Panama Buena Vista adding virtual music classes, district creating calendar for when pandemic ends

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 12:10:16-04

As we prepare to send our kids back to this virtual classroom one of the biggest question marks has been extracurricular activities like music. And officials in one district 23ABC spoke to say students will continue to perform on some type of platform.

Right now. it's unclear when you might finally get to see a live musical performance "in person." But officials with the Panama Buena Vista Union School District said they're putting together a normal calendar of events throughout the coming year just in case.

Stephen Miniard is the administrator of visual and performing arts in the district. He said there was never a moment that the district or community decided to shut it down. And that has required Miniard's staff to, as he says, "up their game."

The district is considering two learning platforms: Smart Music and Music First.

And then there are the performances. The district is known for several different concerts like the Music Makers, the Preview of Bands, and appearances at Disneyland. Not to mention The Strolling Strings, which has been going on for 20 years.

Miniard says the governor's mandate is a little vague on those, but he said they won't push forward with a full live performance until they get the OK. And while the band rooms are a little lonely right now students will still be making music somewhere.

Miniard said they do not plan on starting 5th graders right away. No word on when that will happen. But returning musicians in the jr. high classes will collect their instruments at the start of school in a drive up operation similar to the one that wrapped up the end of last year.