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Health and Safety Statement

The Bethel College Music Department takes an active role in the education of student musicians concerning health issues associated with musical practice and performance. The department also strives to make practice spaces a safe environment for the students and teachers. We wish to thank Evangel University for the information on their website.

Diagnosis and Treatment for Musician Specific Injuries

Each year, the department meets with all music students, regardless of major, to discuss best practices for safety. Information shared includes the dissemination of resources dealing with the diagnosis and treatment for specific injuries and problems associated with musicians. Each faculty member is directly involved in this process. If you believe that you are developing a performance injury, you are encouraged to contact your studio instructor or ensemble director as soon as possible.

The campus Wellness Center provides assessments and referrals for ill and injured students and promotes wellness and prevention of illness. The Wellness Center is open weekdays during the academic year except for holidays. All registered students are eligible for these services. Information is made available to the students via Walk-ins are welcome or you may schedule an appointment at 574-807-7370.

There is a special emphasis given to music students regarding the protection of their hearing. The NASM document, “Protecting Your Hearing Every Day,” is made available to all students, through hard copies in the Department of Music office and on the Department of Music website. Additionally, special precautions are taken with ensembles and classes that are inherently loud and can lead to hearing damage. These include the distribution of ear-plugs and when possible, the use of rehearsal venues that allow the sound to “escape.”

On-line Resources

Castonguay, David Otis. Maintaining Vocal Health. 2005.

For Pianists: Wristen, Brenda, et al. Wellness Curriculum Outline. Extensive resources from the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy.

Jones-Bey, Ali. Hands On: How to Avoid and Treat Guitar-Related Hand Injuries. An in-depth exploration on risks, prevention, problems, and treatments of guitar injuries. Includes resources for further reading.

Lieberman, Julie Lyonn. The Importance of Setup. Strings Magazine. May/June 2000. This article, specific to violinists and violists, discusses the importance of a well-fitted chin and shoulder rest for comfortable playing.

McComb, Ron. Colorado Brass and Woodwinds: Musician Health Exercises. A compilation of links for brass, woodwind, and guitar players; includes both musician health topics and exercises.

Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA) Medical problems in Performing Artists. Official journal of the Performing Arts Medical Association (PAMA). Current issues and archives available online and in the Collins Memorial Library.

Safety and Health in Arts Production and Entertainment (SHAPE). Musicians and MSI: Symptoms and Types of Injuries. Abrief outline of injuries common to different instrumentalists; includes tables to evaluate the severity of your pain. Available outline in pdf format.

Voice Care Team. The Voice Problem Website. 2004. An in-depth, medical resource on voice problems, (not specific to singers); overviews of voice disorders and anatomy and physiology of voice production.