Entries by CMEA

CTE Elementary Arts Credential: AB 2437

The CMEA Executive board has been following the Governor’s Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill: AB 2473: Career Technical Education (CTE) Elementary Authorization with a Concentration in the arts. This would require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to issue a new, CTE Elementary authorization in the arts. You can click here to read the full language of the […]

NAfME Celebrates 50th Anniversary of NASPAAM with Resolution

On June 22, 2022, NAfME President Scott R. Sheehan announced at the 2022 National Leadership Assembly in Reston, Virginia, that NAfME would formally recognize the 50th anniversary of the National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM) with a resolution celebrating the milestone. Present at the announcement were NASPAAM president Marsha […]

New CDPH Guidelines for Music Education

Please see the updates specific to music education below. The guidance in its entirety is available here. While this does not everything that CMEA has requested in communications with the California Department of Public Health, this guidance brings us closer to classroom music teaching and learning for students and educators. School-Based Extracurricular Activities The requirements and […]

CMEA Response to Updated Guidance from the California Department of Public Health – September 1, 2021

CDPH Guidance Continues to Fall Short for Music Education The California Music Educators Association (CMEA) is once again sorely disappointed in the guidance released on September 1, 2021 (click that link, item #16) by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In our efforts to work with the CDPH, we find them lacking in their […]

Update on CDPH Guidelines

CMEA met with California Department of Public Health in early June to discuss recommendations for getting music education back into the classroom safely.  CMEA has since also provided the July 16 updated guidelines from the aerosol study, posted here. Currently, the CDPH language for guidance regarding the music classroom is included in the following places on […]

CMEA Recommendations for State and Federal Funding

CMEA has seen in the news and heard from education colleagues about the current available funds being allocated towards education. Indeed, there are unprecedented dollars that have arrived, or will soon arrive, to school districts. There are definitely opportunities for many of these funds to be spent on music education, but an allocation towards music […]

Keep Music Alive in California

On March 30, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued revised public health guidance for K-12 schools. The current guidance states, “Outdoor singing and band practice are permitted, provided that precautions such as physical distancing and mask wearing are implemented to the maximum extent possible. Playing of wind instruments (any instrument played by […]

UPDATE: CPDH Guidelines for Performing Arts Activities

On March 22, the California Department of Public Health updated their guidelines regarding Performing Arts activities. Previously, the guidelines stated that such activities were “highly discouraged” and only allowed in very specific circumstances. For more information these new developments regarding Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Activities, click here. Relevant requirements, recommendations, and resources for […]

UPDATE: CDC & Performing Arts Activities

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement of reduced physical distancing on March 19, 2021 many questions have been asked about whether performing arts activities can be also have reduced physical distancing. We applaud the CDC on removing the requirement for plexiglass barriers. The CDC’s new distancing recommendation only focuses on seated classrooms. […]