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Exploring The Healing Powers Of Singing


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While I don’t have cancer, I have many fond memories of marching/concert band in high school and college. It definitely made a difference in my sense of well being and sense of achievement.

From the 13 July 2012 article at Medical News Today

The Welsh cancer charity Tenovus and Cardiff University, both based in the UK, have reported that participation in a choir improves a number of quality of life factors for cancer survivors and their carers.

In an effort to create a community for cancer survivors and their carers, Tenovus established the choir, Sing for Life, in 2010. More than just a support group, the aim of the choir was to improve quality of life and emotional well-being in a more social setting.

…Analysis of the questionnaires revealed an improvement in factors ranging from vitality tomental health and reduced anxiety and depression after the three month period. There was no change in the level of fatigue or change in lung capacity, but there was a trend of increased maximal expiratory static mouth pressure (MEP), a test of the strength of respiratory muscles.

The perceived benefit of the choir was quite clear based on data from the interviewed participants. They commented on the benefits of having a common goal and looking forward to the performances. Overall, participation in the choir lifted the mood of many of the participants and gave them a sense of achievement.

July 13, 2012 - Posted by | Psychology | , ,


  1. Interesting post! I love music and singing. My child loves marching band. It’s interesting to learn the impact that music can leave on someone. I commonly play classical music for my younger children and especially in the car with fussy babies and toddlers. Thanks!

    Comment by shanna | July 17, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you for the uplifting response. So good to hear band is cool (in my mind it always was!). Also, thanks for keeping up the classical musical tradition in ways your children can relate to.(If it wasn’t for concert band, I would have had no intro to classical music at all at school).

      Comment by Janice Flahiff | July 17, 2012 | Reply

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