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Benefits of Choral Singing

 

Singing is good for you emotionally, physically and socially. It's a great workout for your lungs, heart and circulation.

 

Singing is very important for children; an inclusive activity whereby all children can be equal and connected.


Singing helps children's memories. Practising musical patterns and rhythms helps form neurological pathways, with huge implications for children's learning.

 

Certain songs connect us to our cultures, our pasts and give us a sense of belonging. Singing songs from different cultures helps children to develop international awareness, and is an excellent means of understanding different cultures and traditions.

Preparing for eisteddfods/concerts not only requires the discipline of attending weekly rehearsals, but it also develops the skills of listening, concentration, teamwork and developing confidence. Choirs bring people together with a sense of purpose and belonging to create music and communicate in ways that words can't.

 

Singers develop breathing techniques to create phrasing and musical expression. This has many physical benefits, but it also transports the singer to another level, to a place where they no longer think about their day-to-day worries.

 

Choirs truly know what teamwork means. Preparing for concerts and performances requires dedication, discipline and commitment. Through choral singing students develop self-esteem, confidence and the ability to communicate with each other as well as an audience. There is such an elevated sense of achievement during the rehearsal process when harmonies and the music come together. Singers learn to listen, concentrate and think
creatively. These traits make for lifelong learners.

 

It’s a proven fact. Children who study music have better grades, on average, compared to children who don’t. Unfortunately, singing along with the radio or karaoke tapes of their favourite pop songs isn’t going to cut it. Music is highly mathematical (surprise!), and increased exposure to a structured program of musical study develops and expands the part of the brain that does maths. Language and social skills also see a marked improvement, and who wouldn’t like to give their students a ‘leg up’ in the learning department? 

Further reading...
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Why singing in a choir is so good for you

Performing offers many emotional, physical and social benefits.

Children Singing in a Choir
Choir singing improves health, happiness

Group singing can improve physical and mental health, as well as promote social bonding.

Choir Singer
The research behind choirs and singing

The neuroscience of singing is proven to make us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative.

How singing together changes the brain: Tania de Jong AM at TEDxMelbourne
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How singing together changes the brain: Tania de Jong AM at TEDxMelbourne

Tania de Jong AM makes the case that people singing together can change the brain. Pushing the idea that creativity is the strategic tool of the 21st century, she says how our voices have been silenced and that it's not doing us any good. She explains how singing is a survival mechanism, how it makes our hearts beat together and can help heal strokes and depression. With singing, and the potential she believes it has, Tania dedicates herself to enhancing and promoting ingenuity and founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to do so. As a leading Australian soprano and through 'With One Voice', Tania works with disadvantaged communities. In 2008 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the arts and for the establishment and development of arts enrichment programs for schools and communities. Connect with Tania: Tw: @TaniadeJong FB: https://www.facebook.com/taniadjongam Ln: http://www.linkedin.com/in/taniadejong G+: https://plus.google.com/102004449932208558046/posts TEDxMelbourne brings a diverse group of people together to share ideas, knowledge and inspiration through a series of events throughout the year. Visit our site: http://tedxmelbourne.com Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEDxMelbourne Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tedxmelbourne Follow us on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/tedxmelbourne/ Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/tedxmelbourne/ View photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxmelbourne About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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