Friday, October 14, 2011

Ergonomics - Making it work

Ergonomics is described by Caulton and Dickson (2007) as a process that looks to “constantly make slight invisible adjustments to an activity to adapt to the needs of those taking part and ensure that it continues to work for its intended purpose”(p.unknown). This basically means that ergonomics are the things that 'make it work', the small things that ensure the ability to be able to begin and continue with an activity are modified and maintained.

The choir is  divided into four vocally associated groups both in rehearsal and performance. These teams must work together logistically to learn their different parts of the same songs to achieve the desired outcome. The first team is the sopranos, who are situated in the front row and sing the highest vocal notes. Second in position and voice requirements are the altos, they are situated in the second row and often sing the melody. Behind them are the tenors who stand in the back row, these vocalists sing the lower mid range notes. Finally the bass who stand in the back row with the tenors and sing the lowest vocal chords. By standing in these groups singers are able to hear the other members in their sections which aids them in singing the right part on-que and in-tune. During the once a week practice, the different groups often practice in different rooms as to focus wholly on their required pieces. Each of the practice rooms are equipped with all the tools and items we require to effectively practice. We also have matching uniforms for performances. All the points mentioned in this blog such as; where we stand, how we practice, what parts are sung, along with how we dress are all ergonomic concerns. 

Caulton, R. & Dickson, R.  (2007).  What’s going on? Finding an explanation for what we do.  In J. Creek & A. Lawson-Porter (Eds.),Contemporary issues in occupational therapy (pp. 87-114).  Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  1. Erin I enjoyed reading about your choir and the links to ergonomics. You could also make links to any adjustments in the activity to adapt to the needs of your choir which would link nicely to ergonomics :)

  2. Hi Erin
    I think you have done well in discussing how the physical environment or how the choir is arranged and its impact on the outcome, making it all work together. I found for looking at ergonomics it quite helpful to use a POE perspective you might. find the same for examining ergonomic aspects of how the person and activity and environment fit together.

  3. Hey Erin,
    it is very interesting to see the choir that we are both apart of broken down into different sections. Makes it sound so much more complex than it seems, but if I think about it I can see exactly what you mean and how it all works that way. Well done!!