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Sing yourself better: the health and well-being benefits of singing in a choir

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dc.contributor.author Moss, Hilary
dc.contributor.author O'Donoghue, Jessica Margaret
dc.contributor.author Lynch, Julie
dc.date.accessioned 2017-11-01T12:00:41Z
dc.date.available 2017-11-01T12:00:41Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6217
dc.description non-peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract .A growing interest in the impact of singing on health and well-being has seen a dramatic increase in the number of research projects in this area in recent years. A growing body of evidence attests to the various health benefits of singing, however to date these studies have been small in size and representative of specific clinical populations. This research explored the health and well-being benefits associated with choir singing from the perspective of the choristers themselves. It is the largest international study to date and the first study to report the health benefits of singing for Irish adults. Key findings  Irish singers reported an overwhelmingly positive response in terms of physical and physiological benefits, social benefits, psychological/emotional benefits and spiritual benefits.  Participants spanned a wide range of ages, from 18 – 90, which suggests that people of all ages find singing to be a beneficial activity for their health and well-being. This highlights the potential for choirs to improve well-being in a myriad of settings, including but not limited to nursing homes, workplaces and educational institutions.  Participants also cited a variety of choral experience, ranging from singing in a choir for all their adult life to singing with a choir for only one year. Irrespective of length of experience, responses remained overwhelmingly positive.  Gender differences were observed in responses. Reports of physical benefits, social benefits and emotional benefits were significantly higher for female participants than for male participants.  The ratio of female to male respondents was approximately 5:1, highlighting on a largescale international study the gender imbalance that is often cited in choral settings, as well as many other performing arts activities.  Professional singers scored more highly across all domains than their amateur counterparts, with the difference being statistically significant within the physical, social and spiritual categories. This finding was not anticipated, as it was expected that amateur singers may report more social benefits than professionals as they pursue singing as a leisure activity or a social gathering as opposed to work.  The key benefits of singing in a choir were increased social connection; improved respiratory health; cognitive stimulation; improved mental health and transcendence from everyday worries and pain en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Irish Wolrld Academy of Music and Dance en_US
dc.subject singing en_US
dc.subject health en_US
dc.subject choir en_US
dc.subject well-being en_US
dc.title Sing yourself better: the health and well-being benefits of singing in a choir en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/report en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-10-31T17:55:38Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2727679
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status non-peer-reviewed


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