Preaching Through the Choir. What Interprofessional Education Can Learn From Choir Singing

Juliëtte Anna Beuken*, Felicitas Biwer

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Collaboration between healthcare professionals from different backgrounds is a true art to be mastered. During interprofessional education (IPE), learners from different professions learn with, from and about each other. Landscape of Practice (LoP) theory can offer insight into social learning in IPE, but its application is rather complex. We argue that choir singing offers a helpful metaphor to understand different concepts in LoP (brokers, engagement, imagination and alignment) and how they are manifested in IPE. Based on similarities between choir singing and IPE, we present four lessons: 1) The teacher sets the tone: a lesson for brokers; 2) You can only learn so much alone: a lesson for engagement; 3) Listening is not as easy as it sounds: a lesson for imagination and 4) A song is more than the sum of its parts: a lesson for alignment. Moreover, we reflect on differences between choir singing and IPE, and insights from these differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-279
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives on Medical Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2024


  • Humans
  • Singing
  • Interprofessional Education/methods
  • Learning
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Cooperative Behavior


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