Sing, play and perform to your heart’s content. Keep spreading the joy by keeping yourself safe and healthy.

two tuba player stand up in a sports stadium and playHealth is tantamount to success. We make sure that everyone is equipped with the resources necessary to remain safe and sound.

There are many health-related issues that plague musicians. Laryngitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and even psychological issues can prevent artists from reaching their full potential.

That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive resource list that our students can use to ensure they’re always at their best. Whether you’re looking for online information, experts or published books to help keep you healthy as you perform, this file is the place to start.

For more information or extra tips on how to stay safe and healthy as a student musician, contact the Department of Music.

Resources for Vocalists

Advice for Care of the Voice
Caring for Your Voice
Guide to Vocal Health
Health Habits for Singers from the Army Field Band
Helpful Hints for the Care of the Voice from the Texas Voice Center
Information from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Survival tips for singers
Take a PowerPoint Quiz About Vocal Health from UTSA
Tips for maintaining your vocal health
Tips to use when you’re practicing
The Art of Singing
Vocal Health Tips from an Otolaryngologist
Vocal Health Tips from the Voice Council
Voice Care Information

Injury Prevention for Instrumentalists

Books:
The Musician’s Survival Manual (International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians) by Richard N. Norris

Websites:
Caution!…Injuries Ahead. How to Play Healthy!
Injury prevention for instrumental musicians Google search results
Injury Prevention
Massage for Musicians: Linking Injuries to Instruments (PDF)
Musician Wellness and Injury Prevention: Healthy Practice and Performance Measure for the Percussionist
Musicians and Injuries
Noise-induced Hearing Loss
Performance Injuries
Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)
Playing (Less ) Hurt: An Injury Prevention Guide of Musicians
The Alexander Technique: A Study of Overuse Injuries in Instrumental Musicians
The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance and Wellness
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body

The Alexander Technique

Books:
The Use of the Self, F .M. Alexander
The Alexander Technique, Wilfred Barlow
Freedom to Change, Frank Pierce Jones
Body Learning, Michael Gelb
Thinking Aloud, Walter Carrington
How to Learn the Alexander Technique, Barbara and William Conable
What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body, Barbara Conable
The Alexander Technique: The Essential Writings of F.M. Alexander, ed. Edward Maise

Websites:
The Complete Guide to the Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique International

Hearing Loss and Hearing Loss Prevention

Healthy Hearing Articles
Hearing Loss Prevention Tips
Preventing Noise-related Hearing Loss
What is Deafness? What is Hearing Loss?
What is Noise-induced Hearing Loss?

Performance Anxiety

Music Performance Anxiety: New Insights from Young Musicians (PDF)
Performance Anxiety: A Way to Deal with It that Works! (PDF)
Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety
Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety)

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