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UL seminar to explore health benefits of singing

AN exploration of the health and well-being benefits that come from singing will take place at the University of Limerick this Friday.

Researchers and practitioners from different disciplines in the field of social singing, health and well-being will gather at a free seminar run in conjunction with ‘Sing Ireland’.

The main topics of the seminar are the social connection that singing provides, the health and well-being benefits that come from social singing ad what constitutes good practice in social singing.

Senior Music Therapist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rebecca O’Connor will make a presentation on how singing can be integrated in the rehabilitation of patients in all areas.

Participants will also have the opportunity to experience and engage in social singing themselves through an experimental workshop as well as take part in the Irish World Academy Gospel choir rehearsal.

Second year PhD candidate, Sophie Lee says “students will have the unique opportunity to learn about the health and well-being benefits of social singing from a wide variety of perspectives including music therapy, community music, social justice, voice studies and traditional song.

“Employing the ethos of  community music practice, this session will be based on principles of accessibility, inclusion, diversity, and the joy of making music,” Sophie adds.

The seminar will take place from 10 am until 4pm at the Irish Academy of Music and Theatre at the University of Limerick.

Free tickets can be booked here.

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