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What Has The Last Two Decades Of Research On Singing And Health Taught Us? A Personal Reflection
With Professor Stephen Clift
Thursday 19th May At 5-7pm (UK Time)

The last twenty years has seen a remarkable growth of research on the possible health and wellbeing benefits of singing.

This course will chart this development, revisiting the early studies at the beginning of the century and charting progress since then towards the conduct of significant randomised controlled trials on singing for people with serious health conditions, including COPD, mental health, Parkinson’s and dementia.

In addition to such quantitative controlled studies consideration will be given to the essential contributions of qualitative research to understanding how singing works.

The course will help students develop the skills needed for critical interpretation of research studies, and the potential translation of their findings into practice.

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Stephen Clift is Professor Emeritus, Canterbury Christ Church University, and former Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

He is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and is also Visiting Professor in the International Centre for Community Music, York St John University.

Stephen has worked in the field of health promotion and public health for over thirty years, and has made contributions to research, practice and training on HIV/AIDS prevention, sex education, international travel and health and the health promoting school in Europe.

Since 2000 he has pursued research in arts and heath and particularly the potential value of group singing for health and wellbeing.

Stephen was one of the founding editors of the journal Arts & Health: An international journal for research, policy and practice.

He is joint editor with Professor Paul Camic of the Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Thursday 19th May at 5-7pm
(UK time)

This course is free for Voice Study Centre's MA/PGCert students and £30 (VAT inclusive) otherwise.

If you would like to book a place on this course, please use the payment form in the 'Book Your Place' tab or email

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