What do you need to know?
- Teachers of music are often exposed to high levels of noise at work
- Teachers of music have a responsibility to make noise awareness part of a complete musical education
- Students are not covered by the regulations, but they are protected by other legislation
- Choice of location needs to be suitable for the instrument or music being played
- Length of exposure is as important as noise level
Factors that contribute permanant hearing damage include:
Instruments and players: Some instruments – particularly brass, percussion or when amplified -can cause high sound levels when played in a small teaching room or in inappropriate venues.
Teaching rooms and performance venues: – A small room for tuition will place the teacher close to the output from the instrument. The louder the instrument, the larger the room required. Rooms with poor acoustics may increase the risk of hearing damage in the teacher and the pupil.
Repertoire: Selection of loud music and making as much noise as possible is common in music teaching, particularly with the very young. Back-to-back lessons of this kind can be damaging for the teacher.
Length of exposure: Teachers can be exposed to high sound levels over a long period during a working week from individual and classroom teaching as well as ensemble events and their own practice and performance. Added to this can be any other sources of noise exposure.
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