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Research Bursary 1

The Bursary offered will cover all module costs including UWTSD Registration Fees and Assessment costs.

The Bursary will be for a 60 credit module at level 7 and you will receive a 60 credit transcript.

This will run to a strict timeline of 8 months.

The project will need to receive Ethical Approval from UWTSD.

Applications must include a Research Proposal and a funding request.

The closing date for applications is 1st September 2021. You will be enrolled onto the module in October 2021 and begin your project in November 2021.

Singing for Health Bursary Criteria

Applicants must hold the following:

  • A postgraduate qualification that included study of Research Methods and undertaking Independent Research
  • A valid Enhanced DBS

Applicants must provide the following:

  • A full Research Proposal, through the Research Proposal Form provided
  • A funding request and financial estimation of any costs involved in the research project e.g. cost of any field research
  • Details of previous research undertaken
  • A personal statement outlining why they should receive funding for their research, and what they wish to add to the field of Singing for Health through their research

Gaps in Research and Potential Research Questions

In the article An Agenda for Best Practice Research on Group Singing, Health and Wellbeing. Dingle et al, 2019 the authors lay out a set of future Singing for Health questions, based on gaps in the literature. They also recommend that future research clearly specify a theoretical framework guided by the research question and that researchers measure theoretical constructs that are meaningful to that framework.

Voice Workshop Research Bursaries are designed to support researchers who are interested in closing the gaps in literature around Singing for Health. To that end, we have laid out a selection of topics in areas of Singing for Health research based on the Dingle 2019 article, that we would look to provide bursaries for.

Question 1: Are the health and well-being benefits of group singing unique to singing, or is any enjoyable group activity similarly effective for health and well-being?

Possible qualitative research projects could be:

  • A comparison of health/wellbeing/emotional outcomes between an elderly Singing Group and an elderly Activities Group e.g. group painting; yoga; dance etc. This could use the same age range between participants of different groups and the same lifestyle of participants between different groups.

Question 2: How does group singing compare with structured group therapy for psychological problems, such as group cognitive behaviour therapy?

Possible qualitative research projects could be:

  • Interviewing participants of group singing and interviewing participants of group therapy. Comparing their responses; designing a questionnaire that measures emotional wellbeing before and after the group; asking how they feel about attending choir vs. therapy e.g. is there less stigma, do they feel it’s more social than targeted at mental health, is this more or less effective?

 

Question 3: What is the cost effectiveness of group singing for health?

It may be possible to do desk-based research for this question e.g. using previous health reports and statistics to compare and contrast the cost effectiveness of group singing for health in the UK vs. pharmaceutical intervention.

 

Question 4: What makes an effective group singing for health leader?

Possible qualitative research projects could be:

  • Interviewing group singing leaders for different Singing for Health groups e.g. Singing for Stroke, Singing for Parkinson’s.
  • Measure outcomes of different Singing for Health groups (but same outcome e.g. Singing for Parkinson’s) with different leader characteristics e.g. comprehensive knowledge of health issues vs. strong background in choral music but little health knowledge.
  • Are there differences in health and well-being outcomes for high- or low-energy leaders, or for leaders with different types of professional training?

 

Question 6: How long do the psychological benefits of group singing last after a single session?

Possible qualitative research projects could be:

  • Designing a questionnaire, focus groups and interviews with members of a singing for health group.
  • Perhaps over the period of 12 weeks, or 3 months, the researcher could meet with participants and use questionnaires to track their mood whilst carrying out more in depth interviews.
  • If the groups is targeted at a specific health condition e.g. brain injury, researchers could also investigate whether psychological benefits correlate with any physical improvement.

 

Question 7: What are the potential health and well-being benefits in one to one singing sessions?

This is seeking to understand whether singing in a group is more impactful than one to one singing sessions. Much of the existing research highlights the benefits of group singing, so a focus on individuals will be a helpful addition to the literature.

  • A project may seek to explore the differences or similarities in effects between group singing and one to one singing environments.
  • A study may present a case study of one or more students and may choose to focus on children, young people or adults.

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