Emotions, singing, and well-being

Davidson, Jane W., and Krause, Amanda E. (2021) Emotions, singing, and well-being. In: [Presented at the Australian Association of Gerontology Conference]. From: 54th Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, 10-12 November 2021, Online.

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The work of emotion where music has been used for explicit well-being outcomes has been understudied. For example, the successful use of choral singing with marginalised groups is well established, but it has been most typically reported as means of providing opportunity for improved health particularly related to physical outcomes such as improved breath control or social activity. The work of emotion in expressing and managing feelings as well as expanding sense of self in relation to maintaining and expanding social relationships has been less investigated. By focusing on emotion, the current study purposefully aimed to expand the scope of the discourse and understanding of music’s role in well-being outcomes for individuals, small groups and the broader community. Two case study choirs were explored: a same sex and gender diverse youth chorus and a community senior choir. Thematic analyses of these rich data revealed the importance of emotions as corporeal, relational, socio-political and performative experiences, and emphasised the centre role of emotions across different age groups and group contexts. The research highlights the need to consider the work of emotions in social group contexts and also the power of emotions when experienced in musical contexts in particular. The present results highlight the significant and central role of emotions in gaining at least some of the well-being benefits associated with singing. Drawing on the PERMA model of well-being as a lens to interpret the results, implications arise when considering how to design and facilitate group singing opportunities for older adults.

Item ID: 70811
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: ageing, aging, healthy ageing, positive ageing, choir, singing, music psychology, psychology of music, social psychology of music, well-being, emotions, PERMA, music asylum, wellbeing
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Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2021 00:11
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 60%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360304 Music performance @ 40%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 60%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music @ 40%
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