This update is a coordinated effort by Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) and Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) to share timely news items that are relevant to both memberships while at the same time helping to limit the number of individual emails sent from each organization.

International Performing Arts Aerosol Study Now Published - Video Released

The International Performing Arts Aerosol Study is now published (as of late last week), and here are links to all new items connected to that research:
New Video Released August 27, 2021

A new video was recently released with Dr. James Weaver (NFHS), Dr. Mark Spede (CBDNA/Clemson) and Bob Morrison (Arts Ed New Jersey) having an in-depth conversation on mitigations and recommendations for various music, speech, debate and theatre activities.

When watching the video, viewers can move their cursor over the timeline at the bottom of the video when running to see the timestamp for each section and what is in that section:

Welcome - 0:00
Differences in State & Local Health Recommendations - 0:41
Mitigation Strategies & Risk Assessment - 2:51
Aerosol Particles (Distribution/Size) - 6:30
Speech & Debate - 9:47
Theatre - 11:55
Elementary Music (Singing & Recorders) - 15:15
Music (Vocal and Instrumental) - 19:47
Air Change Rate - 25:40
Shields & Partitions - 29:28
Next Steps - 30:39

WSMA Program Updates

2022 High School State Honors Audition Requirements Posted
The audition requirements for 2022 WSMA High School State Honors are now posted online. Sample recordings of instrumental etudes are also posted to assist students with their preparation. Audition registration opens November 1 with auditions scheduled on February 5 and 12.

Student Composition Project
Rap/Hip-Hop is a new category this year for the WSMA Student Composition Project! Encourage your students in grades 4-12 to begin working on their compositions. Submissions are due by January 28. Additional student and teacher resources are posted online.

Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a non-profit service organization with member public and private schools. Students from member schools are eligible to participate in WSMA programs, such as District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships and Student Composition Project. WSMA also owns and operates the Wisconsin Center for Music Education.

Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) is a membership association of music educators committed to providing quality music experiences for their students. Each year WMEA presents the Wisconsin State Music Conference (in collaboration with WSMA), leads advocacy for music education in Wisconsin, and offers professional development opportunities to support members. WMEA is the state affiliate of National Association for Music Education (NAfME).