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Preliminary Results of Performing Arts Aerosol Study Begins to Find Hope for
Music Activities in the Future Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

In May, the NFHS, CBDNA and a coalition of over 125 performing arts organizations commissioned a study on aerosol rates produced by activities in music, speech, debate and theatre. Over the last month, researchers at the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Maryland have been hard at work gathering preliminary results. NCMEA is a financial contributor to this study.

Disclaimer: All information provided through the study is to be used strictly for general consideration. This information will be updated when it becomes available.

NC Bandmasters COVID-19 Recommendations for Fall 2020

NCBA does not have all the answers and has no way of knowing exactly what the future holds. The guidelines and suggestions given in this document are simply best practices and ideas to consider when offering face-to-face instruction during the 2020-2021 school year. While it may be challenging for a while longer, finding a way to provide music education for all students is more important than ever. We’re confident we’ll get through this and be stronger on the other side.

ASTA Guides for String Teachers & Directors

The American String Teachers Association convened the ASTA COVID-19 Task Force on May 21, 2020, to create planning guides for string teachers as they prepare to resume string instruction in classrooms and studios in the fall.

ASTA is providing suggestions for classroom teachers, ensemble directors and studio teachers as they navigate various instructional situations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

High School Band Director’s National Association Official Recommendation for the Maintenance and Continuation of Band Education In Our Nation’s Schools During COVID-19

It’s a Blueprint for Viable Instrumental Music Instruction for Teachers, Directors, Administrators and School Systems.

Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education from NFHS & NAfME

This document provides practical guidance for PreK-12 schools as administrators and music educators seek to provide meaningful music instruction for students of all ages and grade levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NCDPI Arts Ed Remote Learning Resources for Parents and Teachers

In an effort to provide Arts educators with support during statewide closure of K-12 public schools, the NCDPI Arts Ed Team has organized ideas and resources for remote Arts instruction. Please note that these are not lessons, but they are ideas to springboard plans for instruction.

Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools

The Lighting Our Way Forward: Summary Document provides an overview and synthesis of NCDHHS requirements, clear, actionable steps that are advisable before students and employees return to school buildings, and guidance that is applicable throughout the 2020-2021 school year. This Summary Document includes topic specific links to the more comprehensive and detailed Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools.

StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12)
Interim Guidance As Of June 8, 2020 – Updated July 14, 2020

This toolkit outlines the requirements and recommendations that education leaders, families and students should use to understand what health practices will be in place when students return to school. The Public Health Toolkit should be used in combination with operational guidance provided by NCDPI which includes strategies to implement the health guidance in schools, and to address other non-health areas for reopening planning, including scheduling supports, how to approach instructional practice, and providing staff training.

Recommendations for Arts Education as North Carolina Reopens Schools

The North Carolina Arts Education Leadership Coalition (AELC): Arts North Carolina (Arts NC), North Carolina Arts Education Association (NCAEA), North Carolina Dance Education Organization (NCDEO), North Carolina Music Educators Association (NCMEA), North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators (NCTAE), and the North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC), stands with our national leadership to support the Arts Education Is Essential unified statement as applicable for North Carolina schools.

What Music Instruction Might Look Like For Students In North Carolina

Many questions and valid concerns regarding the safety of students and teachers continue to surface as they relate to the viability of music education in the immediate future due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While teaching and learning may not be quite the same in our current-COVID-19 world, our state’s commitment to providing a rich and varied educational experience to the students in North Carolina should remain the same.

NCMEA Leadership has prepared a document: Examples of What Music Might Look Like For Students Across North Carolina.

Arts Education Social & Emotional Learning Framework

Arts Education and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Framework is designed to illuminate the intersection between arts education and social-emotional learning to allow for the intentional application of appropriate teaching and learning strategies, with the overarching goal of enhancing Arts Education.

NFHS has partnered with NAfME and NAMM to provide music educators with the following resources:

College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) COVID-19 Response Committee Report

The next few months are going to be critical for our profession. Our collective response to this ever-changing narrative may have a long-lasting impact on how we do what we do once we “get back to normal.” While many of our members also coach chamber music, teach classroom and/or applied conducting, and teach other courses, this committee was charged only with addressing large ensemble instruction. We acknowledge that there will be omissions. Therefore, this will be a living document that will be updated and amended as needed.

COVID-19 Resources for Music Educators

(Thank You Ruth Petersen!)


Free TMEA Live Stream Web Series

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 Resources for Online Teaching

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:

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:

Register now for free Professional Learning Community webinars

The resource page will be updated regularly. Please let music educators know about these resources!

Educational Outreach From The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”

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.

Stay safe, stay strong, and stand united.

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.


NCDPI Guidance For Remote Learning

During the COVID-19 crisis, communities across the world are adjusting to a new normal, “Stay Home, Save Lives,” that impacts all facets of their lives, including education. School leadership is essential to help teachers, students and families adjust to learning from home.

In April, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), in partnership with the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University, released Instructional Design Principles for Remote Teaching & Learning for teacher use, and Recommendations for Instructional Leaders to tackle the new world of remote learning.

These documents are designed to provide guidance for student learning across North Carolina when state, national or international crises impede students from learning in their regular school setting.


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.


Announcing the Teaching North Carolina Arts Project

NC Arts Education

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.




To promote performance opportunities, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].


Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards

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

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Statewide Grants


The Marilyn F Grinwis Gray Scholarship

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.

Don’t hesitate to contact Connie Phifer Savell with any questions or concerns at:
206 North Roxford Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
[email protected].

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Regional/Community Grants


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Equipment Grants

Drums for Drummers

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.

If you know of a school that could use a drum set but can’t afford one please contact us via our website www.DrumsForDrummers.org or call 949-689-5364.

Check out our Drums For Drummers Facebook page for our latest drum donations and school placements.

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Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Grants

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 RisingMusic 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.

Dan Pessalano
Program Officer
The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
[email protected]

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Other Grants

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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.

Adverse Childhood Experiences in North Carolina

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To promote opportunities for professional development, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].


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To promote music-related camps or clinics, please contact Pat Hall at [email protected].