Music and Choirs in the Workplace
I am not reinventing the wheel here.
I first came across the Workplace Choirs idea about seven years ago
the Victorian Government's Health Promotion unit (Vichealth) started to
promote the mental health benefits of people doing things
together. Back then they were funding singing leadership skills
training, particularly through Fay White.
The Health Benefits of Singing
This 2003 Melbourne
article summarises the health benefits of being in a choir.
been very active in promoting community singing. The above article
by Fay White similarly refers to academic papers which detail the
health and social benefits.
For those who are fascinated by the science, Community Music
Victoria has a very detailed page on Music
Who already has Workplace Choirs?
That's who! This press
release from Deloitte's in London details their involvement in
workplace choirs in the UK.
story (from February 2009) is a good summary (just under 4
minutes) of how the company Music
Offices is working with London office workers to put a real lift
in their day and week.
And in Australia Tania de Jong from Creativity Australia started
promoting workplace choirs back in 2008. This
interview with Tania is from a Life
Matters episode back in December 2008.