Frequently Asked Questions - DFOM 2020-2021 Academic Year

The following questions are designed to assist you with the many details you will encounter as a new or returning student at the University of Manitoba—and specifically, in the Desautels Faculty of Music. This document is broken into four categories:

• Incoming/New Undergraduate, and Post-Baccalaureate Students
• Incoming/New Pre-Masters and Graduate Students
• Non-Music Students and Students acquiring a Music minor
• Returning Undergraduate, Post-Bacc, Pre-Masters, and Graduate DFOM Students


Incoming/New Undergraduate, and Post-Baccalaureate DFOM Students

When will I receive my letter of offer?
Application processing time varies based on intended term, student type, whether you are direct or advance entry applicant, etc. Students are notified by email when admissions decisions are reached. Be sure to monitor the email address you used in your application for updates, and check your Application Portal regularly. See UM Admissions frequently asked questions here.

How do I register for my classes?
You can use the Aurora Student Registration System to register for all your courses.  You can go HERE to log in to Aurora. You can also find tutorials on how to use Aurora HERE.

What will the fall term look like overall?
In general, most of your classes will be taught remotely. However, your weekly small and large Ensemble rehearsals will be done in-person —albeit with strict social distancing and cleaning procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Further, while most of your weekly Major Practical Study lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for one (1) lesson per month to be done in person. In person classes include: Major Practical Study (MUSC 1400, 2400, 3470, 4470, 4160, 5400, 7400, 7410), Large Ensembles (MUSC 1180, 2180, 3180, 4180, 7180), and Small Ensembles (MUSC 1190, 2190, 3190, 4190).

Major Practical Study (MPS)

How do I choose the instructor with whom I want to study?

All new students are to fill out the MPS Selection Form. To request this form contact the Admissions Coordinator at Louella.Yambot@umanitoba.ca. Please note, while the Desautels Faculty of Music will make every effort to accommodate your first preference of instructor for the upcoming year, the Desautels Faculty of Music cannot guarantee that you will receive your MPS instruction with the preferred instructor.

What is MPS going to look like this fall?
Although the majority of your MPS lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for you to have one (1) lesson per month in person with your instructor. With respect to the remote portion of MPS, MPS instructors are currently researching and experimenting to discover the best platforms, systems, and technology for lessons. We are committed to making sure that your MPS lessons are inspiring, engaging and interactive, and we are working to provide the equipment and spaces you need to do your best work. We have many new possibilities this year for team-teaching and masterclasses with colleagues around the world, and we are exploring these options.

Should I defer MPS this year?
You can, however, this will mean you will be extending the time to complete your degree. We do not want your progress to stall, and we are coming up with innovative and creative ways to facilitate your growth in this area. If you are considering this, please connect with your MPS instructor and Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca

Ensembles

Will there be Ensembles this year?
Yes.

What is this going to look like this year?
All large and small Ensembles will be conducted in person, albeit with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. For more information and updates about our Ensembles, go HERE.

Access

Will I have access to the practice rooms?
There will be limited use of practice rooms. We are encouraging you to practice at home, if at all possible. For those of you for whom the Desautels Faculty of Music is your sole option for practicing, please complete this form  and submit it no later than August 1, 2020.

Will there be access to the library?
According to the information we have at this time, the library will be closed to patrons this fall. However, all online materials (monographs, journals, music, and recordings) will be available.

What if I am unable to attend the University of Manitoba this fall in person?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold disruptions to seemingly every aspect of our lives. Although our preference would be for you to experience performing in-person in both our small and large ensembles, we understand if that option is not feasible to you this fall. In such cases, please contact us as soon as possible so that your Ensemble Director, Area Head, or Major Practical Study Instructor can contact you to make alternative arrangements to ensure your experience this year will be as positive and fulfilling as possible.

DFOM Cleaning Protocols
• Entrances will be controlled via programmed swipe access– there will be designated entrance and exit points to access the building.
• Ensemble rehearsals will be scheduled so that the flow of traffic in hallways is controlled and social distancing protocols are maintained.
• Social distancing protocols will be maintained in all lessons and Ensemble rehearsals.
• Students and instructors will be responsible for cleaning their instruments and work areas; custodial services will clean commonly touched surfaces, including washing floors, after each rehearsal.
• There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, and alcohol based disinfectants will be provided.
• The elevators and washrooms will be cleaned on a regular basis.

Residence – Contact Student Life

Will the residences be open this year? 
Yes, Student Residences will be open and operational for the 2020-21 academic year.  Go HERE for updates on Residence.

Where can I live if not on campus?
For information about off-campus living visit: Off-Campus living or Homestay Accommodations.

What student services are open in UMSU?
Please take a look at the available on-campus services: http://umanitoba.ca/campus-services/umsu-uc

Academic courses in Music

What is this going to look like this year?
The music theory and musicology faculty are taking this opportunity to explore a variety of innovative approaches and technologies. You can expect to see a combination of virtual class meetings, project-based learning, video lectures, and virtual one-on-one consultations with faculty members. What will remain the same is the high-quality, expert instruction you will get from dedicated faculty who cannot wait to work with you this fall.  

Technology support for students

To which platforms will I be expected to have access?
• For information on remote learning support: http://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/academic-supports/adapting-remote-learning
• Some of the courses may use WebEx. Please take a look at the following link on how to set up and find support for WebEx: https://centre.cc.umanitoba.ca/webex-support/
• If you need support with your computer/UM email/UMnetID, contact IT for Students http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/students/ 

Incoming/New Pre-Masters and Graduate DFOM Students

When will I receive my letter of offer?
Once a decision has been made on your file you will be notified via email. Please check the Application portal for updates.  For Application Status, visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Admissions frequently asked questions website here.

How do I register for my classes?
You can use the Aurora Student Registration System to register for all your courses.  You can go to https://aurora.umanitoba.ca/banprod/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=bmenu.P_FacAdvrMnu to log into Aurora.  You can also find tutorials on how to use Aurora at http://umanitoba.ca/student/records/tutorial/.

What will the fall term look like overall?
In general, most of your classes will be taught remotely. However, your weekly small and large Ensemble rehearsals will be done in-person —albeit with strict social distancing and cleaning procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Further, while most of your weekly Major Practical Study lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for one (1) lesson per month to be done in person. In person classes include: Major Practical Study (MUSC 1400, 2400, 3470, 4470, 4160, 5400, 7400, 7410), Large Ensembles (MUSC 1180, 2180, 3180, 4180, 7180), and Small Ensembles (MUSC 1190, 2190, 3190, 4190).

Major Practical Study (MPS)

How do I choose the instructor with whom I want to study?
Please register for MUSC 7400 via Aurora. Over the summer, Area Heads will coordinate the assignment of MPS instructors with you.

What is MPS going to look like this fall?
Although the majority of your MPS lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for you to have one (1) lesson per month in person with your instructor.  With respect to the remote portion of MPS, MPS instructors are currently researching and experimenting to discover the best platforms, systems, and technology for lessons. We are committed to making sure that your MPS lessons are inspiring, engaging and interactive, and we are working to provide the equipment and spaces you need to do your best work. We have many new possibilities this year for team-teaching and masterclasses with colleagues around the world, and we are exploring these options.

Should I defer MPS this year?
You can, however, this will mean you will be extending the time to complete your degree. We do not want your progress to stall, and we are coming up with innovative and creative ways to facilitate your growth in this area. If you are considering this, please connect with your MPS instructor and Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca.

Ensembles

Will there be Ensembles this year?
Yes.

What is this going to look like this year?
All large and small Ensembles will be conducted in person, albeit with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. For more information and updates about our Ensembles, go HERE.

Access

Will I have access to the practice rooms?

There will be limited use of practice rooms. We are encouraging you to practice at home, if at all possible. For those of you for whom the Desautels Faculty of Music is your sole option for practicing, please complete this form  and submit it no later than August 1, 2020.

Will there be access to the library?
According to the information we have at this time, the library will be closed to patrons this fall. However, all online materials (monographs, journals, music, and recordings) will be available.

What if I am unable to attend the University of Manitoba this fall in person?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold disruptions to seemingly every aspect of our lives. Although our preference would be for you to experience performing in-person in both our small and large ensembles, we understand if that option is not feasible to you this fall. In such cases, please contact us as soon as possible so that your Ensemble Director, Area Head, or Major Practical Study Instructor can contact you to make alternative arrangements to ensure your experience this year will be as positive and fulfilling as possible.

DFOM Cleaning Protocols
• Entrances will be controlled via programmed swipe access– there will be designated entrance and exit points to access the building.
• Ensemble rehearsals will be scheduled so that the flow of traffic in hallways is controlled and social distancing protocols are maintained.
• Social distancing protocols will be maintained in all lessons and Ensemble rehearsals.
• Students and instructors will be responsible for cleaning their instruments and work areas; custodial services will clean commonly touched surfaces, including washing floors, after each rehearsal.
• There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, and alcohol based disinfectants will be provided.
• The elevators and washrooms will be cleaned on a regular basis.

Residence – Contact Student Life

Will the residences be open this year? 

Yes, Student Residences will be open and operational for the 2020-21 academic year.  Go to http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students/residence#2020-21-fall-and-winter-term-residence-update for updates on Residence.

Where can I live if not on campus?
For information about off-campus living visit: Off-Campus living or Homestay Accommodations.

What student services are open in UMSU?
Please take a look at the available on-campus services: http://umanitoba.ca/campus-services/umsu-uc

Academic Courses in Music

What is this going to look like this year?

The music theory and musicology faculty are taking this opportunity to explore a variety of innovative approaches and technologies. You can expect to see a combination of virtual class meetings, project-based learning, video lectures, and virtual one-on-one consultations with faculty members. What will remain the same is the high-quality, expert instruction you will get from dedicated faculty who cannot wait to work with you this fall.  

Graduate Orientation & Theory Diagnostic
Both the Graduate Orientation and Music Theory Diagnostic Exam will take place online in late August. We will provide details about the logistics later in the summer, but you should plan to have access to a computer, internet connection, and a printer for the diagnostic exam.

Technology support for students
• To which platforms will I be expected to have access?
• For information on remote learning support:   http://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/academic-supports/adapting-remote-learning
• Some of the courses may use WebEx. Please take a look at the following link on how to set up and find support for WebEx:  https://centre.cc.umanitoba.ca/webex-support/
• If you need support with your computer/UM email/UMnetID, contact IT for Students http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/students/ 

Non-Music Students and Students acquiring a Music minor

What is the process of acquiring permission to take music courses as a non-music student? 
Print out the permission form from the website (https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/music/media/Departmental_Permission_Fillable_Form.pdf).  Contact Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca, Music Student Advisor for further instructions and approval.

However Ensembles look this year, are they open to non-music students/community members?
This will differ depending on the Ensemble. Please check with the Ensemble Director for details.

 

Returning Undergraduate, Post Bacc, Pre-Masters, and Graduate DFOM Students

What will the fall term look like overall?
In general, most of your classes will be taught remotely. However, your weekly small and large Ensemble rehearsals will be done in-person —albeit with strict social distancing and cleaning procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. Further, while most of your weekly Major Practical Study lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for one (1) lesson per month to be done in person. In person classes include: Major Practical Study (MUSC 1400, 2400, 3470, 4470, 4160, 5400, 7400, 7410), Large Ensembles (MUSC 1180, 2180, 3180, 4180, 7180), and Small Ensembles (MUSC 1190, 2190, 3190, 4190).

What is MPS going to look like this fall?
Although the majority of your MPS lessons will be done remotely, we are arranging for you to have one (1) lesson per month in person with your instructor. With respect to the remote portion of MPS, MPS instructors are currently researching and experimenting to discover the best platforms, systems, and technology for lessons. We are committed to making sure that your MPS lessons are inspiring, engaging and interactive, and we are working to provide the equipment and spaces you need to do your best work. We have many new possibilities this year for team-teaching and masterclasses with colleagues around the world, and we are exploring these options.

Should I defer MPS this year?
You can, however, this will mean you will be extending the time to complete your degree. We do not want your progress to stall, and we are coming up with innovative and creative ways to facilitate your growth in this area. If you are considering this, please connect with your MPS instructor and Jennifer Wang at Jennifer.Wang@umanitoba.ca

What will Credit Recitals and Jury Exams look like this year?
A full response to this question will be available soon.

Ensembles

Will there be any ensembles this year?
Yes.

What is this going to look like this year?
All large and small Ensembles will be conducted in person, albeit with social distancing protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone. For more information and updates about our Ensembles, go HERE.

Access

Will I have access to the practice rooms?

There will be limited use of practice rooms. We are encouraging you to practice at home, if at all possible. For those of you for whom the Desautels Faculty of Music is your sole option for practicing, please complete this form  and submit it no later than August 1, 2020.

Will there be access to the library?
According to the information we have at this time, the library will be closed to patrons this fall. However, all online materials (monographs, journals, music, and recordings) will be available.

What if I am unable to attend the University of Manitoba this fall in person?
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold disruptions to seemingly every aspect of our lives. Although our preference would be for you to experience performing in-person in both our small and large ensembles, we understand if that option is not feasible to you this fall. In such cases, please contact us as soon as possible so that your Ensemble Director, Area Head, or Major Practical Study Instructor can contact you to make alternative arrangements to ensure your experience this year will be as positive and fulfilling as possible.

DFOM Cleaning Protocols
• Entrances will be controlled via programmed swipe access– there will be designated entrance and exit points to access the building.
• Ensemble rehearsals will be scheduled so that the flow of traffic in hallways is controlled and social distancing protocols are maintained.
• Social distancing protocols will be maintained in all lessons and Ensemble rehearsals.
• Students and instructors will be responsible for cleaning their instruments and work areas; custodial services will clean commonly touched surfaces, including washing floors, after each rehearsal.
• There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, and alcohol based disinfectants will be provided.
• The elevators and washrooms will be cleaned on a regular basis.

Residence – Contact Student Life

Will the residences be open this year? 
Yes, Student Residences will be open and operational for the 2020-21 academic year.  Go to http://umanitoba.ca/coronavirus/students/residence#2020-21-fall-and-winter-term-residence-update for updates on Residence.

Where can I live if not on campus?
For information about off-campus living visit: Off-Campus living or Homestay Accommodations.

Concert Credit Policy
We are evaluating how to modify the Concert Credit Policy to reflect the circumstances next year. A full response to this question will be available soon.

What student services are open in UMSU?
Please take a look at the available on-campus services: http://umanitoba.ca/campus-services/umsu-uc

Academic courses

What is this going to look like?
Academic coursework in the DFOM will be a little different than you remember from last year, but we’re very excited about the possibilities for deep learning and the faculty remain committed to creating transformational educational experiences, despite Jimmy’s disappointment at not being able to blast Monteverdi on the big speakers during class. We know that you are already highly effective learners, and we’re developing models that will make the most of your skills and challenge you intellectually while providing close faculty support, even in an online learning environment. Because the fall semester will be online, the music theory and musicology faculty are taking this opportunity to explore a variety of innovative approaches and technologies. You can expect to see a combination of virtual class meetings, project-based learning, video lectures, and virtual one-on-one consultations with faculty members. What will remain the same is the high-quality, expert instruction you will get from dedicated faculty who cannot wait to work with you again this fall. 

Technology support for students

To which platforms will I be expected to have access?

• For information on remote learning support:   http://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/academic-supports/adapting-remote-learning
• Some of the courses may use WebEx. Please take a look at the following link on how to set up and find support for WebEx:  https://centre.cc.umanitoba.ca/webex-support/
• If you need support with your computer/UM email/UMnetID, contact IT for Students http://umanitoba.ca/computing/ist/students/ 

What student services are open in UMSU?
Please take a look at the available on-campus services: http://umanitoba.ca/campus-services/umsu-uc

Mentorship Program
We will expand the mentorship program in 2020-21 to include all incoming Undergraduate and Graduate students. We will create events and supports throughout the school year that create community, nurture friendships, and answer your questions.