Singing for Health
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Shakespeare & Whieldon 2017
Evaluation of the effectiveness of the 'Sing Your Heart Out Project', providing Community Singing Workshops for Mental Health Service Users and the General Public
Sing to Beat - a new training model?
Created for the 2021 International Culture, Health & Wellbeing Conference, Sing to Beat share how they evolved and adapted their training model during the pandemic,
How a small charity is keeping the nation smiling and singing through the pandemic
After many years touring the world as a professional musician and producer, Shapeshifter's Artistic Director Alison Jones (pictured centre below) wanted to give something back to the community. Still passionate about the power of music, she took a small group of musicians to St Christopher’s Hospice in South East London and hosted a singalong session.
The Singing Clinic – Building a Singing for Health Programme in partnership with Social Prescribing
Emily Foulkes shares her experiences of developing Singing for Health work linked to Social Prescribing in Cornwall
My Voice Lifts My Soul - a Singing for Lung Health project during lockdown 2020
Juliet Russell talks about the first UK project to integrate singing for lung health (SLH) approaches for people with lung diseases and those suffering from COVID-19
The way we breathe, the way we move, the way we connect to our body are all vital to the way we sing
Janet Swan, former Speech and Language Therapist, explains how she came to be delivering Singing for Health to 'anyone who feels they would benefit' – i.e. open to all
Something Inside So Strong
Soprano, Musical Director, and Vocal Coach Nicola Wydenbach offers a short case study about singing and mental health and her Mind and Soul Community Choir, offering advice on putting the members at the heart of the work and how to manage as a choir director.
Emily Foulkes talks to Sophie Garner about her work and research on singing for people with brain injuries and her journey to becoming an author of books about creative songwriting with children.
Grenville Hancox presents a case study based on Monday Music, a singing for health group which has met weekly before and during the Covid pandemic which seems to support the outcomes of original research suggesting group singing is important for the heart and soul, the mind and the body for the self and the community.
The Origins of Singing for Health
Dr Stephen Clift - Professor Emeritus at Canterbury Christ Church University, Visiting Professor at York St John University and Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health - looks back over 20 years of Singing for Health research.
Singing for Health - Birmingham's Sufi Choir
Hamid Lea, trustee of the Zawiya Trust, explains how the formation of a Sufi singing group has exceeded all expectations in bringing benefit to young people from South Asian communities in Birmingham.
Phoene Cave on singing and lung health
Phoene Cave - leading specialist in singing and lung health - gives an audio description of the powerful role singing can play in combatting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Measuring the Unmeasurable
Dave Camlin - musician, composer, music educator and researcher - explores the building up of a picture of group singing that captures more of its profoundly transformational nature. Difficult to quantify in research terms, but of enormous potential value if it can be captured.
Running Singing for Health Groups
Karen Diamond - herself a sufferer of adult-onset asthma - describes her experiences as a facilitator of two Singing for Health groups in Northern Ireland.
Singing and Parkinson's
Vocal coach and choral facilitator Elizabeth Drwal Stuttard presents two films exploring raising proprioceptive awareness in community singers with Parkinson’s through Laban based movement warm-ups integrated into the vocal sessions
Monroe et al 2020
The effects of choral singing on communication impairments in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): A systematic review: Effects of choral singing on communication impairments in ABI: A systematic review
Campbell et al 2021
Narrative review exploring the extent to which group singing can be seen as improving both physical and psychological health in participants with or without chronic health conditions
Focussing on the good things
Vicki Hodges shares her journey as a singing leader working in a range of health settings - particularly supporting cancer care - which led to her setting up a new choir: Sing out Sutton.
Singing for mental health during Covid
Duke of Edinburgh student Matilda Hart shares this blog piece about her experiences of volunteering at Arts and Minds, a Cambridge-based charity that aims to support people's mental health by connecting them with the arts, in particular through the Michaelhouse Singers.
A Pocketful of Starlight: Lighting the flame of hope through music
Irish songwriter, community musician and arts in health practitioner Sadhbh O'Sullivan reflects on the power of music to help people through the toughest of times... such as Covid-19
The Power of Training for Singing for Health
Marika Rauscher describes how her ongoing journey to learn more about the voice has transformed her practical as a vocal coach and vocal leader
How singing affects health & wellbeing
Dr Sarah Andersen describes her experiences of singing in the tiny Norwegian city of Namsos, and her continuing work to understand more about the wellbeing aspects of singing.
Leading Singing Sessions on Zoom
Pauline Down describes leading sessions on Zoom with Re-Live's Coming Home Choir - the frustrations, the surprises, the deep sense of connection and mutual support, and the expanding heart