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Kris Chesky

Performing Arts Health

Peabody Conservatory, Peabody Institute
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine

Chesky is a leading researcher of performing arts health who investigates issues at the intersection of music and health, advocating for health policy and safety standards for music students and performing artists, as well as increased specialized training for music educators to integrate research and clinical care for performing artists into education.

Chesky’s groundbreaking research and advocacy have led to unprecedented health and safety accreditation standards for all schools of music accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, as well as mandates for all public school band, choir, and orchestra teachers across the state of Texas to meet learning objectives regarding physical, auditory, and vocal health. He has co-authored crucial advisory materials to assist schools with implementation of these standards. Chesky’s work has also resulted in the development of specialized equipment to mitigate the occupational risks of making music. Chesky’s research areas of interest include epidemiologic studies of musician populations, biomechanics of musical performance, hearing conservation, earplug evaluation and testing, noise measurement and analysis, mental health issues in music, music therapy, ergonomics, and health education policy in the performing arts.

Chesky joined Johns Hopkins University as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in 2023 from the University of North Texas.

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