Remedies For When You're Told "NO"

with Dr. Rob Lyda and Dr. Phil Wilson


Before the 2020-2021 school year began, many elementary music teachers were instructed not to sing due to the COVID-19 virus. Of course, this news sent shockwaves through-out the music community. Additionally, elementary music teachers were told a variety of “nos”. No shared instruments, no movement, no teaching in the music classroom, and the nos kept coming.

Some music teachers were even reduced to glorified teacher’s aides, and not allowed to teach music at all. What is elementary music if the students cannot fulfill traditional musicking roles? How can we fulfill our state and national standards without singing or playing instruments? How can we continue to advocate for music in elementary schools when we are not able to prove its worth? How will we SURVIVE?

After hours of researching, being absolutely exhausted, and putting forth our best creative minds, we have developed a few standards-based ideas that have worked in our classrooms and kept students safe during COVID-19. The ideas we will share are both low and high tech and can be accomplished in a variety of instructional situations. Join us as we explore teaching music during a world of COVID “Nos”.

You will be given access the workshop recording and downloadable materials from their presentation.

A certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


Rob Lyda, PhD 

Rob Lyda is the music teacher at Cary Woods Elementary in Auburn, AL. Throughout his career he has taught a variety of music courses for students in grades K-undergraduate. Dr. Lyda is the recipient of several awards including school and district Teacher of the Year, the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award, and was named the 2019 Lacey Powell Outstanding Music Educator by the Alabama Music Educators Association. In addition to his academic degrees Dr. Lyda has completed certification courses in Kodály, World Music Drumming, TI:ME, is an Orff-Schulwerk (Levels I-III & Masters) certified teacher. Dr. Lyda regularly presents sessions and research on technology integration, creativity, and general music education at state, regional, and national conferences. He holds memberships in the Alabama Music Educators Association (AMEA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA), Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE), Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. Currently, Dr. Lyda serves as the Chair of NAfME's Council for General Music Education, is a member of the advisory committee for Teaching Music Magazine, serves on NAfME's professional development committee, and is the Advocacy Chair and President-Elect of Alabama MEA.

Phil R. Wilson, PhD, NBCT 

Phil R. Wilson the music teacher at Ogletree Elementary School in Auburn, Alabama, where he has taught for the past 19 years. Prior to teaching in Auburn, Phil taught at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Georgia, where his duties included directing the chorus, assisting the band director, and directing literary activities.

Phil graduated from Troy (State) University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Music Education and went on to pursue his Masters of Music Education from Auburn University in 2007. In 2010, Phil became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood Music. Phil earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Auburn University in 2020. Phil is the 2010-2011 Alabama State Teacher of the Year.

Phil is a member of NAfME: The National Association for Music Education, the Alabama Music Education Association where he serves as past-president of the Elementary Division, the Alabama Education Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Professional Music Fraternity of America. For five years, Phil served on the board of the Alabama National Board Certified Teachers Network.

Remedies For When You're Told 'NO'

Strategies for Standards-Based Teaching During COVID-19


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All registrants will receive access to the recording of the workshop along with downloadable materials.

Certificate of completion can be provided to participants who request one for professional development hours.


"Lots of great ideas here! Thank you so much for sharing!"

Johanna G.
Music Educator

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