Why have a workplace choir?

  • A workplace choir is proven to improve employee wellbeing, mental health and happiness

  • Workplace choirs are proven to boost productivity and reduce absenteeism and presenteeism

  • A workplace choir can take employees out of their comfort zones, shown to lead to greater levels of engagement and creativity and help improve your company’s bottom line

    “It felt therapeutic just to hear my own voice after sitting in silence for a while. When my voice was combined with the other voices I felt a huge sense of connection to the rest of the group. It was powerful.”

 
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How singing is good for you

It’s hard to overstate or exaggerate the vast array of physical, mental and social benefits that singing in a choir offers, but we have made an attempt here. All backed up by science of course!

Reducing stress

  • Singing decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol - study

  • Exhaling for longer than inhaling (as happens when we sing) helps to calm the nervous system when stressed or anxious -study

  • Heartbeats synchronise when a group sings together, bringing about a calming effect- study

  • Singing allows us to be fully in the present moment, a cathartic experience and welcome break from other thoughts, emails, meetings, budgets etc.

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Group cohesion

  • The release of oxytocin and seratonin helps you feel good and fosters an increased a sense of bonding and trust -study

  • Studies have proved that choristers considered their choirs to be a more coherent or ‘meaningful’ social group than team sport players considered their teams - study

  • The ‘ice-breaker effect’ of singing promotes fast cohesion between unfamiliar individuals, which bypasses the need for personal knowledge of group members gained through prolonged interaction - study

  • Relative strangers quickly bond through encouraging willingness to coordinate on a shared outcome - study

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Boosting confidence and health

  • Singing gives you the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone.

  • Singing boosts your self-esteem.

  • Singing regularly can improve your ability to use your speaking voice with more clarity and confidence too.

  • Singing improves posture, making you look more confident, automatically making you feel more confident

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Joie de vivre

  • People who sing are proven to be happier - study

  • Singing dramatically increases levels of happy hormones including oxytocin and serotonin - study

  • Singing has been shown to offer similar health benefits to those posed by yoga -study

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The secret of eternal youth

  • Singing allows for improved blood circulation and oxygen flow; two factors that are the secret to younger looking skin.

  • Singing is beneficial for facial relaxation and stretching.

  • Singing tones your facial muscles and makes you look younger and more vibrant.

  • Singing improves circulation, which in turn boosts your immune system by increasing quantities of cytokines -- proteins of the immune system -- which can boost the body's ability to fight serious illness.

  • Singing literally exercises the lungs and heart

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Improving brain functionality

  • Can ward off age-related decline by continuously exercising your brain - study

  • Improves your memory by creating new neural pathways and improving brain meta-plasticity - study

  • Music provides a way to access regions of the brain and reawaken autobiographical memory when language won’t, and can make you a better linguist - study

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While wellbeing and health are recognised effects of choral singing (Clift et al. 2008), the workplace choir affords certain experiences that are uniquely related to the fact of being coworkers in an organisation. The workplace choir seems to be a direct and rapid way to unfreeze identities as established hierarchy and relations become temporarily suspended. Bringing participants out of their everyday comfort zones in a safe way enables learning experiences that, although outside the realm of workplace tasks, are central to effective workplace collaboration. As one form of community music, the singing nurtures the participants’ identities and strengthens their agentic skills, and thereby promoting growth and enhancing confidence
— Veblen & Olsson 2002