The Magic of Singing – 50 Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Raise Their Voices

art-0116-singingIt happened a couple of years ago. My then 10-year-old daughter was moping around the house, grousing about some aspect of our lives that was not as ideal as she perceived her friends’ lives.

And that’s when the light bulb went off.

“Hey, why don’t you go upstairs and practice your choir songs,” I said in as non-punitive a tone as I could muster. Truth was, I was tired of the grousing. Comparing her life to her friends’ lives was becoming a bad habit. But my daughter had been singing in her elementary school choir once a week before school for a couple years, and she had recently been chosen to attend the state choir event.

The director sent each kids home with a CD of music to listen to and practice to on their own. I decided to jump on this opportunity to give my non-instrument- playing daughter a bit of regular “singing practice” time.

My suggestion caught my daughter off guard. She paused, perhaps about to argue, but then thought about it, shrugged, and said, “Okay.”

As she retreated up the stairs, I called after her cheerily, “Give it at least 20 minutes of practice, okay?” I had the feeling I was onto something.

Moments later, the sound of her voice came wafting down the stairs. The kid who had been moping about was now totally immersed in her music study.

Thirty minutes later, she skipped down the stairs, humming and cheerful. “What’s for dinner?” she said. “Can I make it?” I’d hit the mood-improvement jackpot for my child.

Since then, “singing practice” has become something of an institution in our home. No matter how many times I suggest, “Time for singing practice?” to my daughter, she never argues, she’s always willing to give it a go. And every time she does it, her mood is lifted and her attitude gets an adjustment without any fussing or futzing from me.

I’m not sure whether singing practice can work the same magic for every child, but now that you know how powerful the practice might be, doesn’t it seem silly not to try it with your own song-loving kids?

Singing is healthy physically, psychologically and socially, whether your child’s singing is pitch-perfect or not. Once you consider the many benefits singing can have on any member of your family, you may even decide to set aside your own daily singing time, and start to look for ways to get your whole family singing together and with others.

For information about local choir groups for children, visit http://www.northstateparent.com/YouthMusicGroups.

50 Good Reasons to Sing Regularly

  1. To lift spirits and lighten moods
  2. To learn to express a range of feelings
  3. To recognize song patterns, rhythms & rhymes
  4. To find comfort or solace
  5. To get involved in the arts
  6. To improve articulation
  7. To make any experience more fun
  8. To release frustration
  9. To encourage creativity
  10. To relax the body
  11. To inspire imagination
  12. To develop a stronger musical ear
  13. To become a better listener
  14. To develop memorization skills
  15. To recover from disappointment
  16. To calm anxious nerves
  17. To increase self-confidence
  18. To learn new words
  19. To expose yourself to different song styles
  20. To improve math aptitude
  21. To learn about history
  22. To improve body rhythm
  23. To stimulate brain development
  24. To experience joy
  25. To become a better communicator
  26. To exercise the lips, tongue, mouth and face
  27. To feel more grounded and present
  28. To cause endorphins to flow
  29. To develop leadership skills
  30. To share something special with others
  31. To aid healing
  32. To carry on traditions
  33. To improve the quality of your singing voice
  34. To find a more natural speaking voice
  35. To develop a sense of musical artistry
  36. To release oxytocin, a natural stress reliever, in the brain
  37. To sleep better at night
  38. To improve your posture
  39. To exercise the lungs, abdomen & rib muscles
  40. To boost your immune system
  41. To open up your sinuses and respiratory tubes
  42. To develop a healthier breathing pattern
  43. To feel individual power
  44. To participate in something positive
  45. To have the experience of reaching goals
  46. To appreciate all forms of music better
  47. To develop a sense of command over your voice and body
  48. To make music for free or inexpensively
  49. To remember you are an instrument
  50. To make your life rich with song
Christina Katz
About Christina Katz

Author Christina Katz believes in the power of the arts to improve and enrich the lives of children and families, and appreciates the moments she’s witnessed transformative results first-hand.

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