Music and Singing: creating wellbeing
Music and singing activities can enhance and maintain subjective wellbeing in adults with diagnosed conditions. Wellbeing is important as a goal in itself, for people to feel satisfied with their lives and experience, and feel connected to their community.
The strongest evidence surrounds music and singing for older people and includes effects of music, particularly singing, on morale, mental health-related quality of life, loneliness, anxiety and depression. There is also evidence for wellbeing outcomes of music and singing for specific sub groups including young adults, marginalised groups and people in justice settings. Outcomes for these groups include changes in mood, anxiety and sense of purpose.