Musicians should take care in their daily activities to protect themselves and preserve their health. The A-State Department of Music advises all musicians to exercise caution, consult with your teacher if you have questions, and most certainly consult your physician for any health issues. Your career could be at stake if problems persist and are not addressed appropriately.
Fall 2021 COVID Guidelines
Inside Activities for ALL Musicians
-Masks and bell covers are required except where 12 feet of distancing is possible (per university policy)
-In performance situations, masks and bell covers are recommended
-In all cases, university policy applies
Practice Room Guidelines
-One person per room at all times.
-Masks and bell covers recommended
-Wipe piano keys before and after you play with sanitizing wipes
-Wipe music stands and other surfaces with sanitizing wipes
-Empty instrument condensation on disposable pad/towel and take with you
Please take some time to read the following draft publication from the National Association of Schools of Music regarding musician health. This is specially written to address student questions and concerns.
Vocalists should understand the anatomy of the voice and avoid using the voice in ways that could endanger their health. Mr. Matthew Carey, Assistant Professor of Voice, is a Speech Pathologist and should be able to help you with any concerns. Vocalists should also consult:
Faculty should be familiar with and consult the following document from NASM:
Slides from Mr. Carey's presentation:
Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health
Information regarding Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: