College of Music Program Book 2011-2012: Student Performances, Volume 3 Page: 16
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UNIVERSITY OF NOIUH TEXXAS'
COLLEGE OF MUSIC
A Doctoral Lecture
AARON ALBIN, orchestral conducting
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:30 am M322
CONDUCTOR AWARENESS OF, KNOWLEDGE OF, AND
ATTITUDE TOWARD SOUND INTENSITY LEVELS
GENERATED DURING ENSEMBLE-BASED
INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN COLLEGE-LEVEL
SCHOOLS OF MUSIC
In 2011, the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) took an official
position to recognize the importance of hearing health and injury prevention as a standard for
all member-accredited institutions. This is the largest national acknowledgement promoting
hearing health and safety within the music discipline and among students seeking a music
degree in the United States. The purpose of the study is to describe what conductors (i.e.
instructors) of college-based ensembles know about hearing health and the generation of
sound intensity levels. The study aimed to describe the 1) current state of conductors'
awareness and knowledge of sound intensity levels, 2) current attitudes of conductors toward
learning and sharing knowledge of sound intensity levels, and 3) current teaching practices
of conductors in regard to equipment usage (i.e. sound level meter, noise dosimeter, hearing
protection devices) relating to sound measurement and exposure.
Findings indicate 80.2% of conductors (N=162, 66% are employed by NASM-
accredited institutions) agree that sounds generated during ensemble-based instructional
activities (EBIAs) in college-level schools of music are capable of harming human hearing,
but 24.1% "do not know" if EBIAs they conduct ever exceed sound intensity levels capable
of harming human hearing, 54.9% do not know "what services or resources" their home
institutions offer to students, 93% are never using a noise dosimeter, 40% have never had an
audiology exam, and 70% have never used hearing protection during an EBIA. Conductors
have a strong openness to change current teaching practices and inform themselves about
hearing health, but few are personally informing and educating their students during the EBIA.
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