Experiences, motivations and vocal behaviours of amateur singers of Rock Choir
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Summary: Objective. To investigate why people sing in amateur choirs, their perceived benefits, their knowledge of vocal care and what they actively do to look after their voices. Study design. Semi-structured interviews. Methods. Five members of Rock Choir were interviewed. The interviews were transcribed, then analysed using thematic analysis. Results. The participants discussed several reasons why they joined Rock Choir and the benefits they feel they get from it. This included, but was not limited to, their enjoyment of singing and the emotions related to it. The social environment of the choir was another strong motivation. The interviews identified other factors not previously discussed in the literature. The vocal care participants reported to undertake was varied and there appeared to be some confusion and lack of knowledge around this topic. The participants all reported that it was important to them to be able to continue singing in Rock Choir. Conclusions. The findings suggest that people sing in amateur choirs for several reasons beyond just their enjoyment of the activity, including the social environment, and that it would be beneficial to provide members of amateur choirs with information and advice regarding vocal care, vocal symptoms to be aware of and what to do if they experience these symptoms
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