Covid-19 Updates and Aerosol Studies

Updated 1-5-21. The latest on aerosol studies, pertaining to all ensembles and general music, has been linked here. As music educators continue to face challenges, LMEA is committed to providing resources to assist teachers as they become available to us in an attempt to help teachers adapt to this “new normal.”

11-13-2020. International Coalition of the Performing Arts, 3rd Release – Performing Arts Aerosol Study and other information including Video Conversations with lead researchers

International Coalition of the Performing Arts Organizations – 8/6/2020. Aerosol Study Round 2 (all ensembles)

NFHS – 8/6/2020. Second Round of Performing Arts Aerosol Study Produces Encouraging Preliminary Results

NFHS – 8/6/2020. The latest updates and guidance related to aerosol studies and COVID-19

International Coalition of the Performing Arts Organizations – Preliminary Recommendations from International Performing Arts Aerosol Study Based on Initial Testing Results

NAfME and NFHS – Fall 2020 Guidance for Music Education (8/21/20)

NFHS Music Committee and SMAC – Guidance for a Return to High School Marching Band

NFHS – 7/31/2020. Aerosol Study FAQ’s Blog

Updated March 3, 2021 – School Reopening Guidelines and Resources (9/16/2020)

Phase 3 Guidance Shifts. Email from Dr. Cade Brumley to the LMEA Executive Board. (9/16/2020)

Strong Start 2020 Library. Includes many resources for the start of school.

School Reopening FAQ. Includes phase 1, 2, and 3 guidance for band and choir. (9/17/2020)

Louisiana Department of Education. Includes LDOE Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources

Louisiana Department of Education COVID-19 Resources. Includes webinars, waivers, and memos for early childhood and K-12 guidance documents.

K-12 Supportive Guidance for Summer 2020. (Updated 5/26/2020) The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), in consultation with the State of Louisiana Office of Public Health, has published their reopening guidelines, both required actions and non-binding guidance, for K-12 summer activities including summer camps, summer school, and extracurricular activities. (May 12, 2020)


Messages from Scotty Walker, LMEA President

LMEA Statement to Music EducatorsLMEA Statement to School LeadersLMEA Statement to Students and Parents

LMEA Position StatementLMEA Covid-19 ResponseLMEA Suggested Activities and Contingency Plans

Managing COVID-19 Protocols in Administering Percussion Performance Curriculum (Percussive Arts Society COVID-19 Task Force)

LHSAA – Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics

Wind Ensemble Infectious Disease Risks: A Microbiological Examination of Water Key Liquids in Brass Instruments

COVID-19 Instrument Cleaning Guidelines.  (NFHS, NAfME, NAMM)

Instrument Hygiene (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

COVID-19 Piano Care (Piano Technicians Guild)

Instrument Cleanliness (National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians)

Resources to Assist with COVID-19 – CMA Foundation has compiled an extensive collection of links to nonprofits, links to help teachers, links for students and parents


ABA COVID-19 Discussion Board (Requires setting up account)

ABA COVID-19 Student Safety and Music Program Continuation Ideas for Consideration

SAMPLE – Beginner Band Live Instrument Selection Option


High School Band Director’s National Association – contains link to A Blueprint For Viable Instrumental Music Instruction For Teachers, Directors, Administrators and School Systems

HSBDNA COVID-19 Task Forcecontain links to reports and research