BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Under new Covid-19 guidance, Massachusetts education officials are allowing singing in schools again -- and local music teachers are welcoming the news.
After a year of holding school music programs through remote or virtual settings -- Dedham Music Teacher Sara Santos said her third grade students have been "very joyful" to be able to sing in-person again.
"I said [to them:] 'you're finally able to sing' and they were like 'we can sing! we can sing happy birthday, we can sing karaoke' and the songs that we're singing in music class," Santos said. "Number one the joy is back there."
Despite the revised guidelines, students will still be required to wear masks and socially distance from each other.
"There's been lots of approaches that we've been trying to create that joy, but that moment of singing, it's just so singular," Santos said. "That moment that is expressed from yourself, like you provide this music-making from your own heart."
Santos added that not being able to attend concerts and musical shows has been a hole in everyone's lives -- and singing and music-related activities can help prepare children for life.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports.