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J Yoon Irons
University of Derby, UK

Grenville Hancox
Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Product Details
18 Mar 2021
Emerald Publishing Limited
140 pages - 138 x 216mm
Arts for Health
We are ‘hard-wired’ to sing – singing has defined our evolution. Through singing we express our feelings, communicate and connect with others. We are all singers: singing is part of us and defines cultures worldwide. Singing also, importantly, makes us feel better: it is, undoubtedly, good for us.

This book provides an important overview of current research showing the benefits of singing on our health and wellbeing. Case studies illustrate its power - for example, how singing helps hospitalised children and a man living with Parkinson’s. The book also discusses potential barriers for singing and useful strategies needed to overcome them. An example of a community singing group is also demonstrated, alongside practical advice on facilitating community singing groups for health and wellbeing. The book will be valuable to professionals working in health and social care settings, to practitioners and educators interested in engaging in singing for health promotion, and individuals looking to find out more about the benefits and practicalities of singing.
Chapter 1: Why Singing?
Chapter 2: Singing to Survive
Chapter 3: Case Examples of Singing as Recovery
Chapter 4: Overcoming Barriers to Singing
Chapter 5: Engaging with Singing
J. Yoon Irons is a research fellow at the Health and Social Care Research Centre at the University of Derby, UK, where her research focuses on the health and wellbeing benefits of singing. She is also a singer and music therapist.
Grenville Hancox is Professor Emeritus at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. He is the founder and artistic director of the Canterbury Cantata Trust charity and Sing to Beat Parkinson's, which promote community group singing for better health and wellbeing. He is also a choral conductor and clarinettist.
'Singing is about participation. It is about being in the world. It is about wellbeing, everyday life, help and comfort. It is not for one minute about whether you have a "good" voice. It is not only about choir singing, pop music or opera. It is about taking part with your voice. This lovely book makes these points loud and clear.' - Professor Tia DeNora, University of Exeter, UK and GAMUT, University of Bergen, Norway

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