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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)

Musicians Exposure to Loud Music

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

The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique

Teaching the Art of Movement in Music (Recommended Reading)

Dalcroze Society of America


Dr. Paul Etter
Chair, Department of Music
Phone: (704) 406-3992
E-mail: petter@gardner-webb.edu