Guidance for Music During COVID
The International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study, of which the National Association for Music Education is a member, has released updated guidelines for music education classrooms as school approaches this fall. The guidance updates previous mitigation tactics with the understanding that states need to consult local and state COVID-19 guidance and transmission rates for appropriate mitigation adoption and adjust accordingly. NAfME will continue working closely with The International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study to ensure guidelines are up to date as we monitor the effects of the Delta variant and its impact on transmission rates across the country.
Updated guidelines are as follows:
- No mitigation is needed for outdoor performances depending on the level of local and state transmission rates. Outdoors remain the safest space for performances
- Masking with appropriate material remains the best way of reducing potential infected aerosol from circulating in an indoor space. Masks are recommended be worn while singing and speaking.
- Bell covers made from appropriate material remain the best way of reducing potential infected aerosol from circulating in an indoor space.
- Depending on your comfort level, instrumentalists can wear masks only when speaking and slitted performance masks are optional.
- In spaces with good ventilation rates and HEPA filtration, increased indoor rehearsal times of 50 minutes may be considered. A minimum of 3 air exchanges per hour should be used, if there are spaces with higher air change rates, you may consider longer rehearsal times.
- Distancing may be decreased to 3 feet, adjusting farther or closer depending on local conditions.
- Continue good hygiene practice moving forward, including appropriate elimination of brass fluid.
- Plastic face shields only stop large droplets, not aerosol; room dividers inhibit the function of the HVAC system and are not recommended
- COVID Music Making Protocols (PDF)
- Updated Guidance from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Special Considerations for Music & Arts programs found on pages 16 & 16)
- 3rd Release of Performing Arts Aerosol Study Preliminary Results (11/13 Update)
- Aerosol Study Infographic from NFHS
- PA Arts COVID Phased Reopening Guidance
- Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education from NFHS and NAfME
- NAfME-NFHS Guidance Information
- PAEA Arts in Education Survey Results
- PMEA Cares: Together We Teach – Charting a Path Forward Webinar
- PMEA Preparing Music Educators for Action – Slides from the May 21 webinar
- PMEA Future Planning Committee – Summaries
Focus Group Information
- PMEA Instrumental Focus Group Discussion (6.11.20)
- PMEA Choral Focus group (6.11.20)
- PMEA SMTE Focus Group Meeting (6.11.20)
- PMEA Classroom Music Focus Group Meeting (6.17.20)
- PMEA Advocacy Update (8.24.20)
- PMEA Letter to Superintendents (sent 8.17.20)
- PMEA Letter to Superintendents (sent 5.12.20)
- Letter to PA Secretary of Education (sent 5.13.20)
- Letter sent to the PA School Boards Association (sent 5.13.20)
- NAfME Federal Action Alert
NAfME launched a new campaign to ask that Congress appropriate at least $200 billion specifically for education for states to avoid drastic education budget cuts. Without this funding, music programs will be jeopardized. We are asking members to reach out to their members of Congress to request $200 billion in the next legislative relief package to backfill state education budgets.
- PMEA Advocacy Page
- PMEA Preparing for the Future (member resource)
- PMEA Council TTRR Quick Start Guide to Online Resources
- Sample Resources for Teaching Music Online – UD Undergrads
- Teaching Online Lesson Basics 101 by Susanna Sonnenberg
- Teaching Music from Home Ideas (District 1 Aaron Booz)
- Teaching Arts Online (March 2020) and Music Resources (April 2020)
- Virtual Learning Resources – Ideas from NAfME Members for Music Educators
- Online Music Education (ongoing updates + all of the above)
- PMEA Virtual Resources Webpage