Health Promotions in Schools of Music

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



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Music Education
Liaison Report


Published in Medical Problems of Performing Artists 21(3):142-144, Sept 2006.

Health Promotion in Schools of Music:
Initial Recommendations for Schools of Music

Kris S. Chesky, Ph.D.; William J. Dawson, M.D.; and Ralph Manchester, M.D.,
for the Health Promotion in Schools of Music Project

The Health Promotion in Schools of Music (HPSM) Project is a collaborative effort between the University of North Texas System and the Performing Arts Medical Association and includes professionals from both performing arts medicine and music. HPSM represents a unique set of partnerships of over 20 professional organizations.

Lists of participating individuals and organizations are posted on the HPSM website ( The website also contains background information, including videos of all HPSM conference sessions, along with summaries by various working groups.

Dr. Chesky is Cofounder and Director of Education and Research, Texas Center for Music and Medicine, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; Dr. Dawson is current President of the Performing Arts Medicine Association and is at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois; and Dr. Manchester is Editor of Medical Problems of Performing Artists and Director of the University Health Service, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York.

The ideas expressed in this document, and many others, were discussed and written about before, during, and following the HPSM conference in September/October 2004. This presentation is a continuation of these activities and does not represent a summary. The following recommendations were corroborated by the Board of Directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association in the fall of 2005 and then presented to and reviewed by the Executive Committee of the National Association of Schools of Music in fall of 2005 and again in the spring of 2006.

Address correspondence to: Dr. Kris Chesky at

The primary goal of the Health Promotion in Schools of Music (HPSM) Project is to assist schools of music to prevent occupational injuries associated with learning and performing music. With this goal in mind, a national conference was hosted in the fall of 2004 to connect health care experts with individuals and organizations involved in the education of musicians.