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COVID-19 Safety Information (Updated 11/21/2021)


Last Updated - November 21, 2021

Until further notice, a mask mandate is still in effect for Louisiana Tech University, by order of the University of Louisiana System president (read here), even though the Governor has lifted the state-wide public mask mandate. This mask mandate also applies to all School of Music classes, concerts, and other events both on- and off-campus, and must be observed by faculty, staff, students, and the public attending these events. There are no longer any extra, music-specific COVID-19 protocols in place within the School of Music beyond those that generally apply to the entire campus community. You can find any updated information at https://www.latech.edu/coronavirus/.


The faculty of the School of Music resolutely and unequivocally follow the lead of President Guice and other campus officials in urging all music students (majors, minors, and those participating in any music course or ensemble) to get fully vaccinated as soon as possible - but especially now that vaccines are required for enrollment in the Winter 2022 quarter (unless a student has an approved waiver) - in order to protect themselves and others from the possibly catastrophic effects of COVID-19 on a musician's body. As a faculty and staff with sincere love, respect, and concern for the safety of our students, we will continue to do our duty to protect them by sharing information to debunk common myths, misunderstandings or misinterpretations of scientific findings, and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine. We are also duty-bound by our accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Music, that requires us to inform students about health concerns related to music each year, which, of course, would now include providing factual information about COVID-19 and the vaccines that help protect the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, renal , and gastrointestinal systems of a musician from the damage done by both symptomatic and asymptomatic infections. It is easy to understand any possible hesitancy, especially among young people, given the prevalence of unfounded rumors and myths that connect the COVID-19 vaccine to infertility, possible damage to a vaccinated person's genetic material, controversial ingredients or materials that were used to create the vaccine and/or controversial materials that are supposedly injected into the body with the vaccine. However, according to many of our nation's most trusted experts,* many of the causes at the root of these particular concerns aren't even scientifically possible with this type of vaccine. Others are concerned about the speed at which the vaccines were developed. Still others believe that having been infected and diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past means that they no longer need a vaccine because they now have antibodies to naturally fight off future infections; while studies suggest that there is a brief period of some immunity immediately after an infection, these studies also show that this natural immunity is not as strong at fighting COVID-19 as a vaccine would provide, and this partial immunity rapidly decreases within a little more than a month of the initial infection. We encourage students and parents with similar reservations to seek out relevant information that is backed up by scientific proof and that is supported by a consensus of expert opinion shared among leading public health experts, epidemiologists, and experts in related fields. Our ability to "return to normal" here in the School of Music directly correlates to the vaccination rate among students participating in music courses and ensembles. In order to make sure that everyone gets the most out of their time here in the School of Music at Louisiana Tech, please seriously consider getting your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. These are currently available at no cost (i.e. for free). A list of locations in Louisiana where vaccines are available can be found here: https://ldh.la.gov/directory/vaccination


*In addition to the information provided by the experts at Johns Hopkins and other trusted institutions provided in the links above, over 100 professional organizations in music have sponsored groundbreaking studies in COVID-19 transmission through music-making, and our safety protocols are guided by their research, findings, and recommendations. You can find information about these studies at this website.

Important Dates for 2021-2022 (Academic Calendar)

August 1, 2021: Admission Application Deadline for Fall 2021

August 30: 1st Schedule Purge for Fall 2021 non-payment (i.e. the Registrar's Office will drop any students from their courses if they
have an outstanding tuition bill by 5:00PM CST on this date)

August 31: General Registration/Fee Payment

September 3: Residence halls open at 9:00AM CST (Band of Pride students should discuss early move-in with the Director of Bands)

September 6: Labor Day (University Closed)

September 8: 2nd Schedule Purge for Fall 2021 non-payment (i.e. the Registrar's Office will drop any students from their courses if they
have an outstanding tuition bill by 6:00PM CST on this date)


September 9: FALL 2021 CLASSES BEGIN

September 10: School of Music Orientation, 2pm, Recital Hall - All new music students are required to attend

September 13: Late Registration Ends (last day for Drop/Add and "no-grade" drops)

September 21: 9th class day (Census Date)

October 25: Advising for Winter 2022 Begins

October 29: Last day to drop courses or resign with "W" grades ("F" grades after this date)

November 1: Admission Application Deadline for Winter 2021

November 9: 1st Day of Winter 2022 Registration for 1st-Year (Freshman) students

November 1-19: Advising/Registration Period for Winter 2021 Courses

November 18: LAST DAY of CLASSES - FALL 2021


November 19: 1st Schedule Purge for Winter 2022 non-payment (5:00PM CST)

Residence Halls Close at 12:00pm noon

November 23: Grades go "live" in B.O.S.S.

November 25-26: Thanksgiving Holidays (University Closed)

November 28: Residence halls open at 1:00PM CST

November 30: 2nd Schedule Purge for Winter 2021 non-payment (6:00PM CST)


December 1: WINTER 2021 CLASSES BEGIN

December 3: Late Registration Ends (last day for Drop/Add and "no-grade" drops)

December 13: 9th class day (Census Date)

December 21: Winter Holidays begin (at end of classes)

Food Services close at 2:00 PM

Residence Halls close at 7:00 PM

January 5, 2021: Winter Holidays end (classes resume at 8:00AM)

January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (university closed)

January 31: Advising for Spring 2022 begins

February 1: Admission Application Deadline for Spring 2021; Advising for Spring 2021 Begins

February 4: Last day to drop courses or resign with "W" grades ("F" grades after this date)

February 7-25: Registration Period for Spring 2022

February 25: 1st Schedule Purge for Spring 2022 non-payment (5:00PM CST)

February 26: LAST DAY OF CLASSES - WINTER 2022


March 1: Mardi Gras Holiday - University Closed

March 6: Residence Halls open at 1:00PM CST

March 8: 2nd Schedule Purge for Spring 2021 non-payment (6:00PM CST)


March 9: SPRING 2021 CLASSES BEGIN

March 11: Late Registration Ends (last day for Drop/Add and "no-grade" drops)

April 14: Easter Holiday Begins (at end of classes)

April 18: Easter Holiday Ends (classes resume at 5:00PM CST)

April 25: Advising for Summer and Fall 2022 Begins

April 29 Last day to drop courses or resign with "W" grades ("F" grades after this date)

May 2-20: Registration Period for Fall 2021

May 20: LAST DAY of CLASSES - SPRING 2022


May 25: Grades go "live" in B.O.S.S.

May 30: Memorial Day Holiday (university closed)


June: Summer 2022 CLASSES BEGIN


Check the Louisiana Tech University Academic Calendar for the most recent updates.

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School of Music (and related) Social Media Accounts

Updated August 2020

Accounts listed in italics are student groups or are otherwise affiliated with the School of Music and its organizations, but they are not official accounts run by the SoM or the university.

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Twitter

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Music Student Handbooks

Music Curriculum Sheets

Bachelor of Arts in Music (effective Fall 2021 or later)

Note: When viewing the .docx file for these documents in your browser, the formatting may appear incorrectly; please download the .docx file to your computer before opening.

  • Concentration in Music Education

Music Education (Instrumental) Curriculum Sheet (.docx)

Music Education (Vocal) Curriculum Sheet (.docx)

Music Education Required Course List (Instrumental & Vocal) (.pdf)


  • Concentration in Music Industry Studies

Music Industry Studies Curriculum Sheet (.docx)

Music Industry Studies Required Course List (.pdf)


  • Concentration in Music - Liberal Arts

Music - Liberal Arts Curriculum Sheet (.docx)

Music - Liberal Arts Required Course List (.pdf)


  • Concentration in Performance

Music Performance Curriculum Sheet (.docx)

Music Performance Required Course List (.pdf)


Minors in Music (effective Fall 2021 or later)

Minor in Music Curriculum Sheet (.docx)

Minor in Music Industry Studies Curriculum Sheet (.docx)

Minor in Music Required Course List (Music and Music Industry Studies) (.pdf)


2021 Curriculum Tune-Up Booklet & Video

Booklet and Video highlighting all of the curricular updates and changes in the School of Music can be found here.


Previous Curriculum Sheets for Music Concentrations and Minors


Advising and Academic Affairs


Curriculum Worksheets for Music Concentrations and Minors (2021)

Automatically calculates cumulative, major, and minor GPA, and provides lists of courses that meet each degree requirement.
Please visit our
Curriculum Tune-Up website to find these worksheets.

Career Guides

Student Organizations in Music

Below is a list of the various music-related student organizations with chapters at Louisiana Tech University. Although these organizations primarily function to support the work of the School of Music and we are very fortunate to have them on campus, they are not officially affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the university. Inquiries regarding membership and activities should be made directly to the organization.

As with all other student organizations on campus, hazing will not be tolerated; for more information, see University Regulations Section 3.01:20 of the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Behavior.


Ever Loyal Music Group | Ever Loyal Records | Tech Yeah Records (2020)

On-campus Record Label

Ever Loyal Music Group is an on-campus practicum experience open to all current students at Louisiana Tech who are interested in the music industry. Ever Loyal Records is our jazz and classical label, and Tech Yeah Records covers pop, rock, country, EDM, and other popular genres.

Website - Coming Soon

Kappa Kappa Psi (KKΨ) - EX Chapter (1980)

National Band Fraternity for Men

Kappa Kappa Psi is a national honorary fraternity devoted to members of university and college bands. Its purposes are concerned with assisting with and promoting the activities of university and college bands on a local level and nationwide, as well as to honor outstanding members in the field of college band music. The first chapter was founded in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1919. The local chapter at Louisiana Tech is Eta Zi.

National Website | Chapter Website


KLPI 89.1 FM (1973)

On-campus Radio Station/Student Organization

KLPI is Louisiana Tech’s campus based, student-run,alt-rock radio station. Specialty Programming occurs from 8PM-Midnight, allowing student members to create and host both talk and musical shows.

Website

Louisiana Tech Music Society (2019)

Student Organization

The purpose of the Louisiana Tech Music Society is to advocate and recruit for the School of Music, allow Louisiana Tech students and local Ruston musicians to express themselves through various genres of music, and to make our presence known campus-wide. Any student of Louisiana Tech with a love for music is welcome to join.

Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) Student Chapter

National Music Education Organization

MTNA collegiate chapters work to enhance students’ classroom studies by providing educational, musical, social and professional experiences. Each chapter’s goal is to acquaint students with professional opportunities and career options in the music field, while developing professional leadership skills.

National Website

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

National Music Education Organization

NAfME is one of the largest arts education organizations in the world with more than 75,000 active, retired, and pre-service teachers. NAfME Collegiate at Louisiana Tech is our department's professional membership for future music educators. At Tech, NAfME Collegiate sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year designed to assist anyone with an interest in the field of music education.

National Website

Phi Buda ruda - Phalam Stutter Chapter (1993)

National Percussion Fraternity

Phi Buda ruda is a nationally-recognized professional percussion fraternity whose purpose is to further the fraternal relationship amongst percussionists, promote and teach the art of percussion, and instill a feeling of brotherhood across the nation.

National Website | Chapter Website

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (ΦΜΑ) - MN Chapter (1964)

National Social Music Fraternity for Men

Membership is open to all male students interested in music who have a 2.5 grade point average. According to the National Office, “The Object of this Fraternity shall be for the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty to the Alma Mater. Sinfonians share a love of music that unites them as brothers with a common interest. The Fraternity teaches men to develop themselves and their art, not for the sake of art itself, but as a means of enriching the lives of others. Sinfonia provides many exciting opportunities for the development of social and leadership skills in an atmosphere of brotherhood and mutual support.”

National Website | Chapter Website


Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣAI) - EK Chapter (1969)

International Professional Music Fraternity for Women

Sigma Alpha Iota is an international scholastic music fraternity for women. It is an organization for women who have a sincere interest in music, who wish to uphold the highest standards of music and give inspiration and encouragement to its members. Requirements for membership include the completion of a minimum of one music course, a 2.5 GPA and have a recommendation from a music faculty member.

National Website | Chapter Website


Tau Beta Sigma (ΤΒΣ) - ΦZ Chapter

National Band Sorority

Tau Beta Sigma is a co-educational national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and band programs. The sorority operates primarily as a student service and leadership recognition society whose chief aim is to assist the Director of Bands in developing the leadership and enthusiasm that they require of their band. Our goals are not only to provide the band with organized and concentrated service activities, but to give our membership valid and wholesome experiences in organization, leadership, and social contacts.

National Website

Jury Forms

Be sure to print a copy for each faculty member serving on your jury; printing double-sided is preferred.

Writing About Music

Music Recordings

Louisiana Tech University provides its students with access to two (2) major online databases of recorded music:


Classical Music Library - Classical Music Library Streaming audio files (MPS or Windows Media 9) of tens of thousands of tracks of recorded orchestral, chamber, instrumental, vocal and choral music, opera and operetta, and music of the stage and screen, licensed from over 32 major labels, and searchable by composer, artist, conductor, ensemble, instrument, genre, period or label.


Naxos Music Library - Naxos Music Library Streaming audio files of over 85,000 tracks of Classical, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music from the Naxos, Marco Polo, and Da Capo catalogs. Media Player 9.0+ is required in addition to MS IE 6.0, Mozilla 1.7, Netscape 7.1 or Opera 7.53 on a PC (Windows 92SE/2000/XP/7) or Mac (OS 8.6+). Downloading or burning any of this music to compact disk is NOT permitted.


Click here to access these resources through the Prescott Memorial Library's website.


For more information regarding audio and/or video recordings of concerts, recitals, and other events in the School of Music, please e-mail music@latech.edu.

Copyright Information

from The Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices: Chapter 800

Note: Be sure to visit copyright.gov for the latest information about current copyright law in the United States.

Health and Safety Information for Musicians

Many of the items provided in the following list of resources were developed in part by our accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), in partnership with the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). These resources are designed to provide essential information to help keep music students healthy and safe.


General Health


Hearing Health


How Loud Is Too Loud?

The amplitude (or volume) of a sound is measured in decibels (dB). As decibels increase, so does the risk of hearing damage. For every 3dB over 85dB, safe exposure time is reduced by half:

80 dB = 8 hours per day before hearing damage

83 dB = 4 hours per day

86 dB = 2 hours per day

89 dB = 1 hour per day

92 dB = 15 min. per day

101 dB = 4 min. per day

107 dB = 1 min. per day


  • PAINFUL & DANGEROUS (use hearing protection or avoid): 130-140 dB

      • Threshold of pain (140 dB)

      • Custom car stereos at full volume (140 dB)

      • Fireworks (140-150dB)

      • Gunshots (140-150 dB)

      • Jackhammers (130 dB)

      • Ambulances (130 dB)

  • UNCOMFORTABLE (dangerous over 30 seconds): 120-129 dB

SOUND OVER 120 dB FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME CAN CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING LOSS/IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE TO THE COCHLEA

      • Loudest possible sound (190 dB)

      • Eardrum bursts (160 dB)

      • Chest begins to vibrate (150 dB)

      • Rock Concert (140-150dB)

      • Jet planes (during take off) (140 dB)

      • Full Symphony Orchestras (at loudest sections of standard rep) (120-137 dB)

      • Amplifier (rock) (@4-6 ft.) (120 dB)

      • High-hat cymbal strike (120 dB)

      • Nightclub with music / Loud bar (110 dB)

  • VERY LOUD (dangerous over 30 minutes): 80-119 dB

      • Smartphones and .mp3 players at full volume (110-115 dB)*

Note: Earbuds can produce sound up to 9 dB louder than on- or over-the-ear headphones at the same volume setting on smartphones and .mp3 players. You should NEVER listen to your smartphone with headphones with the volume set beyond 75% of the default maximum level.

You can limit the volume level on your smartphone:

iPhone

Android

      • Marching Band (115 dB) - permanent hearing damage possible in 30 sec. with no earplugs

      • Drum Line (110 dB) - permanent hearing damage possible in less than 30 sec. with no earplugs

      • Concerts (of any genre) (110 dB)

      • Sporting events (110 dB)

      • Tympani and bass drum (peak) (106 dB)

      • Orchestra Pit (100 dB)

      • Oboe (peak) (95-112 dB)

      • Motorcycle (95-110 dB)

      • Concert Band (average volume) (93 dB)

      • Flute (peak) (92-103 dB)

      • Piccolo (peak) (90-106 dB)

      • (French) Horn (peak) (90-106 dB)

      • Lawnmowers and power tools (90 dB)

      • Hair dryers (90 dB)

      • Trombone (peak) 85-114 dB)

      • Cello (peak) (85-111 dB)

      • Clarinet (peak) (85-114 dB)

      • Piano Fortissimo (84-103 dB)

      • Violin (peak) (82-92 dB)

SOUND OVER 85 dB FOR EXTENDED PERIODS CAN CAUSE PERMANENT HEARING LOSS

  • Alarm clocks (80 dB)

  • Freight Train (@ 110 ft. away) (80 dB)

  • Chamber music in small auditorium (75-85 dB)

  • LOUD: 70-79 dB

      • Traffic (70 dB)

      • Noisy restaurant (70 dB)

      • Vacuums (70 dB)

      • Fortissimo singer (@ 3 ft.) (70 dB)

  • MODERATE: 50-69 dB

      • Piano practice (60-70 dB)

      • Normal conversation (60 dB)

      • Dishwasher (60 dB)

      • Moderate rainfall (50 dB)

  • SOFT: 30-49 dB

      • Quiet Library (40 dB)

      • Soft Whisper (@ 5 ft. away) (30 dB)

  • FAINT: 1-29 dB

      • Leaves rustling (20 dB)

  • SILENT (Threshold of Hearing): 0 dB


Neuromusculoskeletal Health


Vocal Health

Environmental Noise Can Lead to Vocal Strain and Damage

Be aware of the volume of your surroundings - the louder a space is, the louder you must speak (or yell) to be heard, which could lead to vocal damage. The scale below describes the ease with which a conversation at arm's length can occur:

  • 0-60 dB: Easily hold a conversation without raising voice

  • 25-80 dB: Conversation possible, but you may need to raise your voice to be heard

  • 50-95 dB: Conversation difficult, and you may need to shout to be heard

  • 75-95 dB: Conversation very difficult and may become painful after a short time

  • 100+ dB: Conversation nearly impossible


Instrument Hygiene


Performance Anxiety


Smoking


Dental Health


Binge Drinking


Health Insurance and Advocacy


Community Resources


Please Note: Health and safety depend in large part on the personal decisions of informed individuals. According to our accrediting body, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), "Institutions have health and safety responsibilities, but fulfillment of these responsibilities cannot and will not ensure any specific individual’s health and safety. Too many factors beyond any institution’s control are involved. Individuals have a critically important role and each is personally responsible for avoiding risk and preventing injuries to themselves before, during, and after study or employment at any institution. The NASM standards in this section and applicable guidelines below, and institutional actions taken under their influence or independently do not relieve the individual from personal responsibility for appropriate, prudent, and safe behavior or action, nor do they shift such responsibility and liability for the consequences of inappropriate, imprudent, and/or unsafe behavior or action in any instance or over time to any institution, or to NASM." See the health and safety section of the most current version of the National Association of Schools of Music Handbook for more details.

Performing Arts Events & University Academic Calendar