The Immutable Benefits of Singing
It’s no mystery that singing makes you feel epic – there are so many moments during the course of the day that are elevated through singing, whether we’re conscious of those moments or not!
It could be your theatrical baritone performances in the shower or those preferably unobserved singalongs in the car…
…singing comes naturally to us all, it’s the one music instrument we all share. Built into the very fabric of our bodies and like all instruments, the more you practice, the better you get.
In this article, we hand over the reigns to two of our voice tutors Sam Nichols and Jo Marsh. They discuss the core benefits of singing, how they construct their lessons and how you too can benefit physically, socially and mentally from singing.
Group singing encourages children and young people to work together as a team and accept and support one another, performing music can be very emotive and having your team around you can make you feel very safe.
Performing as part of a group in different settings can make young people feel involved with the community and encourage them to take part in community-based events. It also gives them the opportunity to discover something new from someone else.
As with any musical discipline group singing can have a positive impact on academic study. Children can become more self-confident, self-disciplined and have improved social development.
Group singing can improve creativity and help to develop listening and language skills, (often children with slower language development are able to express through song before through direct speech).
Singing can also help to improve memory, especially when songs are learnt by ear as children will need to take in and retain the words and melody as it is dictated, this can help them to retain better in an auditory learning situation within the classroom setting.
Group singing can have a very positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of those involved. It can often help them build a network of friends and trusted individuals outside of their school and peer group allowing them to build feelings of self-inclusion and to improve their social inclusion both in and outside of their ‘normal’ social groups.
Often children who struggle socially in a school setting will find like-minded peers through activities such as group singing and will be encouraged to be themselves. Singing, in general, can help to reduce stress as endorphins are released as you sing, singing as a group can enhance this as, as well as your own endorphins rising, you are able to feed off others and the feeling of singing together can be quite euphoric.
Singing also increases the oxygen in your bloodstream and can improve core and muscle strength.
7 Lesser-known Benefits
Increased lung capacity
Enhanced language abilities and memory for words
Lowers stress levels
Can aid with sleep and snoring problems
Can help patients cope with chronic pain
Increased mental alertness
How SOPM Voices Group Sessions Work
Each SOPM Voices session starts with a 15-20 minute physical warm up. This is really important as it prepares the group participants to sing by warming up their voices and relaxing their bodies.
It’s important for that we try to ensure that our song choices are fun and that everyone is encouraged to participate, regardless of their personal ability. All groups are very supportive, not competitive at all, with all ages and varying experience.
So much of singing is actually listening. Singers are actively encouraged to listen to their own voice and get to know their bodies. Vocal health is very important and we do talk about that in sessions too.
Essentially, our priority for the group sessions is to ensure that everyone has a lot of fun while developing their voices and confidence in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere.