Part of the ongoing initiative by NAfME and NFHS to support music educators as they plan their return to the physical classroom.
Resources in “Phase III”, include
- Advocating for Your Program during This Phase of the Pandemic
- Recommendations for a Return to Activity
- Different Types of Returns
- Recruitment and Retention
- General Strategies
- How to Talk with School Administrators
- Copyright Considerations
- Travel Guidance
The resources in “Phase II,” include
- Student Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
- Teacher Well Being
- Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) Funding Opportunities
- Curriculum Adjustments and Reimagined Classroom Procedures
- School-Owned Equipment and Uniforms
- Student Eligibility
Hartt and SUNY Fredonia composition students are participating in a grant that has been awarded to the Connecticut Music Educators Association and is sponsored in part by The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University!
Music education has been impacted by the pandemic. Schools that are open for students to attend music programs and ensembles are typically unable to rehearse properly due to the 12 foot distance requirement. Other complications to rehearsals and performance include cohorting, school schedules, and audience size. Technology, copyright, and a lack of available materials for teachers to use have made the creation of virtual ensembles difficult to execute.
In the spring of 2021, Hartt and SUNY Fredonia students used primary sources and music from The Library of Congress to create approximately 30 musical arrangements from the public domain, with a few arrangements also being created with permission of the copyright holder. Not only will this music be a welcome aid to music educators for the start of the 2021 year (and beyond), as they will be able to freely use this material online, but this collection will also make a nice contribution to diversity in music education with the addition of arrangements of Amy Beach, Gena Branscombe, Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Ada Habershon, and Pauline Russell Browne. There are some wonderful arrangements in this collection by other composers, lesser-known, such as O.F. Berdan and A. Brand as well. Folk songs, Chopin and Sousa marches are also among the arrangements, with many of Sousa’s original scores being a part of The Library of Congress. The pandemic may have caused the biggest challenge to music education in our lifetimes, but the arrangements created by the Hartt and SUNY Fredonia students are wonderful and the future is bright with these students as our future composers!
CMEA wants to support our membership by coordinating a Resource-Sharing Document for you to utilize. Please consider submitting your ideas to share with others at the button on the right of this page. The list is managed by Melanie Champion, CMEA Professional Development Chair and will be updated regularly so please check back often.
Instructions: Use the tabs on the spreadsheet to navigate the various content areas. (CMEA accepts no responsibility for content. Review and use at your own discretion)
During the 2020-21 all of CMEA’s Professional Development are being held virtually. This link will take you our recordings of the webinars presented this year.