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Why Sing?

Group singing is powerful!

Given how much we know about the benefits of singing with others, there is still only scant institutional recognition and support for group-singing opportunities.

Singing costs nothing, requires no special equipment, no qualifications, no permission, is completely safe, has no dangerous side-effects, can be done standing, sitting, cycling, dancing, floating, driving, walking, gardening, choring, lying down, hanging upside-down, bouncing a baby on your knee, and is endlessly portable.

We carry the tools with us from the moment we draw breath until our dying day.

And yet after decades of research, and many thousands of scientific studies finding significant benefits to mental health, cognition, language development, social connection, physiological health, respiration, heart rate, pain relief, memory, mood, immunity, efficiency, community, and wellbeing, we've seen little change. But perhaps the greatest benefit of group-singing is that it's just a whole lot of fun!

The most remarkable news is we don't even have to be good at it to reap the benefits!

Here is a small sample of the vast body-of-work demonstrating the power of singing with others.

May it be an inspiration and encouragement.

Heart and Breath

Music Structure Determines Heart-rate Variability of Singers

How Music May Affect Your Heart

Memory and Speech

Group Singing Supports Communication in Aphasia

Music and Memory in Dementia Sufferers

Choir Singing Boosts Cognition in Older Adults

Early Childhood

Why You Should Sing To Your Baby (even if you're not a good singer)

Songs We Sing To Babies And Why We Sing Them

Identity, Belonging & Community

Feeling Lonely? Singing Could Be A Joyful Remedy

Group singing improves health, happiness - and is the perfect icebreaker

Mental Health & Wellbeing

Singing Your Heart Out Has Surprising Psychological Benefits

The Mental Health Benefits Of Singing

Immunity

Your Healing Voice

Music As Medicine

Cognition & Language Development

How Songs Can Speed Up Language Development

Singing As Language Development Aid in Children with Down Syndrome

Productivity & Efficiency

The Tradition Of Work Songs

Singing For Your Supper (Scottish Work Songs)

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