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TitleThe perceived psychosocial contributions of choral singing in a Setswana-speaking community
AuthorRaditladi, Lobone Arthur
SubjectChoral music
SubjectPsychosocial benefits
SubjectStress relief
SubjectChoral music -- South Africa -- Case studies
SubjectChoral singing -- South Africa -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies
SubjectTswana (African people) -- South Africa -- Music -- Case studies
SubjectTswana (African people) -- South Africa -- Songs and music -- Case studies
SubjectChoral singing -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Case studies
SubjectTswana (African people) -- Social aspects -- South Africa -- Songs and music -- Case studies
Format1 online resource (iv, 97 leaves) : color illustrations
AbstractChoral music has played an important role in the liberation of South African people, and it is still very popular today, including among Setswana-speaking choral groups. This study looks at the role of music, particularly choral music, in the expression of Setswana-speakers’ identity as well as the psychological effects on the psychosocial well-being of the choristers. A qualitative research approach, supported by in-depth interviews, was adopted in this study to better understand the singing experiences of two male choir conductors and two female choristers. For this purpose, thematic analysis technique was employed. The results indicate that singing in the choir contributes to the choristers’ physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual well-being as well as to their identity formation. Participants also highlighted challenges such as time constraints, poor leadership, socio-economic conditions, unforeseen circumstances, discrimination against younger members, love affairs, and gossip within the choral groups. The results indicate a positive and socially engaging contribution of choral music in the expression of identity as well as in the sense of belonging and connection of choristers. The findings are in line with the literature and indicate that participation in a choir enhances and strengthens psychosocial well-being, that is self-discipline, healthy lifestyle, self-confidence, self-esteem, motivation, physical fitness, emotional expressivity, emotional processing and stress relief, social responsibility, moral growth and development, mental alertness and focus, upliftment and inspiration, connection with God, and nurtures the community social fabric.
AbstractM.A. (Clinical Psychology)
IdentifierRaditladi, Lobone Arthur (2017) The perceived psychosocial contributions of choral singing in a Setswana-speaking community, University of South Africa, Pretoria,