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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter explores evidence that reveals the psychological benefits of participation in singing activity. The theoretical framework for this chapter focuses on Ryan and Deci’s(2002) model of psychological needs. This theory argues that when satisfaction of the psychological needs of competency, relatedness, and autonomy are met, health and wellbeing are achieved. It is shown how feelings of competency and social connection can be achieved by placing singing at the center of someone’s life which can enhance potential for positive well-being impact. Generating feelings of autonomy facilitate motivation and promote self-endorsed and self-governed actions. Examples from singing contexts provide evidence for this discussion. In groups such as older people, for example, the sense of individual control in the singing group can have positive effects in a life otherwise often controlled by doctors and care workers.

Keywords: psychological needs, competency, social connection, well-being, autonomy, motivation

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