Health Promotions in Schools of Music

2004 Conference | Sponsors | University of North Texas | Performing Arts Medical Association

Music Education Liaison

Hearing Health

Vocal Health
PreConference Report 1
Preconference Report 2
Postconference Report


Mental Health
Teacher Stresses



Messages to be Taken from the HPSM Conference

  • Teachers currently in classrooms across the country need to be educated about prevention and remedies that can be taken regarding injury to themselves and their students.  This education and training can be accomplished through staff development, in-services at the local school district level, and through workshops and educational sessions at state, division and national conferences and conventions.
  • Teacher training curricula in universities and colleges needs to include information about health risks, prevention and remedies.
  • School principals and boards of education need to be educated about health risks to their music teachers and how they, the administrators, can contribute to prevention of injuries.  Some of the factors that contribute to teacher injury over which administrators have control are teaching schedules, work loads, facilities in which music instruction occurs, etc.
  • The message to teachers, music majors, school principals and boards of education must be balanced between the benefits and risks of music teaching and participation.
  • The human body is a delicate integrated whole.  As in all areas of human existence excesses can be, and often are, harmful, even in music.
  • Human beings differ in their resistance to and susceptibility to injury.  Teachers must be aware of and alert to their own unique susceptibilities to injury as well as those of their students’ in the four areas that were addressed during this conference, voice, hearing, neuromusculoskeletal, and mental.
  • Technological advances have significantly improved the diagnostic accuracy of potentially harmful environments and the availability and access to informational resources.  More use should be made of these technologies.

What Should be Done IF NOT US, WHO? IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

  • Research related to:
    • causes of injuries
    • prevention of injuries
    • remedies for injuries
  • Dissemination of the research results through:
    • professional publications
      • music and music education related as well as medical and administrators’ associations
    • teacher training curricula in colleges and universities
      • both undergraduate and graduate
    • publications targeting students and parents
      • pamphlets, brochures, small booklets
    • publications targeting school administrators and boards of education
      • articles should address health risks, acoustic standards for music rooms, teaching schedules, music facilities, etc.
    • convention programs and workshops
    • websites
    • data bases for resources and information widely accessible to music educators
  • Creation of materials for Staff Development and In-servicing of teachers currently in the field:
    • Voice
      • what are the risks to the voice
      • what to do to avoid injury to the voice
      • prevention resources
      • remedy resources
    • Hearing
      • what are the risks to hearing
      • what to do to avoid hearing injury
      • prevention resources
      • remedy resources
    • Neuromusculoskeletal
  • what are the risks to the neuromusculoskeletal systems
  • what to do to avoid neuromusculoskeletal injury
  • prevention resources
  • remedy resources
    • Mental
      • risks
      • what to do to avoid problems
      • prevention resources
      • remedy resources