** As of the beginning of school (AUGUST 24 2020), Bayfield Music classes in both Band and Choir will not be rehearsing as normal with voice or wind instruments. We will be teaching using recordings, videos, and information about history, theory, academics of music, and music appreciation. We will still do physical activities and rehearse movement outside for marching experience, but we are unable to play indoors at this time. This situation will evolve with our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
RETURN TO PLAY DETAILS
The second quarter starts TUESDAY OCTOBER 20, 2020, bringing our “Reopening 3.0” plan. All students will return to school together. In addition, we have (after 220 days) been approved to return to play!
BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 20!
Our guidelines for safer instruction of music at school using wind instruments and singing have been adopted. The entire plan is three pages long, but there are ten things you need to know (thank you Lin-Manuel Miranda!):
1. Enhanced distancing: 15 feet is required for wind musicians (instruments and vocalists).
- Masks: more important than ever. Lower masks ONLY while playing. Singers must remain masked!
- Instrument Covers: Woodwind instruments require cloth cover to block aerosols, brass will cover their bell.
- Indoor Rehearsals: There are limitations on number of students who can play wind/sing based on room size.
- Certain days will have specific wind musicians participating.
- This may be woodwind/brass, upper/lower classmen, male/female, A-L/M-Z or other creative splits.
- Non-playing members will be actively engaged in the rehearsal and learning process.
- Outdoor rehearsals: Weather permitting, have no limit to numbers playing.
- Location: Band can play in the Auditorium and Choir can sing in the Choir or Band room based on numbers.
- Indoor rehearsal times: must be limited to 30 minutes (class periods are 50).
- Equipment: Students will not share music, stands, or equipment. Percussion will sterilize equipment.
- Sanitation and hygiene. Keep your hands, face, and especially instrument very clean.
- Performances: Live audiences not approved (yet.) We will perform through streaming or other means.
There are other details, but these are the most important things to remember. Our plan is based on Colorado Department of Education (CDE) guidelines, as well as information available from the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Mr. Hanhardt and I have worked closely to refine our strategies to allow us to play and sing while maintaining as safe an environment as possible. He has been an ally, but there are some things he has told me he cannot compromise due to rules he must follow. Please remember, this is still a global pandemic emergency, and everything at every level and school program is being done with an abundance of caution!
IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT BHS HAS TO GO ON QUARANTINE:
The quarantine period is likely to last for two weeks. DISTANCE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE DURING ANY QUARANTINE. Please plan for instruments to come home every single day, in case we suddenly cannot return to school the next day! BAND AND CHOIR DISTANCE LEARNING WILL REQUIRE PLAYING OR SINGING AT HOME, and you will NOT have the opportunity to return to school to retrieve an instrument! The school will be completely off limits to students and staff.
It has been a long time since we’ve made music. I am excited to return to play! I hope you are as well. Rehearsals are back; hopefully performances are next! So, Mark your calendar (tentatively, pending approval and COVID conditions) for a virtual performance on Thursday, December 10th 2020.
Always Happy, Never Satisfied,
Derek C. Smith
When they do happen again, this calendar will also list BHS Sports and some other school events. For now, there are not These are not necessarily performing events, but they are there to help us schedule effectively around all of your busy lives!