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In a time when individual expression is being touted as a way to help students deal with their topsy-turvy pandemic experiences, one main remedy — music education — is being quieted.

Enhanced precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 limit a group’s ability to perform together, encourage some to play outside even in the cold, and require coverings over musicians’ faces and instruments. 

Music educators, creative by nature, have bent over backwards to reinvent music education that both complies with health and safety protocols and meets the needs of students who crave a creative outlet.

While a lot of attention has been paid to how to safely reinstate school sports, music educators feel left behind with minimal and outdated state guidance.

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Billy Ray Poli conducts a choral rehearsal/performance by Burlington High School students on the western steps of City Hall on Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo: JOEL BANNER