There was a time when everyone used to sing. We sat around campfires, at church and at school. We sang our stories and our dreams. We sang alone and we sang together. Nowadays not many of us sing. We worry that people will think we are strange or that we will be judged and not as good as the celebrities we idolize.
Singing is not about being a star or knowing how to do it well. It’s about enjoying the gift of our voices and sharing them with others. We were born to sing. It’s primal and it’s tribal. Voice is the language of our hearts. It’s how we express ourselves. And it’s very important to our mental, physical and social well-being.
Singing is just as normal and natural as breathing, and it is great fun to just turn up to a local hall, meet a bunch of new friends, do a few minutes of basic and fun warm up exercises to get your voice moving and stretching, waking you up and tuning up your voice and body, some rhythm exercises that get your brain working, and then learn a couple of really simple unison or two part songs
Here is what singing can do for you!!!
Release endorphins and increases levels of oxytocin
Improve posture, breathing and blood-flow
Create new neural pathways and improve brain meta-plasticity
Ward off age-related decline by continuously ‘exercising’ your brain
Develop better vocal health
Promote social bonding and cohesion and broaden your own sense of identity
Relieve mental health issues; feel happier, better connected and supported
Connect with other diverse voices and your community
Be smarter, healthier, happier and more creative
Janet Swain has been creating and teaching choirs for many years, and always finds great joy in teaching people how to discover and use their voice and discover and learn new songs. Her background in theatre and love of performance brings something magical to her classes as she encourages her students to take risks without being singled out or intimidated! Janet believes that group singing in one of the quickest and most effective ways of creating and deepening community and connection between people. She also performs in the music theatre/cabaret band The Loveys.