Health Promotion: Community Singing as a Vehicle to Promote Health

Jing Sun, PhD (Editor)
School of Public Health and Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Queensland, Australia

Nicholas Buys, PhD (Editor)
Teaching and Learning, Griffith Health Executive, Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus,Queensland, Australia

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Health and Human Development
BISAC: HEA010000

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Singing is a great vehicle for communal activity, but it has disappeared as a part of adulthood in many communities. Children still sing in kindergarten, but when do we as adults sing together? Singing has a wide range of personal benefits besides learning about music and how to create it. Developing and improving healthy singing techniques has been shown to have multiple physiological and social benefits for the participants, while also being a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Working with the voice has many physical benefits, such as improved posture and respiratory strength, increased energy levels and also stimulation for the mind. There are also many social and personal benefits, such as boosted self-esteem and confidence, improved communication and listening skills, raised self-awareness and awareness of others and developed team working skills. One area of communal activity that has received increasing attention is participative community singing, because it entails aerobic exercise, social interaction and promotion of a sense of connectedness. We believe it may be a good avenue to increase sense of connectedness and to promote participation in exercise activities.

In this book we provide persuasive evidence from research to demonstrate the power of community singing in promoting social and emotional wellbeing, preventing depression, promoting healthy behaviours and promoting access to health services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia. In addition, the health effects of Tai Chi as another form of the arts is also explored. Academics have collaborated with practitioners to produce the study results, all of which are quantitative and report on the effects of community singing practices for a marginalised population in Australia. (Imprint: Novinka )

Introduction

SECTION ONE----COMMUNITY SINGING

Chapter 1. Using a Participative Community Singing Program to Improve Health Behaviours
(Jing Sun, Nicholas Buys and Dion Tatow, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia, and others)

Chapter 2. Using Community Singing as a Culturally Appropriate Approach to Promote Wellbeing in People with Depression
(Jing Sun and Nicholas Buys, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 3. Community Singing Program and its Effect on Improving Access to Health services
(Jing Sun and Nicholas Buys, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 4. Health Benefits of Tai Chi
(Jing Sun and Nicholas Buys, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 5. Can Community Singing Programs Promote Social and Emotional Wellbeing?
(Jing Sun and Nicholas Buys, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 6. Arts and Culture Activity Participation
(Jing Sun and Nicholas Buys, Griffith University, Southport, Queensland, Australia)

SECTION TWO---ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Chapter 7. About the Authors

Chapter 8. About Griffith Health, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

Chapter 9. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 10. About the Book Series “Health and Human Development”

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