Back to School: Guidance for School Leaders & Music Educators

Going back to in-person learning and restarting (or rebuilding) your music program has its own set of challenges. As your school’s leader, administrator, or music educator, be informed about national, state, and local guidance for opening a safe and healthy music classroom. We are collecting the newest resources from experts in the field to help your school plan and implement procedures for the 2021-22 school year.

✓ Check out the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of July 27, 2021.

✓ We have put together the best resources from leading advocates and scientists to help you keep instruments clean and you and your students in the classroom safe and healthy. Read our What’s New in Instrument Hygiene & Ensemble Procedures for more information.

✓ Are you looking for resources on funding for the music classroom? Do you want to become a champion advocate for music education in your community? Check out our page Music Education Advocacy: Get Started and Make an Action Plan.

If your school is engaged in distance learning, please see our resource for Remote Classroom Tools that includes online learning tips and at-home paper packet ideas.

✓ Share the great news about your music program and the amazing work of your students by posting on social media! Get all the tips and tricks in our guide for music teachers and school administrators: Best Practices for Social Media

September Forward 2021

This website provides practical guidance for K-12 schools as administrators and arts educators seek to provide meaningful arts instruction for students as communities emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Return to Music

The Return to Music Project from NFHS provides resources for music educators as we advocate for music programs and plan for the upcoming school year. Find the latest guidance, Phase III, here.

ArtsEd Leader's Guide

Use this guide to create an ArtsEd Action Plan and engage families in school and community decision-making such as improvements to programs, practices and policies.

American Rescue Plan

Your school can use its allocated funds from this federal bill for music education! Learn more about how you can advocate for funding to be used for your music program.

Post-Pandemic Planning Guide

Come back strong in Fall 2021 with MusicEdNow’s multi-session planning guide. The focus: reboot and reinvigorate your recruitment and retention efforts to get everyone excited about making music.

Best Practices Clearinghouse

The Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse provides resources for educators and families to work together to reopen schools for in-person learning.

If you have any tips or advice that have worked for you as a music educator, teaching artist, or school leader, please let us know at [email protected].