Hearing protection in professional orchestras
Professional orchestral musicians are exposed in their profession to sound levels that are potentially damaging to hearing. This has been known for some time and is well documented. However, despite scientific progress, the development of hearing protection practice in Switzerland is stagnating: While hearing protection is standard in other professions, it is not yet sufficiently established in orchestras.
Singing as we age
Although the singing voice changes with age, older choir members are highly motivated to sing in the choir. How important is choral singing for the older generation? What role does social cohesion play in this?
Hearing protection for the public
How can we counteract hearing damage caused by excessively loud music? Collaboration with the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), funded by the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH (Bundesamt für Gesundheit, BAG).
Contrary to widespread belief, dynamic differences can be played on the harpsichord by means of special touch technique. However, the perception of these volume variations depends on one's expectations of the harpsichord.
A violin is replaced by a flute in the middle of the sonata, and the vast majority of the listeners do not notice. What do we miss when we are distracted? And what role does our musical expertise play in this?
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