Roberts Community Music School

RCMS Covid-19 Policy & Procedures

UPDATE as of 1.6.2021

As of January 6, 2021, RCMS is continuing to offer all lessons virtually. We are hopeful that once this surge in COVID-19 cases is over, we will be able to return to in-person lessons. That decision will be made by the Roberts ReStart Committee and all information will be shared with you as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we continue to offer high-quality music lessons during these unprecedented times. 

Stay Well,

Katie O'Donnell

-Director of RCMS

Fall Term update:

Hello all RCMS Families,

Wow! It truly has been a crazy few months for all and I'm so glad we were able to maneuver through it together. As we head into the beginning of Term 1 (Fall) we are incredibly excited  to be able to share our official RCMS ReStart plan with you. I'm hoping you can appreciate the time and creativity that has gone into being able to open our doors once again. Is it a bit different? Absolutely. But our goal is to continue making music while also keeping our RCMS families, RCMS Faculty, and the RWC students as safe and healthy as possible. Please read through our new policy. If you have any questions, please ask and I will be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Some quick important details:
  • Registration is officially open for Term 1 (Fall)
  • Instead of waiting for me to send an invoice, you can pay for your lessons upon registration!
  • All lessons begin the week of September 14
  • Here is the calendar for Term 1 2020image.png
Rules and Regulations for RCMS Families and Community members
  • All families will have the option of choosing in-person or virtual lessons which will be notated on the Term 1 registration form.

  • For virtual lessons, things will continue as they have over the last few months.

  • For in-person lessons, please see below:

    • Students will be met at the main entrance (double doors) of Cox Hall by their instructor. The instructor will ask the student/parent a series of questions and depending on the responses, will then sign them into the building, lead them to their lesson space, teach the lesson, and will communicate with the parent/guardian by phone/text when they are wrapping up.
    • In an effort to limit potential exposure, we are not allowing any guests into the building; this includes parents of RCMS students. This is to best protect our RCMS students, faculty, and community at large. However, (and this is where the creativity comes into play), the expectation is that once the student is with the instructor, a connection will be made from either the student or instructors cellphone to the parent through any video messaging platform (facetime, google meets, zoom, etc) so the parent can be watching the lesson from their cell phone in their vehicle in real time. No child will be left unattended at any time. 
    • The instructor will then escort the student to the exit door (side door on the right side of the front of the building). The instructor will remind the student to fill out the sign out sheet. Parents will then wait in the circle outside of Cox Hall, or right outside the exit door for their child. 
  • All students must wear an appropriate mask when they enter the building. For the safety of our students and instructors, please see the following information below: 

    • All instructors will be expected to wear masks during any time they are in the building, except when they are in a space alone. 

    • Students who are taking piano, guitar/ukulele, drumset and any other instruments that don’t require a mouthpiece etc, will be required to wear a mask during the entirety of their lesson, and will be in rooms that can accommodate social distancing of 6ft.

    • For all other instruments and voice, students will be allowed to pull their mask down to play/sing but required to put it back on immediately during times when they are not playing/singing (discussion, teacher demonstration, etc). These lessons will take place in larger classrooms/spaces where social distancing of at least 12+ feet can be accommodated. Also there will be the expectation that instrument bells will not face the instructor.

  • To mitigate any potential exposure, we are asking that all students use the restroom at home before coming to campus for lessons. Only in emergency situations will the restrooms be available. 
  • Students should bring their own water bottle as the water fountains will be out of order.

  • We are available for questions and concerns any time at

  • This is a very fluid situation and things may change quickly depending on State, County, and College regulations. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue through these strange times together. 

Transition Back to Remote (if required by NYS during the Term): 

  • The transition back to online would be similar to how we initially had to transition at the beginning of COVID. This will include students choosing from the following:

    • Continuing lessons remotely

    • Taking a pause in lessons and applying credit towards lessons when we return to in-person

    • Taking a pause in lessons and receiving a refund for lessons paid for but not taken

Roberts Community Music School

This is a place where you can realize your goals, reach your potential, and enjoy your musical journey.


To provide a full range of the finest possible instruction and musical opportunities to persons of all ages and abilities, to increase appreciation of music and to encourage a sense of joy in learning and performing.


We envision a society where all people have access to individualized musical study and exploration that fosters an environment of creativity and innovation of artistic endeavors.

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Ashley Uhlman

Ashley Uhlman


"Music has always been an important part of my life. Growing up some of my fondest memories are attending music lessons with beloved teachers who shared my enthusiasm for the art. I am incredibly blessed to now be that model and guide for my own students. I love cultivating their desire to learn and passion for music. I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to encourage others and watch them grow as musicians and people."

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Tierney McLean


"I love to teach music because I love to see the "aha!" moments when something suddenly makes sense. I think there are more of those moments in music than other topics because music comes in so many layers where growth can happen at any skill level and any age. Seeing that growth, and seeing students come into their own as musicians is the most rewarding thing in the world."

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Caroline Nielson


"Music is the only form of communication that bypasses the mind and speaks to the heart.' These words that my father has often shared with me continue to encapsulate my love for music, as both teacher and performer. The power of music is heard all around us but is so evident in lessons - it stimulates the mind, promotes creativity and self-confidence, and strengthens us as individuals. When a student sings a note or phrase that is right on target - and they know it - their face lights up with joy and accomplishment before I can say even one word. Those priceless moments are why I love teaching music."

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Ashley Moss

Early Childhood

"Teaching music to infants and toddlers is pure joy! Starting children on their musical journey is my greatest passion. It is truly a blessing to be able to watch our littlest musicians experience familiar and unfamiliar sounds, explore movement and music making, and express their own musicianship each week!"

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Tim Shannon


"Music has always been a powerful force in my life. I hope by teaching others how to play music that their own lives can be enriched the same way mine was. It has also been my privilege to watch students develop their own artistry and relationship with music over the years. I'm thankful for every one of them and for the opportunity to be part of their journey.”

What People Are Saying

“I have really enjoyed my lessons with Nicole. My church music director even commented on my improved sound. :) I am very happy with what I am learning in my lessons and Nicole is "stretching" me in what I am able to accomplish.”
–Ginny Ignatowski

“My six-year-old son started taking piano lessons with Leanne Zito in January and he is doing great. He is a very active boy and she is great at getting him to focus. I am very impressed with how far he has come and I have even noticed improvements in his academic reading and writing skills as well!”
– Anne Saleh

“Shannon is a very gifted piano teacher. She knows how to challenge me and also how to let me find my own way. Shannon is very affirming and encouraging during our lessons. Her knowledge base is vast. Shannon intuitively knows how to work with me where I am and then gently move me forward. You are fortunate to have her teaching in the Roberts Community Music School.”
–Pat Bradt

"As a music educator myself, I find the RCMS program incredibly rewarding for my son and a great value for the high level of instruction he receives. I look forward to enrolling my daughter as well."
- Matthew Nordhausen

"Everyone at RCMS is so kind and helpful. The instructor I had was very qualified. Highly recommend RCMS."
- Denise Spite

"We are so pleased about how kind and accommodating the teacher was to my ASD son. Mike has told me that his lessons relax him-- something that is very important and rare for him."
- Karen Fenton

“Thank you so much for all the work you put into the intro to music ukulele class. It was a great experience for Grant and I hope that you can continue to offer home school classes in the future. The class was challenging for him but he always left encouraged and excited about what he had learned. You are a wonderful teacher and your students were excellent with the children as well. The practice sheets and videos were great tools and really helped me guide his practice at home. The performance at the end was such a nice way to celebrate all that was learned and we really enjoyed the experience.”
–Elissa Glor

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