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Please read the most recent communication from our COVID-19 Response team HERE

Preliminary Results are now available from the Singing in Canadian Schools: COVID19 Impact Survey (2021)

1. In-person Group Singing... An Irreplaceable Experience!
2. Let's All Sing... and Sing Safely!
3. Let's Return Music to Designated Music Spaces.
4. Music and Singing in our Schools... Music and Singing in our Lives!
5. Music and Singing: A Pandemic Lifeline.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL SAFE SINGING AND PLAYING IN ONTARIO MUSIC PROGRAMS DOCUMENT DEVELOPED BY THE OMEA – JUNE 2021

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL COVID-19 MUSIC EDUCATION FRAMEWORK DOCUMENT DEVELOPED BY THE OMEA V.4

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OMEA Covid-19 Updates:

OMEA’S ACTIVITIES DURING COVID-19 DOCUMENT (MAY 30, 2020)

OMEA PRESIDENT VIDEO MESSAGE (May 22, 2020)

Educational Resources for Families and Educators:

Parent Support – Elementary Classrooms

Parent Support – Secondary Classrooms

Literature and Research for Music Teachers related to COVID-19:

An Initial Guide To Leveraging The Power Of Social Emotional Learning, Casel, accessed June 3, 2020,
<https://education.musicforall.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/05/CASEL_Leveraging-SEL-asYou-Prepare-to-Reopen-and-Renew.pdf>

Army Band COVID-19 Risk Mitigation for Large Groups.” West Point Music Research Center, https://www.westpointband.com/westpointmusicresearchcenter/army-band-covid-19-risk-mitigation-for-largegroups.html. Accessed 6/4/2020

Arts Education is Essential, NAfME, accessed June 5, 2020, <https://nafme.org/wp-content/files/2020/05/Arts_Education_Is_Essential-unified-statement.pdf>

Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings, Public Health Ontario, accessed June 3, 2020, <https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-environmental-cleaning.pdf?la=en>

Coalition for Music Education 2020, accessed June 3, 2020, <https://coalitioncanada.ca/en/getinvolved/>

Covid-19 Response Committee Report, American Choral Directors Association, https://acda.org/wpcontent/uploads/2020/06/ACDA-COVID-19-Committee-Report.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1h31_rFEk2nVRIpbJVm4DH963LLbkhY0NzkMJegQRePzQeC-uCxRv0iVM, accessed 6/15/2020.

COVID-19 – GOOD PRACTICE GUIDE – for music stores / violin-making, accessed 6/13/2020
workshops https://www.csfi-musique.fr/les-publications-de-la-csfi/guide-des-bonnes-pratiques-covid-19

EPA document, <https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19>

Farrington, C. A., Maurer, J., McBride, M. R. A., Nagaoka, J., Puller, J. S., Shewfelt, S., Weiss, E.M., & Wright, L.
(2019). Arts education and social-emotional learning outcomes among K–12 students: Developing a theory
of action. Chicago, IL: Ingenuity and the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research.

Gerdy, John, “The Power of Music in a Stressful Pandemic”, April 12, 2020, Lancaster Online. <https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/the-power-of-music-in-a-stressful-pandemic-column/article_034cc37a-7aa7-11ea-af23 6b7600f1035d.html>

Government of Canada, COVID-19 guidance for schools Kindergarten to Grade 12 <https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/health-professionals/guidanceschools-childcare-programs.html?fbclid=IwAR3euErXZesJlFl0k0Ya9fljJ0IUpY7ENVq5ijqE0mgYkudZ_AI5dNlr6zY>

Guide to Reopening Ontarios Schools <https://www.ontario.ca/page/guide-reopening-ontarios-schools> https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-covid-19-sag-singing-risk-transmissionrapid-review.pdf
https://www.chorusamerica.org/sites/default/files/resources/COVIDRehearsalGuide_Seelig_Final.pdf
https://www.choiralberta.ca/online-tools-and-resources.html

Instrument Cleaning Guidelines, NFHS, accessed June 3, 2020, <https://www.nfhs.org/articles/covid-19-instrument-cleaning-guidelines/>

Keeping Your Instruments Clean, West Music. August, 10, 2020. https://content.westmusic.com/keepingyour-instruments-clean/

Making Music Together Considerations for a Safe Return to the Instrumental Music Classroom, accessed June
5, 2020 <https://docs.google.com/document/d/17-A2k939uZerksc9V2sOLx2ne7ZNE8SEHJKVj1izv64/>

Mlynczak, John, (2018). Arts Education is Essential. Noteflight, LLC.

Music Education and Social Emotional Learning, NAfME, accessed June 3, 2020, <https://nafme.org/wpcontent/files/2020/05/NAfME-SEL-Brochure-April-2020.pdf>

Ontario Band Association Return to Band Document <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OiiIrVkbInohSA6ckI98YfG2SC1ZJXvK/view>

Ontario Public Health Guidelines <https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-environmental-cleaning.pdf?la=en> accessed August 7, 2020

Product Disinfection Guide Produced by Yamaha <https://www.yamaha.com/yamahavgn/Documents/disinfection/DisinfectionGuide-Winds-Strings.pdf_ga=2.207997585.2068700657.15953425381794339041.1595342538&fbclid=IwAR2tGQ61o1zP7TusyUadzGRbEleBUFvH9FQJPmV0_bXKaZedpdw4xDbc74>

Recommendations for School Reopening Sick Kids <https://www.sickkids.ca/PDFs/AboutSickKids/81407-COVID19-Recommendations-for-School-Reopening-SickKids.pdf>

Resuming Classroom Instruction During Covid-19 by American String Teachers Association <https://www.astastrings.org/Web/Resources/Returning_to_School_During_COVID-19.aspx> accessed August 7, 2020

Sanitizing your Stringed Instrument, Amro Music, accessed June 3, 2020, <https://www.amromusic.com/amro-blog/posts/how-to-sanitize-your-string-instrument>

Taylor, Katie, “Why we need to Arts Now, More Than Ever” March 27, 2020, The Globe and Mail <https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-why-we-need-the-arts-now-more-than-ever/>

“UK Association for Music Education – Music Unlocked” https://www.musicmark.org.uk. Accessed June
5, 2020

The University of Colorado International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study (round 2) <https://www.nfhs.org/media/4030003/aerosol-study-prelim-results-round-2-final.pdf?fbclid=IwAR33FRPS3lG_uaBA2SMTbqugrwFlPrJZXIkDCe8-HGlpNbIftYoUEyYb7MA> Accessed 8/7/2020

“Unprecedented International Coalition led by Performing Arts Organizations to Commission COVID-19
Study.” The National Federation of State High School Associations, https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/. Accessed 5/27/2020

“Vienna Philharmonic says no increased virus risk for orchestras.” Medical Xpress, https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-05-viennaphilharmonic-virus-orchestras.html. Accessed 4/28/2020