fifteen-minute gap is to allow students time to leave the class before the next group enters. During that 15-minute period windows and doors must remain open, if possible.
  • Classes that run for two-hours or longer should ensure breaks for ventilation after 50 minutes (e.g., a class on the timetable from 13.00 to 15.00 should begin at 13.00, break for ventilation by 13.50; resume by 14.00 and stop at 14.45).
  • For some practice-based classes, it may be necessary for students to work in the foyer space outside the McKenna. To protect those students’ privacy as well as their safety, we therefore have to ask students not to gather in this foyer between classes.
  • All desks must be wiped down after lectures. Sanitary wipes will be provided in these rooms for this purpose. Please ensure that the wiptes are placed in the bin after use.
  • All staff and students using a piano in the McKenna, G034 or the Practice Room must wipe down the piano keys after using the instrument. Sanitary wipes will be provided in these rooms for this purpose. Please ensure that the wipes are placed in the bin after use.
  • With practice-based classes and rehearsals that involve singing or playing a wind instrument, staff and students must also wipe down nearby surfaces after use, particularly those in the foyer outside the McKenna.

 Meetings and supervisions

One-to-one meetings and supervisions between staff and students will take place online, via Teams or Zoom, not in person. These should be arranged in advance. For meetings of a pastoral nature, these should be either during staff office hours or by arrangement.

 Room Bookings

  • Music students will be able to book spaces for rehearsal in the McKenna and the Music Practice Room (and, on Tuesdays, G034) provided that they are doing so for assessed activities as part of their courses. Bookings may be for no more than one hour at a time. Students should stop playing at 50 minutes past the hour to allow time to wipe down surfaces before leaving.
  • In most cases, only one student will be permitted into the Practice Room at any one time. The one exception to this is if a performer needs an accompanist, in which case the accompanist may also be present. Both performers must comply with the safety guidelines outlined above.
  • The Practice Room window should be open at all times, weather-permitting, and must be open for the last 10 minutes of an hour-long booked session, irrespective of the weather, in order to ventilate the room.
  • In G034, there should be at least one window open at all times to ventilate the room.
  • Larger ensemble groups may be permitted into the McKenna or G034, but only with prior permission of the programme director. All performers must comply with the safety guidelines outlined above.
  • Access to Music teaching and practice spaces is strictly limited to registered NUI Galway staff and students except by prior arrangement with the programme director. Exceptions will include ticket-holding audience-members for events, the provision of professional services (e.g., theatre technicians), and visiting academic and professional speakers who have been invited to the building. Students booking rooms may only work with other NUI Galway students in the Music teaching and practice spaces.

 Information Updates

Students will receive regular updates by email. The arrangements outlined above will be kept under regular review and will be relaxed or intensified as public health advice evolves.

 Module Times

The provisional module and room times for all classes is listed below. Full details will be provided in your Blackboard module when you register for your classes.



Music at NUI Galway

We offer Music at undergraduate level as part of a BA (Joint-Honours) degree.  Visit NUI Galway's Courses Page for information on how to apply, entry requirements and assessment.