Band and choir

Restrictions on choirs and the use of wind instruments means that key decisions need to be made around including musical performances at ceremonies or events.

Department advice

From August 17 2020 schools are not permitted to run group activities such as choirs, chanting or use of wind instruments.

The latest advice, which may have changed, can be found on the department website on the Term 3 learning guidelines for school staff page.

Measures to adopt that will maintain a healthy working and learning environment can be found on the Infection Control - Practical Guide for Creative Arts factsheet.

Suggestions from external sources

The Band Association of NSW website has some general recommendations issued by the COVID-19 Response Team at the NSW Health Ministers office.

An opinion blog post written by an Australian music teacher contains a discussion of the difficulties associated with producing a virtual choir or orchestra video like those seen online.

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