Safety in the Classroom
In order to avoid potential hazards inherent in music programs, music teachers must develop student attitudes that support safe practices in the classroom. The following recommendations for teachers suggest ways to keep a classroom environment safe and healthy:
- Plan and carry out regular inspections of equipment, risers, platforms, and choral shells to prevent accidents. Specific hazards to watch for include:
- lights that are not working or dark areas
- frayed or loose electrical cords
- open traps, unusable platforms, or step units
- disorderly work areas, storage areas, stage areas, or dressing rooms
- flashlights that are not working.
- Ensure that students do not share mouthpieces or reeds without adequate sterilization.