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Musculoskeletal Health and Injury Prevention:
Links to articles including the following: Muscular Problems, Repetitive Injuries, Weight Training for the Musician, Back Pain, Stress in Piano Playing Link to Recommended Books (vocal and instrumental) http://www.musicianshealth.com/musculoskeletaldisorders.htm
Performing Arts Medicine Association
Web links, Patient Referrals, Related PAMA Websites, Bibliography on health problems of instrumental and vocal musicians, dancers and actors. www.artsmed.org/
Body Mapping (Andover Educators): Links to extensive list of online Articles, Recommended Reading, and Related Links (primarily Alexander Technique) http://bodymap.org/main/
Athletes and the Arts: Auditory and Oral Health, Health Care, Injury Risk, Treatment, and Prevention, Mental Health, Practice and Performance, Wellness and Exercise http://athletesandthearts.com/
Musician’s Way: Guide to Practice, Performance and Wellness (online companion to book): Links to articles on injury prevention for instrumentalists, voice care, locating and arts medicine specialist, general health and wellness, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, References, Hearing Protection http://www.musiciansway.com/wellness.shtml
An extensive Bibliography of books, articles, videos, and web resources has been compiled on the topics of Health, Wellness, Injury Prevention, Treatment, and Prevention available to all music students and faculty.
Safety: Equipment Use, Handling, and Operations Guidelines
The music faculty have identified two main areas of concern regarding equipment use, handling, and operations (piano and percussion instruments) and have developed the following guidelines that will be included on the department website, the student handbook, and posted on the departmental, classroom/rehearsal room, and percussion studio bulletin boards:
All piano moves must be approved by and coordinated through Mick Johnson, Staff Piano Technician. Johnsonmj1@unk.edu, 308-865-8119 For the safety of both personnel and the instrument, the following guidelines should be Followed by anyone participating in a piano move:
Make sure protective cover is on the piano.
A minimum of 2 people for a vertical piano move, 3 for a grand.
Move the piano SLOWLY.
Check the path for any obstructions (i.e. door handles, door thresholds, uneven floor, cracks etc.).
Vertical pianos are to be moved lengthwise for stability. Keep the piano perpendicular to any uneven surfaces or inclines.
When going over bumps, lift slightly to ease the strain on casters and piano legs.
For grand pianos, once positioned, engage the locking casters (if applicable).
Any student who will move any percussion instrument at UNK is given coaching and demonstration on how to safely and properly handle each task. Although every percussion instrument needs to be treated with care, the larger and/or bulkier instruments have specific guidelines. These include timpani, mallet keyboard instruments, marching drums and stadium hardware, concert bass drums, and cymbals. The guidelines for each are below:
When moving timpani, first make sure all wheel locks are released. Grab the drum only near the top of any two support struts; in no case is it proper to grab the drum by the counterhoop! Tilt the drum so that only wheels are touching the floor, and either pullor push-roll the drum on even surfaces. These drums are top-heavy, so care must be taken to counteract the force of inertia while in motion. If the drum must be taken up or down stairs or risers, do not try to pick up the drum by yourself, as the shape of the drum inhibits basic proper lifting style. Lock at least two wheel locks when playing the instrument.
Only carry cymbals with both hands, or by one hand using the attached leather strap. Place hands through the strap for marching band to reduce risk of lost grip.
Mallet keyboard instruments
When moving any wheeled mallet keyboard instrument, first make sure all wheel locks are released. Only grab the instrument by its structural components on either end of the instrument; never grab by the keys, resonators, or rails! Carefully roll the instrument on flat surfaces. If the instrument must be taken up or down stairs or risers, make sure to use basic proper lifting style. Use at least two people to move each instrument, with the exception of the glockenspiel. Lock at least two wheel locks when playing the instrument. Extra care must be taken when moving the chimes, as its top-heavy shape and extra weight necessitate specific hand placement: one hand must grab the bottom structural support crossbeam, and the other hand must be placed above halfway up the instrument and only on the structural support to counter the high center of gravity. Never touch the bars with bare hands!
Concert bass drums
When moving large drums on stands, first make sure all wheel locks are released. Roll the instrument carefully on flat surfaces. If the instrument must be taken up or down stairs or risers, make sure to use two people and a basic proper lifting style. Lift the drum by its stand, or by its shell; do not grab the counterhoops. Lock at least two wheel locks when playing the instrument.
Marching drums and stadium hardware
Snares, tenors, bass drums: always grab the drum with both hands when moving to/from a stand or harness. Lift only using basic proper lifting style. Stadium hardware: when adjusting the hardware, be very careful to keep all body parts away from the adjustment channels, as there is significant pinching risk. Do not over-tighten wingnuts after adjusting. Make sure that each drum is not in danger of falling over while on stadium hardware. Adjust each harness to each individual person and drum.