Interactive Choral Activity as Support for University Studies

Research on how interactive choral activity affects the performance of higher education students suffering from social anxiety

"Interactive Choral Activity as Support for University Studies - Narrative research on the learning experiences of higher education students suffering from social anxiety” examines university students’ experiences with the “Grapple Choral Singing” (Kuorolaulu kouraan”) project. This practical project was executed by the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) and the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. The “Grapple Choral Singing” project targeted students in need of tools for developing interaction skills and managing social situations, fear and anxiety.

The aims of this research project are 1) to increase awareness of students’ stress, social anxiety and tension related to university studies and pedagogy; and 2) to explore the interactive choral activity as experienced by university students suffering from social anxiety. The research is based on interviews with the participants of the “Grapple Choral Singing” project.

Abstract

The project researchers are EdM in Adult Education and PhD Satu-Mari Jansson (University of Helsinki); MMus and Doctoral candidate Eeva Siljamäki (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki); and Administrative Chair of CERADA, Professor Heidi Westerlund (Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki).