Harmony in the community: Group perspectives on the health benefits of singing

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Riley, Kristy-Lee and Gridley, Heather (2010) Harmony in the community: Group perspectives on the health benefits of singing. UNESCO Observatory E-Journal Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts , 2 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1835-2776


Singing has been linked to a wide variety of individual level health benefits, but less is known about the possible community level benefits. This study was designed to provide a better understanding of both individual and community health benefits of group singing as well as the challenges that community singing groups face. The aim was to expand on previous studies by exploring the perspectives of particular demographic groups such as those with disabilities. Focus groups were conducted with 44 participants of five different Victorian singing groups: a Sing Australia choir, a community singing group, a multicultural choir, a singing group for women with disabilities and a men’s singing group. The findings suggested themes that centred around physical health, wellbeing, social, and community benefits and challenges. Participants also reported high levels of engagement in community activities. The findings have implications for singing groups and community arts policy initiatives.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7092
Official URL http://www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/unesco/ejournal/vol-...
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9501 Arts and Leisure
Keywords ResPubID21278, ResPubID21298. singing groups, choirs, physical health, mental health, social capital, inclusion
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