COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

To help during this unprecedented time, the Nova Scotia Band Association will access the best research-based ideas as we plan  ahead for this fall and winter.  What is certain is that we will have to be patient, creative and show perseverance when we return to teaching and directing.

The NSBA is actively engaged in researching and planning protocols for a safe return to ensemble playing and will be in communication with the Department of Health and Wellness/Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Our goal is to prepare for the day when we can fully participate in ensemble music-making again.

NSBA Guidance August 2020
Guidance for Community Bands and Honour Ensembles

NSBA Guidance Document Clarification

The NSBA guidance document is intended to inform community band leaders and members in their preparations for a return to music making this fall. This is a living document that will change to reflect the most current research available. An updated version of the NSBA Guidance for Community Bands is included in this email. P

Public school teachers should refer to the Nova Scotia Department of Education Music Guidance document for public school music classroom protocols.

Please note – the use of slit masks in Nova Scotia Public Schools is currently not permitted by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. The DOE document can be found at the following address:


Nova Scotia Band Association President Steven Hartlen joins Mainstreet to talk about school bands and music classes and what will happen to them in the upcoming school year.

Preliminary Recommendations from International Performing Arts Aerosol Study Based on Initial Testing Results

International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study
James Weaver (NFHS) and Mark Spede (CBDNA), Chairs
Shelly Miller, University of Colorado Boulder and Jelena Srebric, University of Maryland, Lead Scientists

2nd Round of Preliminary Results and Recommendations
Aerosol Study FAQ’s Blog
Instrument Cleaning Guidelines
by NFHS, NAfME and the NAMM Foundation                       April 24, 2020
Disinfection Guide for Winds & Strings 
Information from the Nova Scotia Government

MUSIC EDUCATION P-12, Preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.


Daily COVID checklist




Coalition for Music Education
Coalition for Music Education
Advocacy Letter to Ministers of Education in Canada
July 21, 2020
Trunk Kit
Help Hints for Teachers

Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island