Association of Lung Capacities in Musicians and Singers

Cydney Daquila, Dr. Benjamin Wescoatt, Department of Mathematics, Valdosta State University, 1500 N Patterson Ave, 31698

    The present study examines the association of lung capacities with musicians playing a woodwind or brass instrument and singing, versus individuals who have no musical history. The purpose of this study is to see if there is a relationship in the lung capacity of participants who have played a musical instrument or sang, versus those who have not. The research question was raised when examining previous studies done on the effectiveness of music therapy that drew inconclusive results (Harode, D., Shahu, R., 2015). This meta-analysis explored previous studies already done on music therapy’s effectiveness in published journals. It divulged various results, ranging from finding a therapeutic effect for music therapy to finding no effect at all. This demonstrates an overall inconclusive verdict on musical therapeutic effects. 

     Participants were divided into two groups based on musical history. One group contained participants who reported having a musical history, whereas the other group reported no prior musical history. There was a total of 23 participants between 18-30 years of age. The sample pool was also questioned on their history of smoking which is a crucial variable in evaluating lung capacities. Unfortunately, due to the unexpected COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as an exponential increase in electronic cigarette use- many of the participants (musician/non-musician) were considered smokers and the sample size was a lot smaller than anticipated. These combined factors resulted in the sample not having enough non-smokers to solely evaluate the non-smoker data. This study still holds valuable insight on musician’s lung capacities compared to non-musicians.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Cydney Daquila

Institution: Valdosta State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Health & Human Development

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5124