Expand Your Influence: Enhance Health And Performance In Music Students

Empowering Musicians: Teaching, Transforming, Living

By Randall W. Dick, MS, FACSM

MTNA is an active member of the AATA initiative, and its members have a unique opportunity to influence the development and longevity of musicians and their art for generations to come. Contrary to most sport athletes, musicians (both amateur and professional) and teachers have careers that extend many decades.

One of the early successes of Athletes and the Arts, particularly the Performing Arts Medicine Association organization, was working with the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) to create a standard around health and safety in 2012. The standard, which applies to almost 650 schools of music within the United States, reads, in part:

It is the obligation of the institution that all students in music programs be fully apprised of health and safety issues, hazards, and procedures inherent in practice, performance, teaching and listening.

Music program policies, protocols, and operations must reflect attention to injury prevention and to the relationship among musicians health.

Read the full article about enhancing health and performance in music students:
Empowering Musicians: Teaching, Transforming, Living – by Randall W. Dick, October 2015 MTNA newsletter

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