Music Education Liaison
PreConference Report 1
Preconference Report 2
VOCAL HEALTH REPORT
Chair: Elaine Bernstorf (Coordinator), Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Peggy Bennett, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
John Flohr, Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX
Rhonda Fuelberth, University of Nebraska, NE
Jody Kerchner, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Gwen McGraw, California State University, Sacramento, CA
John Nix, National Center for Voice and Speech, Denver, CO
Leon Thurman, Fairview-University Medical Center, The VoiceCare Network, Minneapolis, MN
Valerie Trollinger, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Members of the Vocal Health Subcommittee have corresponded on a variety of topics via email. Based on that email discussion, the following report is submitted. In addition, the committee recommends consideration of the report submitted by Judy Palac from the Neuromuscoskeletal group which supports many points delineated in the cyber-discussion of the entire music education group. It is important to note that there is considerable agreement/overlap among the four subgroups. It is prudent to collaborate among the subgroups and prioritize global issues if our goal is to meet the total health needs of musicians. When musicians experience health concerns, clinical evaluations are designed to consider all factors which may inter-relate in ascertaining treatment protocols. Therefore, coordination among all subgroups is highly desirable in presenting a focused platform of reform for our training institutions and accrediting agencies.
A significant quantity of information submitted by the sub-panel members has been classified and summarized in this report. The panel is to be commended for the level of expertise and passion that has surfaced during this time of communication in preparation for the conference. It would be most beneficial and enjoyable if all members could have been present at the meeting but it is noted that the contributions of all have been noteworthy and the discussion has demonstrated that the following are important topics for the profession.