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Heterogeneity of Danish lung choirs and their singing leaders – a study of performance, experiences, and attitudes in an emerging field

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  • Mette Kaasgaard
  • Ingrid Charlotte Andersen, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Peter Vuust, Center for Music in the Brain, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University and The Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/AalborgAarhus, Denmark., Denmark
  • Ole Hilberg, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Anders Løkke, Lungemedicinsk Afd., Århus Universitetshospital, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Uffe Bodtger, Roskilde Hosp, Dept Resp & Internal Med, Næstved Sygehus, University of Southern Denmark
Background: Lung choirs gain increasing attention as a beneficial leisure time intervention. In United Kingdom a standardized training program is offered to singing leaders by the British Lung Foundation. A similar program is not available in Denmark. This study investigates current variety in setting and approach in Danish lung choirs.

Methods: An online survey was performed among Danish lung choir singing leaders, comprising 25 questions. Quantitative variables were counted, and inductive content analysis approach was used for the qualitative component.

Results: Totally, 20 (67%) of 33 identified singing leaders responded. The lung choirs were heterogenous concerning setting, form, content and approach. Most singing leaders held high educational degrees in music, but lacked skills in lung diseases. The choirs were traditionally led with low levels of physical activity. However, singing leaders experienced lung choirs as a highly meaningful, and perceived that participants benefitted physically, psycho-socially, and musically. The study also identified concurrent tension fields, spanning from enthusiasm concerning perceived potentials of the field of “arts-and-health”, and experiences of insecurity and isolation among the singing leaders.

Interpretation: Danish singing leaders to do not have insight into disease specific aspects of singing in lung choirs, and lead the choirs without using techniques endorsed by the best documented singing leader training program (from UK). Nevertheless, the responding singing leaders found their activity highly meaningful.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year29 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2019
EventDansk Lungemedicinsk Selskab Årsmøde/Kongres 2019 - Odeon Kongres Center, Odense, Denmark
Duration: 29 Nov 201930 Nov 2019


ConferenceDansk Lungemedicinsk Selskab Årsmøde/Kongres 2019
LocationOdeon Kongres Center

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