As we enter a new year and a new lockdown, let’s remind ourselves why it’s more important than ever to keep singing. Leicester Youth Chorus resume their free zoom rehearsals on Tuesday 12 January, so it’s the perfect time to start a new hobby.
1. Singing makes you happy
Just like exercising, singing releases endorphins, a chemical that makes you feel happy and uplifted. It’s like a reward for all your hard work in rehearsal, and it puts a swing in your step for the rest of the day.
2. Singing reduces stress
When you learn a new song or a difficult passage of music, it requires your full attention. Concentrating on one thing stops you from worrying about anything else! And if you want to get scientific, the concentration reduces your levels of cortisol, a chemical which can cause stress and anxiety. The breath control needed to sing, and the breathing exercises you use as you warm up helps you to relax too. It’s also pretty cool that singers’ heartbeats synchronise when they are breathing and singing at the same time.
3. Singing improves your social life
Meeting up (virtually) on a weekly basis gives you something to look forward to and helps to build connections with other people. Singing as part of a choir is also a great way to be a part of something that is bigger than yourself and creates a wonderful sense of community. Ex-members of Leicester Youth Chorus who met at choir have made life-long friendships.
4. Singing boosts your confidence
Learning or improving upon your singing skills provides a real sense of achievement. Singing in a concert or virtual performance improves your confidence as you familiarise yourself with performing. Having a choir to sing with also makes it less scary; the more you perform, the more confidence you’ll get.
5. Singing is good for your educational development
Skills that you learn whilst singing can be easily transferred into the classroom. Learning rhythmic patterns, melody and lyrics improve memory and warm-ups and actions can develop you motor skills. Singing also develops your team-working skills, creative thinking and language and reasoning abilities as the left side of the brain is used more often. Singers additionally develop greater listening and communication skills.
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