Health and Safety for Musicians
Health and safety depend in large part on the personal decisions of informed individuals. Institutions have health and safety responsibilities, but fulfillment of these responsibilities cannot and will not ensure any specific individual's health and safety. Every music student, faculty and staff member should become familiar with the documents on Maintenance of Hearing Health and Vocal and Musculoskeletal Health and Injury Prevention linked below, providing basic information regarding the maintenance of hearing health, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention.
Maintenance of Hearing Health
- Protect Your Hearing Every Day: Information and Recommendations for Student Musicians (NASM)
- Basic Information on Hearing Health: Information and Recommendations for Faculty and Staff in Schools of Music (NASM)
- National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS)
- Occupational Noise Exposure (OSHA)
- "Music Induced Hearing Loss and Hearing Protection," by John F. King
Vocal and Musculoskeletal Health
- Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)
- "Athletes and the Arts: Educating Today's Musicians to Keep Them Healthy and Active"
- "A Painful Melody: Repetitive Strain Injury Among Musicians" by Tamara Mitchell
- "Repetitive Stress and Strain Injuries: Preventive Exercises for the Musician," by Gail A. Shafer-Crane
- "Understanding Repetitive Stress Injuries for Musicians," by Donn LeVie, Jr.
- Repetitive stress and strain injuries: preventive exercises for the musician (NIH)
- The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
- Teaching the Art of Movement in Music (Recommended Reading)
- Dalcroze Society of America