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Time for students to return school instruments? Here's how to properly clean them

Brian Gosset, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

Published in Health & Fitness

"There's no explanation about the best way to clean each instrument." said Kris Chesky, professor in the College of Music at UNT and co-director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health. "Trumpets are the most complex to clean. String instruments are really quick."

The videos are an extension of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health's effort to teach educators how they can incorporate health and safety practices into their classes.

The project is partially funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding is a response to the new state mandates, which address the need for music teachers to be trained to teach children about hearing loss, musculoskeletal and vocal health, or hygiene.

"Recommendations for districts and teachers are also being provided to make sure they stay safe and as few adults as possible collect instruments, said Dr. Tracey Barnett, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor in public health at UNT. "Parents are being given instructions on wiping the case and placing the instrument in the trunk of the car when possible."

Teachers are encouraged to wear personal protective equipment, wipe the cases before placing the instruments in storage and leave them alone for a period.


"In addition to protecting school personnel when items are returned from homes, the guidelines helped guard against any potential community spread that could result from large numbers of parents and kids needing to come to the school," Barnett said.

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