Spring 2020: Music FAQs

Updated March 27, 2020

We will update this Music FAQ page frequently. 

Also visit SPU’s Spring Quarter 2020 website for the latest information, which will always supersede what is here. 

General online info

All SPU Music courses run through Canvas. Additionally, some of our instructors will be using alternative / integrated software such as Zoom, Skype, SmartMusic, Acapella, etc.

Free tools out there!

  • SmartMusic is offering free accounts for the next 90 days (talk to your teacher).
  • Avid has 90 licences for ProTools and sibelius- (talk to Ron Haight). 
  • Logic is free for Mac users (for a limited time).

Q: What do I do if I do not have access to the needed online tools?

First, communicate with your professors about your needs. There may be SPU resources that can help. 

Know that we have set up several workstations in isolation rooms (to be sanitized) down in Nickerson Studios. Each station will have the microphones and computer setups needed to engage with your teachers.


UPDATE: Spring Quarter hours will be 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. There will be no student after hours access in any of the buildings.

Crawford and Beegle 

Practice Rooms

Students must reserve a practice room and follow cleaning protocols. Time access is less important than student congregation or equipment sharing and students will be allowed to practice on regular CMB hours. 


Percussionists will have access to BH1 and the percussion rooms on a calendar reservation system. Students must sanitize equipment before and after use. No more than one person allowed in BH1 or the percussion room at a time. Reservations required.

Nickerson Studios

If you need access, contact Ron Haight to see if it is possible to use the studio. There will be no access without it. A few students can be in Nickerson from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., as long as Ron/faculty are with them during Spring Quarter. No after hours use.

  • If you are practicing voice or woodwinds, you will now get to practice in Nickerson. The three rooms to be used will be Nickerson 103, and the two small ensemble rooms 128, and 106. One person per room at a time. Reserve a room in RoomFinder.
  • After 5:00 p.m. you will need to call Security for access to the rooms.
  • If a student needs to access Nickerson, Ron (or the faculty member) must be there to open the door.
  • Ron (or the faculty member) must remain in the building while a student is there, but keeping safe distance.
  • Room (or area) to be sanitized after use.
  • Masks are now required in all public areas. You can take it off once you are in the practice area and the door is closed.

Q: What if I need to get an instrument or something from my locker? 

If you need access to get your instrument from your locker/storage, you should call Safety and Security at 206-281-2922. Please only do this once. (Bobbie Childers is working from home as much as possible during this time and is available via email at bobbiec@spu.edu.)

Q: What if I need to practice on SPU instruments? 

After April 13, you will be able to practice in the building from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. No social hanging out; maintain distance. Only one in a room at a time.

Q: What if I need access to the Nickerson Studios Tech Lab or Recording Studio? 

You can access Nickerson from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. after April 13. If you need access before April 13, contact Ron Haight for occasional limited access. 

As of now, no students will be allowed to work after hours without a faculty member

Performance classes

For Piano, Guitar, and Vocal classes, you will need access to the appropriate equipment. 

Q: What do I do if I don’t have the instrument I need? 

Know that the practice rooms are available 8 a.m.–5 p.m. for piano, but you are not to commute to school. You will need to find access to the equipment you need or, as fees are canceled, you can purchase a cheap option. 

Please communicate early with your professor.


  • All ensembles are scheduled to run this quarter. We are trying some very innovative things here, so be prepared to think outside the box! 
  • All live events are canceled. Stand by for some exciting online/remote concerts.


Recitals are approved with the following rules: 

  1. Only three people in the room: Student, professor, pianist. (possibly a tech person). 
  2. Livestream audience only.
  3. No live chamber music — recordings are OK, if you can produce it while apart. 

Q: What options do I have for my recital? 

You could continue to do your recital as planned with the above rules. Or, you could reschedule your recital for next year to perform in front of a live audience (please contact Bobbie at music@spu.edu to reschedule). 

Alternatively, you could propose an alternative project to substitute for your live performance.

Private lessons

All one-on-one private lessons will happen online. There are many formats that this will take including Zoom, Canvas, and SmartMusic. 

Q: Is it true that I can get a FREE SmartMusic account? 

YES! If your teacher plans to use SmartMusic, contact him or her for a subscription code. 

Q: What if I don’t have my instrument with me? 

  1. You could come to campus to pick up your instrument. 
  2. You could borrow or rent an instrument to practice on while at home. 
  3. Talk with your professor about options.


We will continue to hold practicum at Thursday’s at 11 a.m. online. Please save this time for all of SpringQuarter. We will be meeting either in small groups by instrument area/studio or by major.

From time to time, we will meet as a full group for our Futures of Music conversations. Full schedule below, but this may change!

  • April 16: Studio (Vocal, Instrumental, Piano) 
  • April 23: Futures in Music - KINGFM - Maggy Malloy and Seth Thomkins 
  • April 30: Studio (Vocal, Instrumental, Piano) 
  • May 7: Majors (Ed, Production, Therapy, etc.) 
  • May 14: Private Studios (your private teacher or the whole studio) 
  • May 21: Futures in Music - Eric Branner Musician and CEO FONS 
  • May 28: Studio (Vocal, Instrumental, Piano) 
  • June 4: Graduation and Social

Spring 2020 Overview

  • Spring Quarter will be remote learning only.
  • All events are cancelled for spring.
  • April 13: First day of Spring Quarter
  • All fees have been waived this quarter
  • Commencement: TBD