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Publication Detail
The benefits of singing
  • Publication Type:
    Internet publication
  • Authors:
    Welch GF
  • Publisher:
    Sing Up
  • Publication date:
  • Status:
  • Keywords:
    singing, benefits, lifespan
  • Addresses:
    UCL Institute of Education
    Culture, Communication and Media
  • Notes:
    This is a special online resource to support the print and online article 2017, being an updated version of the original which appeared in the Sing Up magazine in 2012.
There are many different bene ts that arise from engaging in singing activities. These apply to all ages, from childhood into adolescence and through into retirement age and beyond. With appropriately nurturing experiences, singing competency will develop. Almost without exception, everyone has the potential to sing competently and enjoy singing across the lifespan. Childhood provides a crucial opportunity to lay the foundations of a positive lifelong singing (and musical) identity. Within the various research literatures, there are ve main areas of reported bene t from singing. Bene ts are physical, psychological, social, musical and educational (and often overlapping). These combined bene ts suggest that singing is one of the most positive forms of human activity, supporting physical, mental, emotional and social health, as well as individual development in the same areas. Successful singing is important because it builds self- con dence, promotes self-esteem, always engages emotion, promotes social inclusion, supports social skill development, and enables young people of different ages and abilities to come together successfully to create something special in the arts.
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