Welcome to UNT Texas Center for Performing Arts Health

The Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, formerly known as the Texas Center for Music & Medicine, is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the UNT College of Music and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine together with School of Public Health, the College of Engineering, and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Faculty across the UNT Denton and UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth campuses work together to study, treat, and prevent various occupational health problems associated with learning and performing music and other performing arts. Through these committed collaborations, students can enroll in specialized courses, select an optional related field of study in music medicine, participate in ongoing research and outreach initiatives, and pursue their own research projects.

The TCPAH provides specialized clinical resources to both students and non-students. Clinical services for voice, musculoskeletal, auditory, and mental health concerns are available through the Music Medicine Student Clinic, the Performing Arts Medicine Clinic at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the UNT Counseling and Testing Center, and the UNT Speech and Hearing Center.

 


 

Recent News

Dr. Stephen F. Austin, Professor of Voice and collaborator with the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, has recently released Provenance: Historic Voice Pedagogy Viewed through a Contemporary Lens. This book is an anthology of articles originally written for the Journal of Singing over the course of eleven years. Provenance connects historic vocal pedagogical writings with the wisdom of today, often using facsimile and translation of original sources to remind singers and voice teachers alike of the wealth of knowledge already in existence. Dr. Austin’s background in voice science leads to enlightening commentary, expanding our understanding of the ‘Old Masters’ such as Manuel Garcia, Lamperti, Bassini, Stockhausen and others. Dr. Scott McCoy of Ohio State University praises the new volume, saying, “Each new generation of singing teachers seems to think it must ‘reinvent the wheel’: Austin clearly proves that there is an alternate, more effective path to vocal excellence.” Provenance is published by Inside View Press, and may be purchased at www.insideviewpress.com . Stay tuned for information regarding a second volume of work designed as a companion book, in which Dr. Austin uses his clear, distinct approach to teaching voice in a step-by-step historically based vocal method.

 

By Jan Jarvis – Tightness in her hip flexors made leaps excruciating for Hannah Requa, a professional dancer who spends much of her day on her toes.

She was hardly a stranger to pain. Over her career she has endured a torn Achilles tendon, a pulled hamstring and bursitis. Like most dancers, she pirouettes through the pain.
two feet pointed in a ballerina pirouette, the left is in a slipper the right has several bandaids

“I wake up every morning and wonder if the pain is going to affect my performance, or worse, is it going to affect the length of my career,” she said. “But pain is just part of the world I live in, and each injury becomes part of my journey.”

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On September 30, 2016, the UNT Health Science Center hosted a symposium with various guests and presentation topics. Videos from this symposium are now available for streaming.

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• Learn about health problems associated with learning and performing music
• Improve your understanding of the need for health education in music education
• Gain practical insights on meeting TEKS requirements during the 2016-2017 school year

For more information go to: www.unthsc.edu/healthinmusiceducation/