Performances (Return to Music Resources)

By Dr. James Weaver and Team on March 18, 2021 Print

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What Does the Performance Year Look Like?

State Association Sponsored Schedules 

Every state association will approach state-sanctioned festival assessments differently, and it is important to carefully follow state association leadership to find out their current plans. Because information can be fluid during these unprecedented and unpredictable times, state associations need to do their best to communicate early and often with teachers. If state association leadership deem in-person festivals to be appropriate, given current circumstances, attention should be paid to ensure all national, state, and local health guidelines are followed. Appropriate accommodations may also be made to keep an in-person event and also abide safety standards.  If a virtual festival model is employed, efforts to communicate effectively should be taken. Efforts should also be taken to replicate the sharing aspect of an in-person festival, by sharing videos of other schools’ performances, etc.

Teacher Preparation for State Association and MEA Music Events Post-Pandemic (with Craig Manteuffel and Dr. John Taylor, Kansas)

State Prescribed Music Lists

Investigate changes made in state required literature lists to see if there are any Covid-clause rules allowing to perform/compete at a level lower than previously required.

Regional Festival Schedules

Regional events can provide students and their teachers with unique opportunities to share their hard work and experience the hard work of students and teachers from other schools. Attention should be paid to current local circumstances and whether an in-person event would be appropriate given national, state, and local health restrictions. Appropriate accommodations may also be made to keep an in-person event and also abide safety standards. If a virtual festival model is employed, efforts to communicate effectively should be taken. Efforts should also be taken to replicate the sharing aspect of an in-person festival, by sharing videos of other schools’ performances, etc.

College and University On-Campus Visit Performances

There is great value in visiting college or university campuses to work with clinicians and experience unique performance venues. As safety restrictions lessen and more in-person events are more generally permissible, teachers should make efforts to resume these types of “normal” activities. Working with the university, teachers and clinicians can make arrangements to ensure health and safety standards are adhered to.

In-School Performances

Audiences Allowed: If local safety guidelines allow for live attendance at events, teachers should encourage audience attendance at their performances. The inclusion of the audience in the performance experience, enhances the experience for students and increases the connection to the greater community. All efforts to keep audiences safe should be employed. Considerations should be taken for offering outdoor performances as an alternative to indoor performances. Streaming: Teachers may consider continuing the practice of streaming concerts even after social distancing standards are loosened.

Streaming: Teachers may consider continuing the practice of streaming concerts even after social distancing standards are loosened. Streaming concerts will allow for more audience members--especially those who are immunocompromised. It will be important to continue to observe correct copyright practices for any streamed content.

Curricular Travel Opportunities

Curricular travel has been a cornerstone of music programs for many years. Not only are they a great recruitment tool, they give students opportunities to expand their knowledge and broaden their worldview.

When the proper safety standards can be met, teachers should explore travel as a way to augment student learning.

It may be appropriate for teachers to begin by travelling short distances, or where overnight stays aren’t necessary. Further distances and overnight stays could be introduced over a number of years.

It is important that teachers advocate for travel opportunities for the students. Student travel presents many extra challenges to teachers and administrators. As conditions improve, and teachers begin to plan student travel once again, administrators may see an opportunity to discontinue the practice all together.

Appropriate measures should also be taken to ensure proper health and safety standards are met if travelling by motorcoach, as the enclosed space over many days can become a hotspot for contamination.

Community Requested Performances

Teachers should seek out and accept offers to perform in the community not only as a way of providing a service to the community, but also to bring much needed attention to their programs.

As conditions continue to improve, we predict there will be a massive, pent up desire for gatherings, concerts, and this presents a unique opportunity for music ensembles to provide entertainment for gatherings--church groups, business parties, community celebrations, etc.

Teachers will need to use good judgment in following state and local health guidance as well as administrative guidance, to ensure the safety of students and audience.

Together As One - Free & Exclusive Music Program (Find Out More)

“Together as One – One Nation” was designed in response to our extraordinary circumstances and as an opportunity for collaborative performance between any music program – from marching to concert bands – cheer teams, dance teams, sports teams, and entire communities. This fully arranged, designed, and choreographed performance is available for FREE to any school and director seeking performance music through June 2022, and wanting the opportunity to involve other school or community groups into a larger production.