Sing Yourself Better: The Health and Well-being benefits of singing in a choir


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Lynch J, Moss H, O’Donoghue JM

Year of Publication:
2017

Publisher(s):
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

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.

An online questionnaire including demographic information, 28 quantitative statements
and two qualitative questions relating to the perceived health benefits of singing in a choir
was distributed via email and social media over a period of four months to a sample of 1779
choristers.

Six themes were identified from the analysis of the 2359 qualitative comments. The key benefits of singing in a choir were increased connection; improved respiratory health; cognitive stimulation; improved mental health; enjoyment and transcendence. Results in this study are consistent with other international studies in this area. The potential health and well-being benefits of singing in a choir are significant and are worthy of further investigation.



Evidence Type: Survey

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Moss, H., O’Donoghue, J.M., Lynch, J. (2017). Sing Yourself Better: The Health and Well-being benefits of singing in a choir. Limerick: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.