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An Agenda for Best Practice Research on Group Singing, Health, and Well-Being

Dingle, G. A., Clift, S., Finn, S., Gilbert, R., Groarke, J. M., Irons, J. Y., Bartoli, A. J., Lamont, A., Launay, J., Martin, E. S., Moss, H., Sanfilippo, K. R. ORCID: 0000-0003-2236-3307, Shipton, M., Stewart, L., Talbot, S., Tarrant, M., Tip, L. and Williams, E. J. (2019). An Agenda for Best Practice Research on Group Singing, Health, and Well-Being. Music and Science, 2, pp. 1-15. doi: 10.1177/2059204319861719

Abstract

Research on choirs and other forms of group singing has been conducted for several decades and there has been a recent focus on the potential health and well-being benefits, particularly in amateur singers. Experimental, quantitative, and qualitative studies show evidence of a range of biopsychosocial and well-being benefits to singers; however, there are many challenges to rigor and replicability. To support the advances of research into group singing, the authors met and discussed theoretical and methodological issues to be addressed in future studies. The authors are from five countries and represent the following disciplinary perspectives: music psychology, music therapy, community music, clinical psychology, educational and developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, health psychology, social psychology, and public health. This article summarizes our collective thoughts in relation to the priority questions for future group singing research, theoretical frameworks, potential solutions for design and ethical challenges, quantitative measures, qualitative methods, and whether there is scope for a benchmarking set of measures across singing projects. With eight key recommendations, the article sets an agenda for best practice research on group singing.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Publisher Keywords: Arts in health, biomarkers, choir singing, group singing, health, qualitative, quantitative, research methods
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
Date available in CRO: 01 Nov 2021 10:34
Date deposited: 1 November 2021
Date of acceptance: 14 June 2019
Date of first online publication: 10 July 2019
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/26969
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