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April 8, 2020

Updates about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MSM is deeply committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of all our community members.

Due to the evolving nature of the situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the School’s senior leadership is closely monitoring the official communications from government and health organizations.

We also continue to monitor US, state, and local health agencies and are in close contact with New York State’s Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU).

  • This page includes details of comprehensive changes in operating procedures and campus closures.

The page also includes health recommendations and travel advisories relating to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The School’s senior leadership continues to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as necessary.

Current Actions and Recommendations

MSM moves to online learning through May 1.

  • Students were sent an email on March 20 by Provost Griggs, our chief academic officer, concerning logistics of how classes will be delivered for the rest of the semester.
  • All classes through to the end of the semester will be completed online.
  • For most majors, lessons will be completed online, while others will be delayed into the coming weeks and months because of instruments needed or other reasons.


All MSM performances between now and May 1 have been cancelled or delayed.

  • All end-of-semester performances have been postponed indefinitely and others will be cancelled.
  • Commencement will be postponed until after the pandemic has passed.

Precollege activities begin remotely on March 21

In-person activities are suspended and the campus is closed through the previously scheduled Precollege spring break on April 11.

Please direct any questions or concerns you may have regarding Precollege activities to Dean Sawatsky at ksawatsky@msmnyc.edu.

Campus Closure

  • The MSM campus is closed to anyone not living in Andersen Hall and to all non-essential employees.
  • The School has implemented a work from home policy for administrative staff through May 1. Staff will have access to all email, phone, and support resources during this time.

Campus Tours and Admitted Students Days have been cancelled

While MSM’s campus is closed to all visitors during this time, we encourage you to take a virtual photo tour of our campus and residence hall.

The Office of Admissions will be in contact with admitted students in regards to alternative virtual options for Admitted Students Days.

Travel Advisory

As a general rule, MSM recommends that, wherever possible, students, faculty, and staff avoid all non-essential travel at this time.

We are asking MSM students, faculty, and staff to use this form to register all future travel beyond the Tri-State Region (NY, NJ, and CT). We also request that any past travel since February 1, 2020 be registered on the form, if  that travel went beyond the Tri-State Region (NY, NJ, CT).

Strict attention to hygiene

MSM has adopted enhanced measures with regard to campus cleaning and disinfecting, including spraying with disinfectant all high-touch areas such as elevator call buttons, door knobs, and piano keys.


Looking Ahead

The School’s senior leadership continues to monitor the situation and will provide further updates as necessary.

Members of MSM’s senior leadership, including our President, Provost, CFO, Dean of Students, Campus Health Nurse, and others, are tracking, soliciting, and receiving up-to-date information about how college campuses best address this emerging event, and we will continue to communicate email updates to keep our community informed.

Manhattan School of Music is following the guidance of the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. State Department, and New York State County Health Department (New York City) regarding current medical thinking and travel restrictions/advisories related to this outbreak.

The buttons below navigate to their websites, and we encourage all community members to stay current on the latest recommendations.