Thank you to Florida’s music educators for all that you are doing for your students during this unprecedented time, and thank you for sharing the following linked resources. We will be updating these resources as we learn of new ones.
The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) wishes health and wellness for all. FMEA is available to answer or research any questions you might have during this period of uncertainty. 1-800-301-3632, info@FMEA.org or FMEA.org The following are resources for music educators dealing with school closures due to COVID-19.
The International Coalition on the Study of Aerosol has released results and mitigation recommendations for Fall 2021.
The study is being conducted by the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Maryland. James Weaver from the National Federation of High Schools and Mark Spede the President of CBDNA are the coordinators of the project. Many performing arts coalitions joined forces to commission the study on the effects of COVID -19 on the return to ensemble playing. The Florida Music Educators Association is a contributing member of the coalition. The coalition has had the foresight to try to establish the risks and mitigating factors for performing musical instruments and singing in the classrooms and outdoor spaces.
We would like to suggest that as Florida Music Educators you read and understand the information in the report. We do know that this is very preliminary with additional preliminary results being released at the end of July with additional information on wind and brass instruments and singing, including elementary classroom singing, humming, and recorder playing. Once you review the results, plan to share the preliminary information with administrators. There are considerations in the preliminary release of the study that can be reviewed now, in particular HVAC systems and HEPA filters.
Arts Education Resources
- Arts Education is Essential Unified Statement
- FLDOE Reopening Florida Schools and the CARES Act
- Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning:
Music Education Resources
- Guidance for General Music Teaching (NAfME Sept. 30, 2020)
- Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education - NAfME and NFHS (August 21, 2020)
- High School Marching Band Guidance (May 28, 2020)
- ACDA Resources for Choral Professionals During a Pandemic
- Choruses and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
- Teaching Chorus Digitally, with Zoom
- CBDNA Ideas to Deal with Coronavirus and Distance Learning for Ensembles and Conducting Class
- Chrome Music Labs
- International Music Score Library Project
- Save the Music Foundation Free Teacher Resources
- Distance Learning Alternatives*: Questions to Consider in This Bizarre Time
- Hal Leonard Distance Learning Solutions
- Conn-Selmer Educational Video Resources
- Scott Lang Free Leadership Course for Secondary Students
- Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall
- Breezin' Thru Theory & Composing - Free during COVID-19 School Closures
- Excelcia Meet the Composer Videos
- Be A Recorder Star - Macie Publishing - Free online recorder instruction
- NAfME Virtual Learning Resources for Music Education
- Music In Our Schools Month
- NAMM Foundation COVID-19 Resources
- U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" new Virtual Educational Resources
- Teaching Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Through Music
- See the NAfME COVID-19 page for:
- Resources to protect music programs and provide guidance for going back to school this fall
- Free Professional Development
- Advice and insight from members
- The online community, Amplify, and the NAfME Linked-In Group
Civil Rights of Students
- Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students [PDF, 385KB] (March 16, 2020)
- Protecting Student Privacy: FERPA and the Coronavirus (March 12, 2020)
- The Office for Civil Rights issued a Letter to Education Leaders on Preventing and Addressing potential discrimination associated with COVID-19
- Childhood Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
- Copyright Permissions for Performance (December 10, 2020)
- Copyright and Distance Learning: an analysis of the TEACH Act by NAfME and NFHS (September 10, 2020)
- Distributed Music Recordings: Use of Copyrighted Music in Recorded Performance for Assessment (April 27, 2020)
- Distance Learning and Copyrighted Materials by Hal Leonard
- National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Copyright Guidance
- NFHS Podcast on Copyright
- NAfME Copyright Page
General Education Resources
- Florida Department of Education resources
- FL DOE Q&A Guidance
- Education Commission of the States COVID-19 Response and Policies
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Guidance for Planning, Preparation and Response within K-12 Schools
- Education Week Coronavirus and Schools
- Education Week Map of COVID-19 School Closures
General Health Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Landing Page
- World Health Organization COVID-19 Landing Page
- Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Current Confirmed Cases Tracker
- EPA Registered Anti-Microbial Products For Use Against COVID-19
- National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians Instrument Cleanliness Resource
- Piano Technicians Guild COVID-19 Piano Care
- UNLV School of Music Instrument Hygiene
- Guitars in the Classroom’s health policy for classroom music making safety
- Guitars in the Classroom’s recommend procedures for cleaning classroom ukuleles and guitars
- NAfME/NAMM/NFHS Instrument Cleaning Guidelines (April 24, 2020)
- NEW: Instrument Disinfection 101 from Yamaha (July 2020)
School Closure Guidance
- CDC guidance on Considerations for School Closures (no longer being updated, see CDC Control and Prevention COVID-19 Landing Page)
State and Local Government Resources
Students with Disabilities
- Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak(March 12, 2020)
Schools should continue promoting everyday disease prevention strategies:
- If you are sick, stay home from school.
- Avoid close contact with those who are already sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Consult https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus for further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
Schools can share relevant CDC fact sheets to help students, families, and staff understand COVID-19 along with steps they can take to protect themselves:
- What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- What to do if you are sick
- Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19
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