Mercy College Rocks Safely To celebrate the 83rd Better Speech and Hearing Month (BHSM), Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., hosted its first “Safe Sounds: A Concert of Ambient Music” on May 17. The concert was produced by eight undergraduate students in Mercy’s Music Industry Technology program as part of their capstone assignment. ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   May 01, 2010
Mercy College Rocks Safely
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ASHA News   |   May 01, 2010
Mercy College Rocks Safely
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 27. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.15062010.27
The ASHA Leader, May 2010, Vol. 15, 27. doi:10.1044/leader.AN4.15062010.27

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To celebrate the 83rd Better Speech and Hearing Month (BHSM), Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., hosted its first “Safe Sounds: A Concert of Ambient Music” on May 17.
The concert was produced by eight undergraduate students in Mercy’s Music Industry Technology program as part of their capstone assignment. The music was played at 85 dB, which is the safe range for music appreciation.
“The [music] students were very much on board and this was strictly voluntary,” said Gloria Schlisselberg, professor of communication disorders and clinic director for Mercy’s School of Health and Natural Sciences. “These students know all about Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend, who are deaf from years of loud music. They thought it was a good message to send that music doesn’t have to be loud to be appreciated.”
The idea for the concert germinated last year when Schlisselberg noticed other programs in the communication sciences and disorders field supporting BHSM efforts and wanted to join in. She also was approached by the dean of the college, who had just attended the succesful 2009 ASHA-sponsored “Listen to Your Buds” concert in Washington, D.C.
Schlisselberg collaborated with Stephen Ward, an assistant professor of music technology at Mercy; students in Ward’s music technology class needed a venue to showcase their capstone projects. The two came up with the idea of hosting their own safe hearing concert, an event that met both of their goals.
“Any time you can give a student an authentic pass to do something positive, it’s well worth it,” Ward said. “My students are all looking to get into the music industry and we talk about safe listening all the time. They know it’s important.”
The free concert was attended by Mercy students, faculty, and staff.
For more information about Bettter Hearing and Speech Month, visit ASHA’s BHSM Web site.
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