Performance-related injuries and musicians
The Department of Music wants students and instructors to understand important issues and habits that affect their health as musicians. Below is a brief introduction to these topics. Additional materials are referenced and linked as well.
Singers should learn and use healthy vocal technique, and avoid overuse and misuse of their vocal mechanisms. An otolaryngologist or speech therapist can assist singers experiencing concerns.
Exposure to high sound volumes from instruments, audio systems or headphones beyond recommended levels and durations can cause permanent injury to a person’s hearing. Musicians should be aware of which situations may involve this danger, should use hearing protection as needed and should consult a hearing expert if they have a concern.
Misuse or overuse of muscles and the skeletal system can cause injury that inhibits a person’s ability to continue their musical activity, or can cause significant harm. Musicians should learn about healthy physical habits to avoid injury, and to recover from any injury incurred. Study of disciplines such as the Alexander Technique or Body Mapping can be helpful, and consultation with a physician is necessary in some cases.
Ashland University provides confidential counseling services to students. Contact Oscar McKnight Ph.D., PCC-S, LSW, NCC, DCC (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kerri Carmichael MA, PC, DCC (email@example.com), visit the Counseling Center, located on the second floor of the Student Center or call 419.289.5307 to schedule an appointment.