Can everyone sing? Are there any benefits in singing?
One of the most obvious benefits you will experience when you start using your vocal chords properly is that you, as a student and singer, will learn good vocal techniques, posture, breathe control and tone production.
- Singing strengthens concentration and memory
- Singing helps you develop your communication
- Singing adds a rich and more pleasant quality to your speech
But I also believe that singing, and especially when you are singing in a group or with a band, has got many added benefits apart from the obvious ones.
Singing can actually help you stay healthy, widen your cultural understanding, grow your imagination and make you a happier person.
Music is the “universal language” and helps you to connect with your deepest emotions and to deal with difficult situations in a better and more optimistic way.
- Singing involves your body, mind and spirit
- Singing makes you feel better both emotionally and physically
- It can help reduce anger, depression and anxiety
Singing in a Group
When you sing in a group you need to work together with the other people in the group; you need to breathe together, use the same dynamics and stick to your harmony line. It is therefore very important to be able to listen to the other singers and blend with them so that the full sound of the choir can be rich and full. All of the singers have to work together as a team to create a beautiful experience for both the singers and the audience. This can be very rewarding for everyone involved:
It enables you to meet more people and make friends
Provides a safe environment to try out new skills
Can be a place filled with fun and laughter
Can become a great source of support and help
Brings people together and promotes bonding
But what if you don’t want to, or can’t sing with other people? Some of us would like to explore our own style and taste in music. Are there any benefits to singing on your own?
As a solo singer you can shine and do your own thing. It can help you to develop your singing technique and confidence. When you sing alone there are very different dynamics to think about. If you are the lead singer in a band for example; you need to work with the musicians in your band and blend with the sounds of loud instruments. It allows you to step out and own it.
- Singing Increases your self-esteem and confidence
- It increases feelings of well-being
- It lifts you up spiritually and emotionally
The good thing about singing is that you can do it anywhere and everywhere; you can sing in the shower, in the park or in front of an audience, there are no limits! I know of no other activity that gives so much and still is affordable and accessible. Anyone and everyone can sing; young and old, beginner or professional. Singing is the ultimate mood regulator; it helps dealing with anxiety, depression and loneliness, while at the same time amplifies happiness and joy, with no unpleasant side effects!
Why not give it a go? Singing could be the emotional outlet you so desperately need or a chance for you to release all the creativity you have kept stored up inside.
If I was you I would not waste another minute….
Rainey, Sarah. 10th July 2013. “All together now: singing is good for your body and soul”. The Telegraph.
Horn, Stacy. 2nd July 2013. “Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others”. Algonquin Books