Workplace Wellbeing: Tip Number 10 – Start your own choir

A bit like Yoga, being involved in a choir is very popular at present. There are choirs out there that you can join for all different types of people and groups, especially community ones.

One of the most recent and more famous choirs was started by Jonathan Welch. He created the Choir of Hard Knocks. This was made up of homeless people from around Melbourne and became a worldwide success. I still see “Clarko” around the streets from time to time.

Another is by a lady called Kavisha Mazzella. She is an ARIA winning singer songwriter who established the Italian Women’s Choir in Fremantle in 1993 as an eight-week project. It’s still going strong today.

A lesser known one is at one of our major regional hospitals here in Victoria. It was started and is now run by the staff as part of their Workplace Wellbeing Program. They meet once a week after work on Thursday nights and have performed outside of the hospital at a variety of venues, mainly for the community or charities.

Tip Number 10. Start your own choir

Choirs are now popping up in workplaces everywhere and here are a few good reasons why. Firstly singing is an aerobic exercise. It requires deep diaphragmatic breathing as well as increased heart rate. This is especially true for the quicker and more “up and about” songs. They don’t take a lot of work or effort to start and run also. All you need is someone to stand out the front to get them all to start and finish on time, and keep some kind of a beat and tempo going. Much sheet music is free off the internet and there are no other associated costs.

Here are 5 more reasons as to why you may like to start a choir at your work.

  1. Participating in a choir requires people to do different things at the same time, together, without losing focus. It’s all about effectiveness and efficiency. This required focus is actually a mindfulness exercise.
  2. If it doesn’t work, then try a different way. As the human voice is different for each of us, the ability to create a new way of doing something, to get a different result, is key. Songs can be done to different modalities also. You can swing it, jazz it, or rock it out. The choices are endless.
  3. Different to teamwork, this is more about discipline. It’s about being mindful of sticking to the outcome, even when things are not working out the way they should. Practice and Persistence makes for Perfection.
  4. Everyone can sing at their own level and standard. It’s also very easy to hide in a choir. Now I didn’t say do a Milli Vanilli and do nothing but mime, but singing softer can be sweeter than singing louder.
  5. It still sounds good. For some reason we resonate with others through interaction and sound. When things resonate, at any level, they sound good. So get out there and make a noise. You’ll find the pitch that works for you. And if doesn’t then just laugh. Now there’s a sweet noise that everyone likes to hear ha ha ha!

About the Author

TEC Speaker Merv NealMerv Neal is an ex TEC member and has been a TEC speaker since 2010. As a Director of Holistic Services Group, he specializes in assisting businesses of all types and sizes to create and then implement their Workplace Wellbeing programs. For more information you can contact Merv on 0408 552269