Entries by CMEA

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. […]

Join a Performing Arts Class

Are you concerned that 2020 has impacted your child’s social and emotional wellbeing? Participating in a Performing Arts class in school could be the answer you’re looking for! Encouraging your child to participate in a Performing Arts class can really help the feeling of isolation during these days of distance/remote learning. These are classes like […]

NAfME 2020 Student Composition Competitions

2020 Composition & Songwriting Competition Every year the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) sponsors a student composition competition providing students the opportunity to submit original songs for future performance. Cash prizes were awarded to winners and honorable mentions and all entrants received written evaluations of their compositions. This year, NAfME added a Student Songwriters category for […]

CMEA Response to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Update

On October 14, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) posted updated guidelines regarding singing and playing wind instruments. The CMEA response to this update is below and available to download as a PDF by clicking this link. CDPH Update: California Department of Public Health Schools Guidance updated on October 14, 2020  “….. outdoor singing […]