A Message from Kathleen D. Sanz,
President, National Association for Music Education
As your national president, I want to share a special message with you for these deeply challenging times. I know that you are concerned, as I am, about how the coronavirus pandemic will affect the near- and long-term future of music teaching and learning. We are all receiving new information every day, if not minute by minute. And I know that the messages can be discouraging.
Please know that NAfME understands the challenges you are facing and that we are working to provide information to help you. We are committed to supporting you and your students through the pandemic and beyond. We want you to know that…
- NAfME is collaborating with other organizations and associations, including the National Federation of State High School Associations, to release clear guidance regarding safety in music (ensemble) classrooms. A few research studies are underway; as soon as the initial results are released, we will provide you with that information.
- We are collecting information to share from music supervisors and district arts coordinators on best practices in terms of creative scheduling.
- We are working with other arts and education associations to release a unified statement about the importance of music and arts educationto help us garner support from decision-makers during tough budget discussions.
- To help you advocate for your own program, we will soon offer webinars that will help you activate parent groups to advocate for the continuation of quality music programs.
- Right now, understanding that instruction may look different in the fall (whether it’s a combination of online and in-person instruction, small group instruction, social distancing, or all in person), we want to help you prepare to continue a comprehensive music education by focusing on the creating and responding standards. Several webinars are already available, and many more will be provided throughout the summer.
To assist you immediately, here are links to more resources to help you with advocacy, distance teaching, and professional development:
Thank you for working together and supporting each other and our students during these uncertain and difficult times. I am so grateful to be a part of such an incredible music education community.
This pandemic is temporary. The value of teaching music is forever!
Stay safe and well,