our health and safety policy
The Division of Music is committed to maintaining the general health and safety of its students, faculty and staff. Guarding against injury and illness as well as raising awareness with accurate and specific information for music students and faculty is essential for a healthy, music-making community. In addition to general health and safety promotion, the Division of Music has also developed specific strategies for promoting the musculoskeletal, aural and vocal health of the music community. Information about these areas of health will be provided each academic year to the students and faculty in the Division of Music, both in written form and in lecture/presentations.
The music student’s private instructor is considered a valuable resource for health and safety issues specific to the playing of specific instruments. Music faculty in the classroom, rehearsal hall, and private studio are charged with monitoring the aural, vocal, and musculoskeletal health of their students, especially in terms of over-use or abuse of the ears, voice or specific muscle groups. Instruction and resources will be made available to faculty who seek additional information regarding healthy performing practices. Music faculty will recommend licensed medical professionals for situations that demand resources beyond general musician’s health information.
The primary factor in staying safe and healthy is YOU and the personal decisions you make.
You are personally responsible for avoiding risk and preventing injury to yourself during study in the York College Division of Music.
The following resources will provide, you, the active musician, with basic information about various areas of health and will include strategies and recommendations for maintaining optimal conditions in the practice room, rehearsal hall, and on stage.
Vocal Health and Musculoskeletal Health
Articles and Websites
- Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: http://american-hearing.org/disorders/noise-induced-hearing-loss/
- A Painful Melody: Repetitive Strain Injury Among Musicians, by Tamara Mitchell: http://www.working-well.org/articles/pdf/Musicians.pdf
- Repetitive Stress and Strain Injuries: Preventative Exercises for the Musician, by Gail A. Shafer: http://www.musicianshealth.com/ (site is temporarily broken).