Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Imperfect Harmony - Reading Together - Ave Maria

Want to feel better? Sing! Join a choir! As music teachers, since we are surrounded by music on a daily basis, I think we sometimes forget just how beneficial music is to us and to our students.

"Almost every study of singing I've read comes to the same conclusions: singing feels great and it's good for you. It decreases feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and depression. Singing also makes you smarter. Children who sing in choirs get better grades, according to a 2009 study by Chorus America. Choristers are also nicer. They were found to volunteer significantly more than the general public and to give more money to charity.
There are physical benefits to singing, as well. Studies show that brain activity involved with learning music helps counteract the effects of aging and cognitive decline." (page 145, Kindle Edition)

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