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How performing arts will adapt when school returns

Posted at 11:20 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 23:24:42-04

(LEX 18) — In this time of uncertainty, many things are changing to adapt to COVID-19. Next school year is going to look very different and how schools handle practices and performances for the musical arts will also have to be different.

"Music is important for the lives of kids, for a number of reasons, intellectually, socially and emotionally," Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Educators Association John Stroube said.

One of the biggest obstacles to overcome is wearing masks while performing. The guidelines say masks will be worn by all students and staff who enter the performing arts room until everyone is seated.

While playing an instrument, a mask with a small slit for a mouthpiece should be worn. However, if that isn't possible through the mask, students should wear a mask around their chin and lift it up during periods where the student is not playing.

If marching bands are able to return they suggest that instrument covers made of highly dense nylon material will provide further barriers from aerosols, and always if possible students should practice outside in groups smaller than 50.