Unprecedented International Coalition led by
Performing Arts Organizations to Commission COVID-19 Study
A number of performing arts organizations have joined forces to commission a study on the effects of COVID-19 on the return to the rehearsal hall. It is important to understand what risks exist in performing arts classrooms and performance venues. Specifically, the study will examine aerosol rates produced by wind instrumentalists, vocalists, and even actors, and how quickly those aerosol rates accumulate in a space. Although not yet proven, strong anecdotal evidence suggests that the COVID-19 virus can travel in the microscopic droplets expelled from a person with the virus, even when asymptomatic. The only way to determine what risk level exists or to create best practices for reducing infection risk is to understand how aerosol disbursement works in a performing arts setting.
Once the aerosol rates are better understood, the study will focus on remediation of aerosols in confined spaces like rehearsal rooms (both educational and professional), classrooms, and performance settings in order to develop better understanding, policy, and practice for a safe returning to performance and education.
More information can be found here:
National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) Resources
NFHS has partnered with NAfME and NAMM to provide music educators with the following resources:
- Guidance for a Return to High School Marching Band
- Guidelines for Distributed Music Recordings
- Instrument Cleaning Guidelines
- FREE Music Adjudication Courses
- FREE Marching Band Show Program for Schools All Across America
- FREE & Exclusive 2020 Field Show: Together as One – One Nation
(Thank You Ruth Petersen!)
Our friends at the Tennessee Music Educators Association are providing a live stream web series that can be watched on the Keeping the Beat, TMEA, or UT-Martin Music Facebook pages as well as the Keeping the Beat YouTube channel. They broadcast Monday-Thursday at 7:00 PM CST. Professional Development certificates can be downloaded from www.tnmea.org.
They also have a wonderful collection of previously recorded shows on their Facebook page!
Yamaha wants to help music educators as you explore options and search for resources to facilitate online teaching.
Since teaching face-to-face is not possible, Yamaha’s educational partners and other companies are offering resources and solutions, including free lesson plans and subscriptions, to help you navigate these unchartered waters to teach music in new and creative ways.
FREE Online PD from NAfME
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating many Music Education Associations (MEAs) cancel conferences, NAfME has made over 100 hours of FREE Online PD available to EVERYONE! Webinars and journal articles are easily accessible 24/7!
The following professional development resources have been made available for free:
- 10 webinars from NAfME Academy.
- 104 Music Educators Journal featured articles are complete with a brief quiz.
All NAfME professional development is peer-reviewed and specifically developed for music educators by music educators.
Upon successful completion of the article/quiz and accompanying quiz (75% or higher), you earn a certificate of completion valued at “one contact hour.”
Please contact JJ Norman, [email protected], with any questions you may have.
For more information, visit Free professional development clock hours on the NAfME website.
Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators
Ideas from NAfME Members for Fellow Music Educators
To assist NAfME members with the current challenges of teaching and pursuing professional development virtually, members of NAfME Societies and Councils have provided a list of Virtual Learning Resources from their own original teaching experiences, music educators in their school districts, universities, communities, peers or other trusted sources. We thank them for their assistance and commitment to NAfME members as we all pull together to keep educating and making music.
Additionally, starting with 2 webinars this Thursday afternoon and evening (March 26), NAfME will host regular Professional Learning Community webinars on various topics:
- March 26, 2 PM ET: Teaching Students with Disabilities during COVID-19 with Alice Hammel
- March 26, 8:30 PM ET: Music Education and SEL during COVID-19 with Scott Edgar
- March 27, 3:45 PM ET: Online Teaching . . . Where Do I Even Start?! with Anne Fennell
- March 30, 4:00 PM ET: Online Learning and Copyright for Music Educators with John Mlynczak
- March 31, 12:00 PM ET: Strategies for Thriving as a Music Teacher during Uncertain Times with Lesley Moffat, Dana Varona, & Christa Kuebel
- Past NAfME/NAMM Foundation webinar: Bridging the Gap: Teaching and Learning Music Online
The resource page will be updated regularly. Please let music educators know about these resources!
As we are all adapting to safe, social distancing regulations, the Soldiers of Pershing’s Own are excited to share some fun tools and musical tricks-of-the-trade via our United We Stand virtual space. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be rolling out some new music education content for your use and enjoyment.
For teachers and students at all levels, as well as many parents, we know there is a real need for finding quality educational tools and content. We hope you enjoy what our world-class musicians have created to help us all stay connected through music.
- See all of the Educational Videos on YouTube
- Have a professional musician work with your students through free, virtual Masterclasses
- Chat with the musicians directly on Discord
Stay safe, stay strong, and stand united.
Zoom Removes 40-Minute Time Limit for K-12 Schools
Zoom is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by COVID-19. Click Here to request this offer.
They’ve also created a page of Zoom tips and COVID-19 Resources that can be useful for people unfamiliar with virtual meetings.
NC Symphony Education Concert
Thank you all for sharing information about our virtual Education Concert last week. The video is now our most-viewed of all time, with nearly 3,500 views!
Over the next 6 weeks, we will be rolling out lesson plans and activities that coincide with each piece on this video. The first lesson is now posted on our website here:
ncsymphony.org/virtual – Password: 1932
Check back on Tuesdays for new lessons and activities.
Arts Instructional Resources
Compiled by the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (agencies like our NCDPI). This national organization has collected information from all the states and consolidated them to one easy site for constituents to share with people inquiring about arts education during this time. Please share as appropriate.
“The arts education community is working to build a repository of instructional resources for the field. The links within this page continue to be updated. If you have a resource which may be helpful to enriching arts instruction virtually, please contribute to the online site with your ideas here.”
For questions about this site, please contact Julie Palkowski, SEADAE Wisconsin Member.
NC Arts Education
K-12 STANDARDS, CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
The NC Standard Course of Study calls for the teaching of North Carolina Arts, Artists and the way the culture has been affected by the arts of our state. Created through a partnership with the North Carolina Arts Council, this resource is for NC teachers to teach about NC artistic styles, genres and artists to satisfy the Culture, Connecting and Cultural Relevancy standards, specifically about North Carolina in grades 4 and 8.
Visit https://sites.google.com/dpi.nc.gov/tncap for more information on the Teaching North Carolina Arts Project.
COVID-19 Updates & More Resources
There’s a trove of information available related to COVID-19. With your phone:
- Text COVIDNC to 898211 to get alerts about Coronavirus updates in NC.
- Dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 for COVID-19 questions.
In the links below you’ll find news from the World Health Organization (WHO) and guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the NC Department of Health and Human Services. There’s even information related to music instrument hygiene. Also, our friends at Arts NC have created a hub for all Arts COVID19 Relief Funds.
- NAfME COVID-19 Resource and News page
- NC Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 Response
- Contact your local NC Health Department
- Arts NC COVID19 Resource Page – Search for relief funds in your area by county, either to donate or request assistance.
SEARCH THESE CATEGORIES FOR MORE TEACHER RESOURCES
To promote performance opportunities, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].
The Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards recognize the value of quality professional development for teachers at all phases of their careers. The program will provide a stipend of up to $1,000 for pre K-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing. Teachers can use the grant award to attend a workshop or conference that deepens their subject area knowledge, such as a coding workshop for computer science teachers, or a session on how to create a project-based learning experience for students. Applicants need to describe how their participation in the professional development experience will enhance their efforts to create a work-based learning activity for their students. The program aims to hand out six to 12 awards during the 2018-19 school year.
To be eligible for the Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards, North Carolina public and public charter school teachers must submit a proposal that includes details about their teaching experience and the professional development activity they wish to pursue. Applicants also need to describe how their participation in the professional development experience will enhance their efforts to create a work-based learning activity for their students. Click here to apply.
Upcoming Application Deadline: March 1, 2020
- Foundation for the Carolinas
- North Carolina Community Foundation
- Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
- Insperity Corporate Program
- Duke Energy Foundation
- NC Bright Ideas
- Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
The Marilyn F Grinwis Gray Scholarship is available to individuals currently enrolled in Music Education or Elementary Education degree programs at a recognized college or university in North Carolina. Applicants need not be members of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The application process is competitive.
The NC DKG Educational Foundation may award up to five $3,000 scholarships in 2020. Applications for the Marilyn F Grinwis Gray Scholarship are due March 15, 2020.
- Burke County
Community Foundation of Burke County
- Davie County
Community Foundation of Davie County
- Charlotte Area
- Forsyth, Wintson-Salem Area
John W. & Ann H. Hanes Foundation
- Guilford County
- Henderson County
Community Foundation of Henderson
- Salisbury and Rowan County
The Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation
- Western North Carolina
Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
(Serving Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Heywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, Mcdowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania & Yancey counties)
Carl Stewart’s Drums for Drummers is a non-profit corporation established in 2014 to enable students in underfunded schools to have access to a drum set.
We acquire donated drums from private sellers, as well as corporate donations from drum manufacturers, cymbal makers, and hardware manufacturers. We take donated drum sets, fix them up, replace any missing parts, put new Remo drumheads on and tune them. The completed drum kits are placed into youth programs, elementary, junior high and high schools with music programs in underfunded school districts.
We are located in Southern California and access donors from all over the US. We connect drum set donors with schools close to the donors location. The requirements for a school to receive a drum set are on our website Drums for Drummers.
Check out our Drums For Drummers Facebook page for our latest drum donations and school placements.
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation is a non-profit that supports instrumental music education programs by providing instrument grants to schools in need. They want to support instrumental music programs in North Carolina through their disaster relief program, Music Rising. Music Rising helps replace instruments in schools affected by devastating events, such as hurricanes and wild fires.
If there are schools in your community that have lost instruments as a result of natural disasters that will not be replaced via insurance and/or FEMA (a Music Rising requirement), please contact Dan Pessalano and/or encourage music teachers to contact him directly. Additionally, share this note and Mr. Pessalano’s contact information with any other party who may be aware of schools that should be considered for Music Rising assistance.
- The Mockingbird Foundation
- The NEA Foundation
- North Carolina Arts Council
- Wal-Mart Local Giving Program
To promote music-related grants & awards, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].
Learn About Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Many of us have been discussing ACEs and the implications for work within Arts Education settings and projects. These are Adverse Childhood Experiences that impact not only the success of programming and student participation and achievement, but also have demonstrated effects on adult health and behavior. The arts offer unique opportunities for interventions, expression, and also opportunities for community discussion.
If you are unfamiliar with this research and how it may affect the success of the work that you do, please take a look at the resources below.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
– Definition, studies, resources
Understanding Trauma-Informed Education
– The principal of an internationally recognized trauma-informed school explains what this form of education is—and what it isn’t.