Using Choral Singing to Improve Employee Well-Being and Social Cohesion in the Norwegian Public Sector
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This chapter explores the ways in which choir singing can facilitate a deeper and more profound learning process through the stimulation of multiple sensory modalities, including emotional and bodily experiences. Subsequent to a choral singing intervention, that aimed to improve employee wellbeing and social cohesion in a Norwegian municipality, a group participants and non-participants were interviewed about their experiences. A wide range of perceived barriers to participation was reported, such as lack of vocal skills, introversion and family commitments. Participants who were initially reluctant, but who overcame these barriers, experienced a more profound impact on well-being and social cohesion whereby emotional experiences over time shifted from negative to positive and a threshold was overcome. Observing others who overcame this kind of threshold was just as powerful as overcoming it themselves. The study reported in this Chapter was conducted also in collaboration with Grete Wennes.
KeywordsChoral Singing Improve Employee Well-being Arts-based Methods Chorus Sings Positive Emotional Experiences
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