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COVID-19 Updates

We are committed providing a safe environment for you to create music with others. This fall, we are taking the following precautions with our ensembles:

Physical distancing

  • Ensemble members will be spaced 2 meters apart for rehearsals and concerts.
  • Registration for ensembles will be capped at 25 members to ensure distancing.
  • Members will be dismissed in an organized fashion to streamline exiting traffic.

Cleaning and disinfection

  • Chairs (if used for rehearsal) and community surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, etc.) will be sanitized before and after each rehearsal by UNB CMA staff.
  • A cleaning checklist will be kept & updated daily by UNB CMA staff.
  • Band and Orchestra members must bring their own stands to rehearsal.
  • Choir members will receive their own personal folder for music. This will not be shared with other members.
  • All equipment used for rehearsal (conducting stands, percussion, etc.) must be sanitized before and after rehearsal by UNB CMA staff.

Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby.
  • Ensemble members are encouraged to wash their hands before and after each rehearsal.


  • Attendance will be taken at every rehearsal for contact tracing.

Community face masks

  • Members are required to wear face masks inside the building, with the exception of when they are seated in their socially-distanced rehearsal spot.
  • Members are encouraged to wear their facemasks during rehearsal if possible.
  • Wind and Brass players are encouraged to wear bell covers if possible.

Staying home when sick

  • Members (including the director) are to stay home when sick. This will not jeopardize their position in the ensemble.
  • Members are to contact Public Health if showing symptoms of COVID-19.
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Ensembles and classes are offered in three terms: fall, winter, and summer. Before a student may begin lessons for each term, lessons must be paid in full, or the student must be enrolled in an automated payment plan (which requires a deposit). Payments for ensembles must be made before a student participates in the ensemble rehearsals.

Private lessons are offered as lesson blocks per term (Fall & Winter terms = 13 lessons, Summer term may be less lessons – this will be determined by the individual Instructor in consultation with the Conservatory Administrator).

Payments should be made through our online ACTIVE registration portal. Cash, cheque, and credit/debit are accepted in person, but online payment is preferred. If necessary, in person payments can be made at our office, located at Rm 22A, Memorial Hall, 9:00-4:00 pm, Mon.-Fri. Payments over the phone may be made by calling 453-7259 or 456-4697. Cheques should be made payable to “University of New Brunswick” and may not be postdated. Payment plans are only available with online auto-debit.

Payments cannot be given to instructors. The UNB conservatory is not responsible for payments that are not made through our online ACTIVE registration portal or with Conservatory staff.

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Refunds for private lessons

Withdrawal requests must be made by emailing conserv@unb.ca. Students must cancel three business days before their next lesson to receive a refund for that lesson and any further lessons. Students will not be refunded for lessons already taken. An administrative fee of 10% of the remaining lesson tuition will be withheld. Non-attendance does not constitute official withdrawal.

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Refunds for classes

Withdrawal requests must be made by emailing conserv@unb.ca. Students canceling prior to the beginning of the course will be given a refund (minus a 6% service fee). Students canceling after a class has begun will be given a refund for the semester’s remaining sessions.

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Attendance for private lessons

Lessons are scheduled by the instructor. Students must give 24 hours’ notice if not attending a lesson (except in the case of illness. Lessons missed by the student for reasons other than illness will be made up at the discretion of the instructor. Please consult your instructor for their specific policy. Lessons missed due to instructor absence will be made up at a mutually convenient time.

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Attendance for ensembles

Successful ensemble practice is dependent on full attendance. This benefits the group sound and makes sure you’re not falling behind. Students are expected to attend all regularly scheduled rehearsals and the end of term concerts in December and May. Other special performances and extra rehearsals may be scheduled.

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Instruments and materials

Students are responsible for supplying their own instruments. The Conservatory has a limited selection of instruments for renting. Inquire for rental availability and costs.

Students are also responsible for purchasing their own method books and other equipment for home practice (music stands, shoulder rests, instrument maintenance supplies, etc.). For ensembles, music will be provided by the instructor.

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Medical circumstances

For students who are required to discontinue their course/program for medical reasons, a pro-rated amount of the tuition fee will be refunded to the portion of the course/program not yet completed after the withdrawal request is received. All medical requests must be made in writing and be fully supported and documented by a practicing medical physician with the Medical Association (See UNB Undergraduate Calendar for specific allowable medical reasons).

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Conservatory showcases

Students may be invited to participate in our end-of-semester Conservatory Showcase concerts. Participation is voluntary but is a great way to practice performing on stage and to show off all the hard work done in your lessons. Students of all ages and ability levels are welcome.

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Conservatory student perks

By taking lessons or being involved in an ensemble, you are considered a member of the UNB Conservatory and receive special perks! Conservatory students are allowed free entry to our MusicUNB Concert Series. All non-conservatory attendees must still purchase tickets.

Conservatory students may use the music rooms in Memorial Hall for practicing subject to availability. Bookings must be done through the Music Administrator (musicart@unb.ca or 458-4697). Priority of use is given to course and conservatory instructors first, then to conservatory students. Students must respect the space and treat the space and materials carefully.

Conservatory students have the opportunity to organize into small ensembles and receive ensemble coaching/lessons with our conservatory instructors. For more information, please contact the Conservatory Coordinator at conserv@unb.ca.

All Conservatory students are allowed free entry to our guest/artist masterclasses. Masterclasses are an excellent way to gain new teaching insights and see your peers perform in a relaxed environment.

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