Singing group leaders’ experiences of online singing sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid survey
Price, S., Phillips, J., Tallent, J. and Clift, S. 2021. Singing group leaders’ experiences of online singing sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid survey. Journal of Music, Health and Wellbeing.
|Authors||Price, S., Phillips, J., Tallent, J. and Clift, S.|
A significant consequence of the COVID-19 lockdown measures introduced by the United Kingdom government has been the abrupt halting of face-to-face singing sessions for both amateur and professional singing groups. The detrimental effect of the lack of face-to-face singing is perhaps particularly experienced by those engaging in singing for wellbeing, many of whom use regular group singing to help manage specific long-term health conditions. During the early weeks of national lockdown in the United Kingdom, reports of singing groups meeting online were noted, particularly through use of online platforms such as Zoom and Facebook. An online survey with 291 responses investigated singing group leaders’ experiences of online singing sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Group leaders reported significant impact on personal finances, role change and development, time, energy and wellbeing, and a detrimental effect on their musical satisfaction. The value of online singing sessions to their group members was recognized, along with a perception of responsibility for members’ wellbeing. Findings suggest that, despite significant personal challenges, singing group leaders’ efforts have not only encouraged a sense of identity, social contact and wellbeing for members but also highlighted the potential for an enhanced, inclusive and accessible addition to future face-to-face singing sessions.
|Keywords||Singing; Wellbeing; Online session; COVID-19; Coronavirus; Pandemic|
|Journal||Journal of Music, Health and Wellbeing|
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|Deposited||28 Oct 2021|
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