Performing Arts Aerosol Study Begins to Find Hope for
Future Music Activities 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.
- Preliminary results of the Aerosol Study updated August 17
- Aerosol Study FAQ’s
- The University of Colorado Boulder has developed a Risk Assessment Tool which can be applied to practice/rehearsal rooms, or any other space. Data needed for this tool:
- Room volume (length x width x height)
- HVAC outside air turnover rate, expressed by air “changes per hour” or “liters per second.”
- Add additional HEPA air purifier units to reach higher “changes per hour” or “liters per second.”
- Additional NFHS Performing Arts COVID-19 Resources
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.
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.
Updated August 21, 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instructional Design Principles for Remote Teaching & Learning
Recommendations for Instructional Leaders
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.