For the health and safety of our community, PCM follows the guidance and protocols of federal, state, and local public health agencies. Given the nature of COVID-19, this guidance is subject to change.

While staff and faculty working on campus are still required to be fully vaccinated; effective Monday, August 29, vaccination will no longer be required for PCM students and caregivers.

As always, PCM considers the guidance of local, state, and federal public health agencies as well as best practices adopted in local schools and peer organizations. As such, we continue to strongly recommend indoor masking while on campus and, although it is no longer a requirement, we encourage all eligible students to be vaccinated, and all members of the PCM community to receive any boosters for which they are eligible.

Some instructors may opt to continue requiring masks in their studios. PCM fully supports their decision in this matter. Please be sure to check with your instructor if you plan on not wearing a mask at your lessons beginning Monday, March 21.

Additionally, masks are still required for all audience members at indoor student recitals (students do not need to wear masks while performing).

For students who prefer a virtual format, we will continue to provide excellent instruction for remote learners.

General Safety

Practice preventative safety measures while on campus:

  • Practice preventative safety measures while on campus:
  • Keep 6 feet away from people who don’t live with you.
  • Frequently wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are strongly recommended to wear a non-cloth mask with a nose wire at all times.
  • PCM is able to provide disposable surgical-style masks for students and employees in the main office to those that need them.
  • Avoid entering areas in which you cannot maintain the recommended physical distance.

What PCM Is Doing to Keep You Safe

Staff will be present on campus for daily operations, including monitoring safety and compliance, and disinfecting restrooms and frequently touched surfaces.

Your instructor will be cleaning frequently touched items and surfaces, and airing out their studio between lessons.

We have posted room capacity signs and directional and distance markers throughout the facilities to ensure mandated distancing and circulation.

Masks are available in the front office for anyone who forgets to bring their own.

Before Coming to PCM

It is recommended that only one parent or guardian accompany minors when on campus and that adult students arrive unaccompanied.

Please perform a self-screening for symptoms of COVID-19 before you arrive at PCM.


Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Per city, county, state, and CDC guidelines, please DO NOT come to PCM if you are experiencing or have recently experienced any of the symptoms listed above, or have been in close contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or had any of the above symptoms in the last 10 days.

Scheduling a virtual lesson is a viable alternative to cancelling a lesson.

While at PCM

Continue to follow general preventative measures: distancing, masks, and hand washing.

Follow all directional and room capacity signage.

Use restrooms nearest to the location of your lesson.

Only one person or household at a time in the elevator.

Public drinking fountains are not available.

Food and drink may be consumed only in designated waiting areas.

You may use the following designated waiting areas:

  • Courtyard
  • Benches around the parking lot and main building entrance

Bring your own:

  • Stationery
  • Water
  • Food

If you begin to feel sick while at PCM

Immediately isolate yourself outdoors or in your car, if possible, and call the main office: 626-683-3355. You will be asked where you were and who you encountered so we can follow proper contact tracing protocols. If you can safely drive home, do so and self-isolate while monitoring your symptoms.

If your child begins to feel sick while at PCM

Your child will be escorted to a designated waiting area where a staff member will remain with them until a parent or guardian can pick them up.

We will contact you immediately. Please make sure that you provide us with updated emergency contact information when you enroll in classes so that we are able to quickly communicate with you if necessary.

Please call the main office if you test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of your visit, develop any symptoms, are subject to mandatory or suggested isolation or quarantine, or reside with a household member with COVID-19.

Specific Limitations

If you need to visit the main office, please make an appointment by emailing or calling the main office ( or 626-683-3355). This applies even if you are already on campus for a lesson. The only exception is when you might need emergency PPE or assistance.

At this time, practice rooms are only available to winds, brass, and vocal students (to practice alone) as a courtesy, as these students are currently unable to participate in private or group lessons indoors.


An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting PCM, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

For the health and safety of our community, PCM follows the guidance and protocols of federal, state and local public health agencies. Given the nature of COVID-19, this guidance is subject to change.

Additional Resources:
PCM COVID-19 Prevention Program