Current measures and regulations during the corona pandemic

The university buildings will remain closed until further notice.

In accordance with the legal requirements of the state government and in compliance with secury and hygiene policy, selected rooms are opened for teaching and practice since May 4th, 2020.

Initially, this only applies to individual artistic lessons, i.e. only two people in the room. Starting on June 29, 2020, three people are allowed to teach and practise together in the same room.

In addition, the university library is open again with restrictions since 29 June. Further information on how to use them can be found on the  library's website.

It is necessary to follow these rules unconditionally in order to be able to trace a possible chain of infection. Failure to do so may mean that the university as a whole will have to be closed again.

Lessons take place in all buildings of the university, except in the Haydnhaus and the Bachhaus.

Each of the buildings is manned by a security team to ensure that only registered and authorised persons have access and that the necessary hygiene measures are observed.

Important: The security team is entitled to deny access to persons who are not registered or authorised to enter. This also applies to professors.

Letter of the President (19.06.2020)

Dear students, dear colleagues,

I am pleased to begin this letter with some good news: After the very positive experience with our strict safety and hygiene plan, we have decided to cautiously expand the music practice possibilities:
From June 29th onwards, teaching and music-making will be possible with a maximum of three participants. I ask all those who wish to participate to maintain the same discipline as before.

1. Classroom teaching

The number of coronavirus infections in Germany has risen slightly in the last two days. We remain cautious for good reason, but will nevertheless implement certain relaxations in practice and teaching.

As you can already see from the Vice-President's circular letter of 18 June, there are now additional daily practice opportunities in our buildings. In addition, from 29 June onwards, we will also allow practice and teaching by third parties after appropriate advance notification.

However, there is no obligation to do so: the decision on teaching and learning in groups of three is made jointly by the parties involved. All other regulations concerning the organisation of rooms remain unchanged until 31 July.

The requirements of our safety and hygiene plan must continue to be observed. The disinfection of hands, the keeping of distance and the regular airing of the rooms will become even more important. We all bear the responsibility for each other!

2. Examinations

The organisation of the artistic-practical final examinations of those students who have been granted an examination entitlement for the summer semester is about to be completed. After the institutes have returned their responses, a room plan for the examinations to be held will be drawn up, initially by the end of July.

In the meantime, a detailed spatial concept for the academic examinations in the Hochschulzentrum am Horn as well as the Altenburg has also been drawn up. These are to be held between 14 and 31 July, parallel to the practice and teaching activities.

The Centre for Music Theory is also working on a room concept for its examinations in the University Centre and the Palais.

It is currently being examined whether the number of possible examinations in the artistic-practical field which complete a "teaching subject" (e.g. the minor subject piano) can be slightly increased. A corresponding query by the ASA department is currently underway.

3. Opening hours of our buildings

I would like to inform you about the opening hours of our buildings in August and September to give you the opportunity to plan your practising hours.

In August, the Fürstenhaus will be open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the hzh from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for practice and lessons. Separate opening hours apply for technical and administrative staff.

The Beethovenhaus and the Palais will be added in September. The exact opening hours will be announced later.

From today's point of view, we assume that from October onwards all the houses will be available again for lessons and rehearsals.

The admission procedure will be considerably simplified from August. We are currently in intensive planning discussions on this and will inform you as soon as a decision is made.

4. Opening hours oft he library and using of copy machines

The university library has developed a security and hygiene concept for an extended use of the sub-library in the university centre at the Horn and the main library in the Fürstenhaus.

According to this concept, it should be possible to use the sub-library in 45-minute blocks from 29 June at the latest, subject to prior notification. The planned opening hours for the sub-library are Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The detailed concept for the use of both library locations will soon be available on this Corona website.

The photocopier in the cafeteria of the Fürstenhaus will again be accessible to all persons registered in the building. We are thus making a second attempt to open it and appeal above all to the students to use this room exclusively for copying.

The same applies to the photocopier in the cafeteria of the Hochschulzentrum am Horn, which will also be accessible again from Monday, 22 June.

5. Recognition arrangements

Since we are constantly confronted with questions regarding the goodwill regulations for the possible nonrecognition of a "Corona Semester", I would like to clarify one aspect at this point:
By taking the exams, the teaching entitlement is settled. This means that the semester can be repeated in its entirety, but not courses that have already been examined.

You will find more detailed explanations on this topic shortly under our FAQ on this Corona website.

6. Financial aids for students

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is now helping students who are in distress due to the corona pandemic with direct grants that are distributed through the Studierendenwerke.

The aid is aimed at students who are demonstrably in an acute pandemic emergency situation and need immediate help.

For the months of June, July and August 2020, up to 500 euros will be paid out in each case as long as the pandemic-related emergency situation continues. A new application for bridging aid must be submitted in each of the three months.

The Studierendenwerk Thüringen decides on the granting of the bridging aid. You can apply for the grant online here:

We have listed further possibilities for support at

7. Corona warning app

Since a few days the Corona-Warn-App is available as an offer of the federal government.

I would like to strongly recommend that you voluntarily download the app to your mobile devices, as it may also serve and function as a kind of early warning system for our university operations.

Further information and download:

Yours sincerely,
Christoph Stölzl

Letter on practising and teaching (18.06.2020)

Dear colleagues and students,

We have given a lot of thought to how we can make teaching and practising easier for you without lifting our rules which we still have to respect.

We ask that everyone understand: our present sign-in system forms the basis of our hygiene and security concept. It may be a little inflexible, but please do not view it as ‘busy work’ or a waste of time. We are convinced that it allows us to maintain the hygiene and security rules as well as current state and city conditions. These are the requirements for us to be allowed to teach in-person.

1. Practising: Information on the supplementary allocation of spaces not currently in use.

Requests for practice rooms are increasing. In order to keep up with this growing demand, we have come up with the following possibilities so that we can allocate what free space we have left:

  • For now, the current rules regulating responsibility for rooms and their use for teaching and practice will stay in place until the 31st of July. This is necessary to assure that there are enough rooms for teaching and that students are guaranteed the time slots which have been planned in advance.
  • In addition, there is the following update: from building-opening Mondays to Fridays, students can book free spaces available with the team for their building (where they have their individual lessons). Due to organisational and fairness concerns, room bookings can only be made for that day and for a maximum duration of 2 hours. We believe that we will be able to distribute the few hours which remain better this way.

2. Teaching: three people in one room are allowed again

Starting on the 29th of June 2020, three people are allowed to work together in our rooms. This could be a teacher plus two students, three students, or two teachers and one student. This makes classes in accompaniment, small chamber music ensembles, and exam preparation possible. This provision is already possible in our planning system, as our room plans already have three columns.

Importantly, we want to appeal to your own good judgement and sense of responsibility: neither teachers nor students are required to work together with three people in one room if they do not feel comfortable with the situation.

Please still keep the require distance of at least 1.5 metres. Large rooms are still primarily for singers and wind instruments. More than ever, please remember airing breaks and follow the chain of hygiene.

With warmest greetings,
Anne Lindig
Vice-president of Performance Practice