Brighten your Week with a Song (or Five!)
The Wellbeing at One Project is an online singing facility starting in April 2022 and is for anyone wanting a mid-week boost. Individuals can sign up for a monthly subscription (£10). Companies can invest in their staff wellbeing by purchasing a bundle. For example, a month of singing for up to 50 employees is £250. There is flexibility in terms of the price structure can depend on the size of the organisation and the length of time.
We’ll meet every Wednesday lunchtime 1-1.30pm to sing together on zoom. This might well include people working from home, it could be set up in a meeting room for more staff to attend together. We’ll sing feel good songs together enabling us all to feel a little bit more positive and energised. I choose pop songs from across the decades mixing things up each week. Everyone is encouraged to have a go – all singers are on mute.
I’ll poll the singers at the end of each session to give an idea of how people are feeling and which songs they’ve enjoyed. The main aim is to have people leave the session with a smile on their face and a song in their heart.
Online sessions take place via Zoom, enabling participants to see each other and interact. During the actual ‘singing’ part, it’s simply not possible to hear each other due to latency IT issues and so this is the point I opt to ‘mute all’. This has it’s advantages! People singing in the comfort of their own environment have the confidence to try new things and develop their singing. I always start with some vocal warm ups and a little bit of singing technique. Harmonies are taught by ear and can be provided as an extra resource if required. I develop the layers of sound through the session and am able to repeat parts and answer questions as we go along. There is no need to have sung before or have been part of a choir. My teaching style is inclusive and easy to follow and most importantly, it’s fun.
The positive effects of singing are well documented and these feelings are not diluted when we sing online connection of singing the same thing at the same time remains, even for inexperienced singers.
“I can honestly say that introducing a singing group at Hillarys has had a really positive impact on engagement. Whilst we may not have solid measurement for this you can clearly see and feel the energy this has generated.” This has also improved cross functional relationships and there is a better understanding and appreciation of what other people do in the business.”
“Being part of Kari’s choir has been the most wonderful, joyful and life-affirming experience. Kari’s incredible energy, clear and fun teaching methods, constant encouragement and boundless enthusiasm has made me believe that I actually can sing and has given me the confidence to sing with choirs in person – something I was completely terrified of doing before singing with Kari. Thank you so much Kari for showing me the absolute pure joy of singing with others! It has been truly life-changing.”
“I felt the same listening to [our recording] as I do hearing us sing at a performance.”