Return to Music Phase III: Talking to Administrators

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How to Talk with School Administrators

As music education advocates, music teachers must work cooperatively with administrators who are constantly bombarded with problems and questions. It is important to offer plans and back them up with current information and up-to-date data so that it will be easier for school and district leaders, as well as school board members, to also become advocates for our programs and provide needed support.

The process should be a collaboration between teachers, administrators, and health department.

Bring Administrators Plans, Not Problems


Leveled Messaging

Elementary general music

Beginning Ensemble


Music Supervisors- School district music supervisors will need to be prepared to lead music programs out of the pandemic.  Be ready with the follow talking points/questions for the fall as you meet with your bosses and superintendents:

Will students be allowed to play and sing indoors?  Will masks and bell covers be required or not?

Will audiences be allowed at public performances?  Will YouTube Live or Facebook Live need to be the primary way to share students performances due to prohibitions of parents and others coming on campuses?

Performance should likely be deemphasized; consider Informances as a format for 2021–2022.

What safety protocols need to be in place for music learning throughout the fall?

Will teachers be allowed to meet face-to-face?  What, if any, meetings may be held via Zoom or other systems of communication?

How will your budget need to be adjusted to address additional costs for PPE and various expenditures necessary to bring back face-to-face music learning?


Example Letters/Emails

Example #1: Message to Lincoln, Nebraska Public School Band Directors from Lance Nielsen, Supervisor of Music

Example #2: Sample Letter from Bill Thomas, Shawnee Mission School District Performing Arts Coordinator (Kansas City, Kansas Metro area) to parents