Conductor Awareness of, Knowledge of, and Attitude Toward Sound Intensity Levels Generated During Ensemble-based Instructional Activities in College-level Schools of Music Page: 2
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Albin, Aaron J., Conductor awareness of, knowledge of, and attitude toward
sound intensity levels generated during ensemble-based instructional activities in
collegqe-level schools of music. Doctor of Musical Arts (Performance), August 2012, 91
pp., 16 illustrations, bibliography, 63 titles.
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 (e.g. sound level meter, noise dosimeter, hearing protection
devices) relating to sound measurement and exposure.
Findings indicate 80.2% of conductors (N = 162, 66% 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/refer to students, 93% are never using a noise
dosimeter, 40% have never had an audiology exam, and 70% have never used hearing
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Albin, Aaron J. Conductor Awareness of, Knowledge of, and Attitude Toward Sound Intensity Levels Generated During Ensemble-based Instructional Activities in College-level Schools of Music, dissertation, August 2012; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc149559/m1/2/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .