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The Benefits of Choral Singing (By Erin Repsher)

by Valentina Jotovic on November 28, 2010

I think we all would agree that the sound of a child’s singing voiceErin Repsher, Conductor, Hunterdon Youth Choir is one of the most beautiful and precious sounds on earth.  To hear this natural instrument in its purest state is a very touching and inspiring experience.  Reciprocally, the children who are creating these wonderful sounds are enriching their lives and receiving positive benefits to last a lifetime. 

Studies show children who sing in choral ensembles are exposed to experiences which positively influence their social, emotional and academic life.  As a music educator and choral director, I have witnessed this growth and joy year after year while working with my students.  It is truly remarkable to see (and hear) a child producing such expressive and sophisticated music with their singing voices.  As children learn and make music alongside their peers, they can enjoy the following benefits:

•   Success for all types of learners:  during a typical choral rehearsal, music is explored by utilizing multiple intelligences (i.e. visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, logical/mathematical, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, verbal/linguistic, etc.)

•   Improvement of literacy skills:  there are many strong connections between reading the words of our favorite storybooks and reading a melodic phrase on a music staff.  In addition, the natural flow of choral lyrics can greatly impact a student’s ability to become more fluid and fluent readers.  Fluency is an integral part of successful reading

•   Increased success and understanding of mathematics: music is filled with patterns, fractions, addition, subtraction, grouping, sequencing, etc.

•   Children delve into their expressive side while exploring different emotions found in their song repertoire

•   Choral music helps us learn to work cooperatively while strengthening our social skills to achieve a common goal

•   Children build confidence as they learn to take risks, improve their talents, and perform for others

•   Music has a naturally soothing and relaxing quality.  It does wonders for our mind, body and spirit! 

•   Choral singing has been shown to improve memory, practice/homework habits, responsibility and creativity

Rehearsing and performing with a choir can generate an immense sense of accomplishment.  These fun and rewarding memories will last a lifetime!  I invite you to attend a demo session of our Advanced Choir at no cost to you.  The demo takes place on December 2, 2010 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Hunterdon Academy of the Arts (4 Minneakoning Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822).

Erin Repsher, Conductor, Hunterdon Youth Choir

Topics: benefits of choral singing, singing lessons, voice lessons

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