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Singing for Health and Well-being - 2018 Programme

We have long believed in the many benefits associated with taking part in music and singing and now the evidence is stacking up to support this.  Our Director has been studying Singing for Health and recently completed a PGcert in Applied Professional Practice and Vocal Pedagogy with Voice Workshop and Cardiff Metropolitan University. This has really helped to steer the priorities for Cymaz Music based on research and evidence.

 

From 2018 our areas of focus for delivery are;

  • Singing for Lung Health Projects (Anella) in Liskeard and St Austell
  • Holistic Singing for people suffering with chronic pain (Lostwithiel)
  • Singing for positive Mental Health - including Mindfulness through Singing and Music for children and young people experiencing mental health challenges, such as anxiety, stress, depression
  • Singing for staff well-being through Kana! - a workbased singing group for Cornwall Council and NHS employees

 

Our aspirations are;

  • To champion and advocate for singing for health locally, regionally and nationally
  • To produce training, support and guidance materials for singing for health
  • To collect evidence and data to contribute to the growing number of studies into the health and well-being benefits of singing

 

Key dates and achievements

  • Anella – Singing for Lung Health St Austell – launch event in St Austell 28th March. Sessions starting on Friday 20th April at Wheal Northey Surgery. Supported with funding from the Postcode Community Trust as part of the Social Prescribing Initiative in St Austell
  • Anella - Singing for Lung Health Liskeard - A continuation of sessions for the existing group members with funding from Councillor Sally Hawken and from SOUP community funding event produced by RIO.
  • Holistic Singing and Voice Sessions for people with chronic pain starting on Friday 23rd March in Lostwithiel supported by funding from Councillor Colin Martin.
  • Emily is presenting her research on holistic singing for people with chronic pain at the Voice Geek conference on 29th April in Colchester. https://voiceworkshop.co.uk/2018-Conference
  • We have attracted local, national and international interest in our Singing for Health work. This includes, advising the new Sing Up Foundation , writing for Classical Music Magazine, interviews on BBC Radio Devon, Talk Radio in Spain and having an article published in the Mail on Sunday
  • Two Mindfulness through Singing and Music projects are being piloted in Liskeard School & Community College and Cubert Primary School with funding from Cornwall Council.

For more information about Singing for Health and Well-being or Mindfulness through Singing and Music please contact Emily - emily@cymazmusic.org.uk

Priority area: 
Inclusion & Social Cohesion
Health & Wellbeing