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


 Chair: David Circle, Blue Valley School District; National President, MENC
Don Hodges, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Bob Lawrence, Dallas School of Music
Cliff Madsen, Florida State University

The focus of the Health Promotions for Schools of Music Conference was to bring attention to health risks to musicians; musicians who perform and musicians who teach.  The applications of the information, data, and insights presented during the HPSM conference for the musicians who teach, music educators, is applicable at all levels of our educational system, kindergarten through the university. 

This report is a summation of the applications of the wealth of information presented to music education and music educators.

Questions Considered

  • How does all the information we have received impact us as music educators?
  • What is the message that needs to be delivered to the thousands of teachers currently in classrooms across the country and how should that be accomplished?
  • How should college and university music majors be educated to enable them to recognize the warning signs of injuries, prevent injuries and apply appropriate remedies when injuries occur?
  • What is the balance that should be established between the two extremes of overreaction at one end and complacency and apathy at the other?

Impact of the HPSM Conference for Music Education

  • Music teachers and their students are susceptible to potential injuries about which they know very little and are therefore being ignored.
  • Music teachers and their students may be their own worst enemies regarding potential injury because of their dedication to music.
  • Health risks are real but can be avoided.
  • Injury can have devastating and often career ending results for teachers.
  • Injury can deprive students of a life of enjoyment and enrichment in music.
  • There is a growing body of information available regarding the health risks associated with participation in music from vastly diverse sources but improvement is needed in the collection, coordination and dissemination of this information.