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Music teacher sings in protest of ban on brass and woodwinds

School management guides on the use of choirs, woodwinds, and brass instruments in the four semester states are not permitted by the school unless required for critical evaluation.

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“This is based on greater evidence of the use of woodwinds and the potential spread of aerosols and droplets from singing and voice projections,” the guidelines say.

Ms. Morrison is also chairman of the board of directors of Australian bands and orchestras and has urged the Victoria State Government to approve safe music education methods at COVID, as it happened in Queensland and New South Wales.

Separately, the Independent School Music Directors Association claimed in a letter to the premiere that no outbreaks of COVID-19 infection had been reported in Australian music classes.

“As educators, we agree that student mental health and well-being are paramount, and we know that participation in music provides a place of connection and security for many students,” the association said. A letter from Chairman Elizabeth Farman said.

“The directive to return to school in the fourth semester will damage and have long-term consequences for the school’s music programs over the years to come, and will also short-term the hiring of many music educators. It has a positive and long-term impact. “

Hugh McKelby teaches music at multiple schools in Melbourne and Ballarat, and said his casual shifts were reduced in the fourth semester at local non-public schools.

Victoria is one step ahead of the roadmap for reopening, but this directive applies outside of Metropolitan Melbourne.

After months of remote music classes, McKelby said the children were beginning to lose motivation, and he wanted to rekindle their interests face-to-face.

Instead, when his class met this week, he relied on asking them to imitate the finger positions and slide movements of brass instruments without holding the instrument.

“Today I had a brass section for a 7th year band and had them all play the air trumpet and air trombone,” he said.

“They really didn’t want to get involved in it.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services has updated advice to allow local schools in Victoria to offer individualized lessons or take classes for up to 10 people outdoors physically separated. Said that. They said a solution for the metropolitan school was being sought.

With Emma Amberi

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Adam Carey is an educational editor. He joined The Age in 2007 and has previously worked in state politics, transportation, general news, arts and food.

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