How Participation in Group Singing in the Community Impacts on Emotional Wellbeing: A Qualitative Study on the Perspectives of Group Singing Participants


The Australian Journal of Music Therapy




Group singing has established physical, emotional and social benefits, however much of theresearch has been undertaken in clinical environments. This article describes a study into the effects of participation in group singing in the general community. The voices of community singing participants are used throughout the paper to describe a range of perceived benefits. These benefitsare evaluated against existing music therapy research on group singing as well as broader healthresearch. Ten specific recommendations for further research have been made.

Music and Health Institute Terms

Community Music Experience; Emotional Functioning; Engagement Level; Music Therapy; Recreative Music Methods; Singing a Song; Wellness and Well-Being

Indexed Terms

Psychotherapy; Choirs; Musicians & conductors; Participation; Intervention; Pandemics; Mental disorders; Medical research; Community; Mental health; Singing; Qualitative research; Coronaviruses; Singers; COVID-19; Citizen participation; Anxiety; Australia

Study Type

Case Study; Qualitative Methods

Document Type