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Singing for Wellbeing: Research on making a model for group singing interventions

Added to website 14/08/2023. Updated 17/08/2023.

This academic journal article explores the benefits of community-based group singing for positive wellbeing through a series of interviews, and creates a series of recommendations for group singing interventions.

Singing for Wellbeing: Formulating a Model for Community Group Singing Interventions

Article by: Natasha Hendry, MA Dr Siobhan Lynam, MB, MICGP, GradDipPsych, and Caroline Lafarge, PhD.

Research into the benefits of community-based group singing, pertaining to positive wellbeing and Quality of Life is lacking. Additionally, no preferred theoretical framework exists for community singing-based interventions. For the present study, six members of a UK community choir were interviewed using a semi-structured interview approach. Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was employed. Analysis produced superordinate themes of: Social Factors with key elements such as social bonds and group identity; Psychological Factors, highlighting self-efficacy, self-identity and positive emotions and Psychological Motivations for Joining the Group, including autonomy, change of life circumstance and seeking a new challenge. The style/method of the group, teaching, music and group leader, were shown to have an influence on perceived benefits of the singing group. A key product of this study beyond the evidenced benefits of group singing is the development of an intervention model that optimises wellbeing outcomes in community singing groups underpinned by psychological theory, findings from the wider literature and the results of this study.

Citation: Hendry N, Lynam DS, Lafarge C. Singing for Wellbeing: Formulating a Model for Community Group Singing Interventions. Qualitative Health Research. 2022;32(8-9):1399-1414. doi:10.1177/10497323221104718

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