If I sing, something happens to me … And it is nearly always something positive. Three out of every four young singers feel happy, feel good, or try their best. Half experience emotions such as pride, ambition and competence, or feel that they are prepared to dare more.
Two-thirds of the children and youngsters say that they are more relaxed since they have been singing in a choir. More than half believe that they have more self-confidence. 50% claim that they have a more positive attitude towards life.
Choir leaders reported the following three positive influences of singing in a choir for young people:  they have more self-confidence,  they give a more confident impression and  they are more positive about life. Negative influences are seldom or never experienced. The choir leaders unanimously reject the contention that some choir members become shyer, more introvert, or have a more negative approach to life. The majority also deny that singing in a choir leads to other types of negative behaviour, such as being afraid to make mistakes or wanting to be the centre of attention.
All the choir leaders are convinced that singing in a choir has a positive influence on the development of children and youngsters. Half of them claim that young singers learn how to better understand and express emotions through their dealings with other choir members.
Singing in a choir stimulates positive emotions in the young choristers. Girls experience these positive emotions relatively more often than boys. Negative emotions are seldom experienced.
The children and youngsters attributed the positive emotions they experience when singing in a choir above all to the atmosphere in the group and the melodies of the songs they sing. It is useful for choir leaders to be aware of and take account of these finding; for example, when choosing the choir’s repertoire. In addition, other group activities are a good way to encourage and strengthen relationships within the choir.
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Three-quarters of the children who have sung solo say that it was a positive experience.
Half of the young choristers began singing in a choir through intrinsic motivation: they simply like to sing. One is five joined a choir for cognitive reasons: they want to learn to sing better. The majority carry on singing in a choir for the same intrinsic reason: they still enjoy doing it.
When asked why young people join their choirs, the choir leaders gave much the same reasons as the young people themselves: first and foremost, because they like to sing.
73.4% of choir leaders claim that the children and youngsters have an influence on the choice of songs sung by the choir.