October 13, 2020

Faculty mask videos and student “Mask-Fit Mondays”:
Promoting campus health and safety at MSM!

Manhattan School of Music’s faculty and staff, in collaboration with Student Council, safely welcome students back to campus and online learning this Fall.

MSM Faculty Mask Photos and Videos

MSM community members share their mask-selfies and encouraging video messages in an effort to promote compliance with new campus health and safety policies. The images are being shared on screens around MSM, and on MSM social media.

“Wearing a mask is an expression of love, a symbol of solidarity,” shares Related Vocal Studies Faculty member Anne Shikany. “It’s an acknowledgement that we’re all connected, even through the air we breathe.”

Watch Anne and eight other faculty and staff members speak to the importance of abiding by safety guidelines in the video below.

Mask-Fit Mondays

The Office of Student Engagement is implementing Mask-Fit Mondays throughout the month of October on campus and online. Students are encouraged to wear their creative mask designs and post on social media using #MSMMaskMondays. Those who participate are eligible to win prizes and MSM swag on the following dates:

  • October 5th
  • October 12th
  • October 19th
  • October 26th

MSM Campus Health & Safety Policy

In addition to hosting a COVID-19 testing center on site, MSM made significant investment throughout campus to preserve the health and safety of the entire community.


  • Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a mask is required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask when in common or shared areas on campus, regardless of whether or not physical distancing can be maintained.

Campus Cleaning

  • Touchless fixtures and dispensers have been installed in restrooms throughout the campus.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols are being implemented, with a focus on high-touch and high-traffic areas.
  • More than 100 new hand sanitizer dispensers have been deployed throughout campus. Sanitizing wipe stations are deployed throughout campus and stocked with EPA-qualified products for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Campus Usage

  • Everyone entering MSM’s campus is required to complete a daily health questionnaire. The questionnaire can be completed on your own personal device using Envoy, our Visitor Management System, or it can be completed on an iPad available to you as you enter campus. Anyone not meeting the requirements of this questionnaire will not be permitted on campus.
  • A comprehensive program of signs and other visual cues is being implemented throughout the campus to ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • Classrooms, performance halls, rehearsal spaces, and practice rooms are scheduled in a way that allows for appropriate air filtration between uses.
  • Sneeze guards and other physical barriers are being deployed in high-traffic areas throughout campus.

Learn more about MSM’s health and safety initiatives in the 2020 Reopening Guide.

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