What do Singers Say About the Effects of Choral Singing on Physical Health? - Findings from a Survey of Choristers in Australia, England and Germany

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dc.contributor.author Clift, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Hancox, Grenville
dc.contributor.author Morrison, Ian
dc.contributor.author Hess, Bärbel
dc.contributor.author Kreutz, Gunter
dc.contributor.author Stewart, Don
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-03T06:22:05Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-03T06:22:05Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/20854
dc.description.abstract This paper presents evidence on choral singers’ perceptions of the physical health benefits of choral singing. It is based on a thematic analysis of answers given to a single open question included in a questionnaire survey of over 1,000 choral singers in Australia, England and Germany: ‘What effects, if any, does singing in a choir have on your physical health?’ The question was carefully worded to be as open as possible, to allow respondents to say that singing has no effects or to identify both positive and negative effects on health. Four findings stand out from this study. Firstly, many respondents did not answer this question or expressed a belief that singing does not have effects on physical health. Secondly, there was a clear spectrum of confidence in the substantive answers respondents gave when identifying effects – usually benefits. Some answers were given very tentatively, whereas others were given with a great deal of confidence. Thirdly, with respect to the positive benefits identified by choristers, four areas stand out most clearly: effects on breathing and lung function; posture and body control; relaxation and stress relief, and physical activity and energy. And finally, the analysis of choristers’ answers has helped to suggest some of the hypothetical mechanisms at work which link the activity of singing to aspects of physical health. The limitations of this study are considered and recommendations made for future research. en
dc.format.extent 52-59
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.other Choral singing en
dc.subject.other Wellbeing en
dc.subject.other Health en
dc.subject.other Qualitative en
dc.subject.other Cross-national en
dc.subject.other Survey en
dc.title What do Singers Say About the Effects of Choral Singing on Physical Health? - Findings from a Survey of Choristers in Australia, England and Germany en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2009411238
dc.identifier.conference ESCOM 2009 : 7th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music

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