Sunday, February 19, 2017

Benefits of Choral Singing

While vocalists may just seem like the non-instrumental musicians, all musicians should at least sing in a choir as there are many psychological and physical benefits to choral singing. Many musicians sing in choirs and if you aren't singing in one, you're missing out on this unique pastime. Members of a choir benefit greatly - outside of the musical box.

The idea of a community is strengthened through choral singing. Research led by psychologist Nick Stewart of Bath University showed that people who participate in a choir experienced a bond of togetherness and they felt more involved than others in different social activities. Choir members end up having a better feeling for social well-being.

A number of studies have revealed that there are mental health benefits of singing. A year-long study discovered that participants diagnosed with depression found that some of them ended up no longer being depressed after spending one year in a choir. Other studies have also shown that singing in general releases endorphins (the feel-good chemicals from your brain). Oxytocin helps control stress and anxiety and oxytocin levels are boosted in group singing, which will aid to high-school/post-secondary students who may have a lot on their plate to be less stressed.

Aside from the psychological benefits, choral singing also grants several physical benefits. Singing requires breath control and will help with deep breathing. The deep breathing that is needed in singing results in more oxygen intake and better circulation.

Choral singing isn't just simply singing in a group. Choral singing is a full experience that grants psychological, social and physical benefits to each and every member. 

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