Health & Wellness: Best Practices

Health and Wellness In Our Classes
Update May 21, 2020: We will update these practices based on the health recommendations to prevent the spread of covid-19 that are in force when we return to live classes (masking, social distancing, and more, as indicated).
Hello Everybody!
In all of our live classes, we want to make sure that we are maintaining best practices to prevent the spread of germs. Here are examples of a few of our normal practices when we're holding live, in-person classes:
  • All instruments are sanitized between classes. Mouthed instruments and props are always disinfected between classes with a three step process: spray with a food surface safe sanitizing spray, wash with hot soapy water, and dry with a Norwex cloth.
  • Sanitizer is always available for families during class for use whenever needed.
  • Rooms are always sanitized. For example: markers, doorknobs, light switches, trash cans, etc.
CLICK HERE to check out our video, speaking to our practices!

Here's how you can help
Our teachers follow this practice; if you will, too, we can work together to keep our classrooms healthy.
  • Wash hands (adults and children) before/after class for at least 20 seconds. (Sing the Hello Song to all the members of your family - that'll be at least 20 seconds.) All of our class venues have washroom facilities.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm, elbow, or sleeve - not your hand. (Practice this with our chant, "I'm freezing, I'm freezing, I hope I don't start sneezing...Achoo! Achoo!")
And, most importantly:
  • If you or your child is not feeling well, has a fever, cough, sore throat, or runny nose (outside of teething and Ohio Valley allergies), please stay home and heal. 
  • If you or your child has had a fever, you must be fever-free for at least 72 hours (without assistance of pain meds) before returning to class.
We have a generous, unlimited makeup policy just for things like this!

Our first priority is to provide a safe, healthy, environment for you and your child to make music. So we're providing a new way to bring you music-making: online! We want to keep you and your family energized with musical activity within the happy familiarity of our Heartland musical community.

In the interim, please join our private Facebook group to keep up with Music Together® activities with all your favorite teachers while we are in this unusual time.  We are navigating all this with you, and look forward to seeing you remotely  - and will be so happy to see you when we're back to in-person classes! (Hopefully, by the Fall!)

To help safeguard our community when we're in live classes, we follow CDC Travel Guidelines and advisories from our local health officials. 

For families who plan to travel, we encourage you to be conscientious about the travel guidance being shared by the CDC. For information about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for travelers, visit 

Due to our responsibility to our entire community, should we go back to in person classes, we reserve the right to ask any family to refrain from class for a period of 14 days upon their return if the family has traveled outside of the area.

More information

If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to your teacher, or feel free to email me or our Administrator directly. Otherwise... Let's do our part to KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING! 

Katie O'Dea, Director
Heartland Music Together