Health and Safety

The Catholic University Departments of Music are required by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) to inform students, faculty and staff of health and safety issues associated with music practice, performance, listening, and teaching. The following information regarding the care of hearing, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention should be taken seriously by all music majors/minors and non-majors participating in the music program through applied lessons, classes, rehearsals, and performances.

All music students should listen carefully to teachers, coaches, master class presenters and guest lecturers about health and safety surrounding their music study and principal disciplines.  It is very important that students heed the advice given to them in order to better understand health and safety in daily practice, rehearsals, and performances.

The following links, categorized by area, provide information to help students, faculty and staff understand how to avoid serious injury through preventative measures:

Nutritional Health

Nutrition for Musicians

Nutrition: Eating and Singing

Protecting Hearing Health

What Musicians Need to Know About Hearing Protection

Hearing Health Foundation: 6 Hearing Protection Tips for Musicians

Complete Guide to Hearing Protection for Musicians

Music Making and Hearing Loss: Information for Musicians on Preventing or Managing Hearing Loss

US Department of Labor: Occupational Noise Exposure

Musculoskeletal Health and Injury

What Every Pianist Should Know About the Body

Playing Without Pain

What Every Singer Should Know About the Body

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body

A Painful Melody: Repetitive Strain Injury Among Musicians

Psychological Health

Mental Health Resources for Musicians

Reducing Music Performance Anxiety

National Institute of Health: Music Performance Anxiety in Classical Musicians

WebMD: Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety)

The Catholic University of America: Counseling Center

Equipment and Technology Health

Students working in the scene shop and costume shop receive training on safety.  Student recital workers receive training and orientation for safe set-up and stage management, and Box Office employees receive training on handling emergency and fire situations.

Additional Resources

Performing Arts Medicine Center

Texas Voice Center

NASM-PAMA Advisories on Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health

The Catholic University of America: Environmental Health and Safety

The Catholic University: Student Health Services

The Catholic University: Dean of Students Office

The Catholic University: Campus Ministry