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Department of MusicMusicians' Health & Wellness

Musicians' Health and Wellness is a growing concern at music departments and schools nationwide. At the ODU Department of Music, specific efforts are underway to inform students, faculty and staff of the issues that exist when listening to music and/or participating in musical rehearsal and performance.

The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the accrediting body for music departments, schools and colleges in the United States, is focused on the same efforts. NASM has provided detailed information on the following health and wellness topics, listed below. Select the links for additional information:

Noise-Induced and Music-Induced Hearing Loss

Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health (Information coming soon from NASM)

  • Vocal Health information for music students
  • Neuromusculoskeletal Health information for music students
  • Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health Information for faculty and staff

The application of this information is vital for a lifetime of healthy musicianship.

Check this area often for initiatives and announcements concerning muscians' health and wellness at ODU.

Coming fall 2014: Free Hearing Screening Event, a partnership with the Little Creek and Oceanview Lions Clubs and the ODU Department of Music, Wednesday, September 10, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM, location TBA. All musicians should have a regular hearing screening in order to be informed about their hearing health. This is your chance to do so free of charge, here on campus. The location of this free event will be announced on this page; check back often.

New Course in the spring semester, 2015: Through a partnership with Sentara Music and Medicine Center and interdisciplinary cooperation with several ODU departments, the Musicians' Health: Music and Medicine 3-credit course will be available. The course will feature discussion on the above topics and more. The course will be taught by Dr. Owens and Dr. Kosnik with several guest lectures by the Sentara Music and Medicine Center staff and ODU faculty.