Unprecedented International Coalition led by Performing Arts Organizations
to Commission COVID-19 Study
By Chairs, Mark Spede (CBDNA) and James Weaver (NFHS)
November 08, 2021


Information & Interpretations


2022-23 Music Classifications
6A-32, 5A-32, 4A-56, 3A-64, 2A-64, 1A-105

[Music Classifications]

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FAQ (8-14-2020)

NFHS Aerosol Disbursement Study FAQ’s Blog (click on link): Aerosol Study FAQ’s Blog
This is a great resource to read each day as many questions are being asked and answered. If you do not see the answer to your question as you read through the list of FAQ’s, there is a link to type your specific question.

NFHS Aerosol Study Preliminary One Page Summary (7-23-20)

The NFHS and NAfME have collaborated to provide, "2020 Guidance for Music Education." This document provides practical guidance for PreK-12 schools as administrators and music educators seek to provide meaningful music instruction for students of all ages and grade levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK

KSHSAA Guidelines for Summer Marching Band Rehearsals (June 8, 2020)
Endorsed by Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) and Kansas Bandmasters Association (KBA)

COVID 19 Update *
Non-Athletic Activities: Marching Bands and Spirit (Cheer and Dance) Squads
Beginning June 1, 2020 through the Summer
Marching Bands and Spirit Squads must adhere to all State, County and local USD requirements for social distancing and group sizes when it comes to rehearsals and practices in the summer. These groups may meet for a maximum of 3 hours per day during the first week back in the summer and 5 hours per day during the second week. But these maximum time frames are for all physical activities in one 24 hour period.
For example, during the first week, a student may not participate in conditioning for an hour, weight training for an hour and spirit squad practice for three hours. In this example, the student would be limited to one hour of spirit squad practice, as two hours were committed to other activities.
During these first two weeks of rehearsals and practices you may practice normal maneuvers and skills appropriate for these two physical activities while adhering to social distancing expectations and group size restrictions.

Note: Indoor (sit down) marching band music rehearsals may be held up and above the 3 to 5 hour maximums in the first two week period. These maximum hours of participation are for the physical activity of marching bands.

2021-22 Section 8, Accompanists
Sec. 8. Accompanists—Piano accompanists are important to the musical performance; however, adjudicators have been directed to use discretion in ratings when accompanists do not measure up to the soloist or ensemble. The soloist or ensemble is the primary focus of criticism and rating in any performance. An accompanist is required for all solos or ensembles published with accompaniment at regional and state solo and small ensemble festivals.

Piano accompanists need not be students, but we have many talented student pianists in Kansas. We encourage directors to utilize student accompanists when available and appropriate.

  • All accompaniments must be performed as written in order to receive a "I" rating.
  • In string or percussion ensembles, the pianist is a member of the ensemble and will be rated and critiqued accordingly. The pianist must be an eligible student.
  • Piano and other instrumental accompanists for groups may be eligible students or adult musicians of the director's choice. Instrumental accompaniment shall not be considered part of the ensemble and should not influence the judging of the choral performance.
  • Piano accompanists may serve, whether connected with the school or not. Each school must have a sufficient number of accompanists so that events will not be delayed. The same accompanist may not be used at two different music festival sites on the same day. In order to support our festival host site managers with entry scheduling, it is strongly recommended accompanists limit their events to less than 12. No accompanist may play for more than 22 events. There is no charge for piano or non-piano accompanists of vocal or instrumental entries.
  • Intelligent accompaniments (e.g., SmartMusic) will be allowed for solo performances only when a qualified accompanist is not available. Schools shall bring their own equipment to be used at the festivals, and the scheduled performance time limit must include setting up and taking down equipment. The intelligent accompaniment unit must be set on the interactive mode for all performances and the intelligent accompaniment must follow the performer. It must be used as piano accompaniment only and is not to be used in orchestral or any other accompaniment modes. Non-interactive accompaniment recording, such as CD or MIDI, etc., will not be allowed. Intelligent accompaniments should only be utilized as a last option when a qualified accompanist is not available. KMEA and their affiliate organizations will assist directors by offering clinic sessions on intelligent accompaniments at their in-service workshop and summer conventions.
  • If the piano or non-piano accompanist(s) of a First Division rated solist or ensemble desires a medal, it may be purchased from teh KSHSAA at $2.25 each.
  • (Additional) Paid Instructors – Any coach and/or sponsor that works with students should be paid by a school district and/or school supplemental with a signed school contract. These payments must be made from a school activities or USD supplemental fund account. Booster Clubs should never directly pay coaches and/or sponsors for these duties. Booster Clubs may contribute money to a school activity fund which then makes the direct payment to the coach/sponsor. KSHSAA Handbook Rule 10 – Qualifications of Coaches, Directors and Rule 20 – Awards are to safeguard students, directors and schools and should help schools with compliance of IRS school regulations.


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