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Is music education a COVID-19 risk? How the band is marching on at N.J. schools.

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In Emily Steeber Rossi’s music class, some students carry three kinds of masks — two for playing and one for breathing.

Before picking up his saxophone, eighth grader Nolan O’Keefe puts on a mask that has a hole in the mouth. He plays the instrument by pushing its mouthpiece through the slit. The end of the saxophone — the bell, where the air comes out — is also covered. After he’s done practicing, he slides on his regular mask, which covers his nose and mouth.

This is music education in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steeber Rossi, a music teacher at Monmouth Beach School, settled in for a small

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