Young singers set to make beautiful music

Young people who sing in choirs reap many benefits, above and beyond artistic development and creative expression.

  • Sep. 7, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Sue Gould

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Young people who sing in choirs reap many benefits, above and beyond artistic development and creative expression.

From stronger academic performance, to improved health and posture. Singing even helps with shyness and stuttering.

As the artistic director of Young Golden Voices, an organization that provides children a life-enhancing experience through the study and performance of choral art, I proudly reflect on what studies have shown to be the benefit of singing in choirs.

Singing in choirs is something that one can do for spiritual uplift most of our lives. Choral singing is a great way to build a sense of community. This kind of purposeful fellowship is increasingly important in our hectic and material-filled lives.

Young people are extremely busy these days. They have an infinite variety of choices. You are right when you ask, “Why is singing in choirs an excellent choice for my child?”

Parents and students should realize that choral singing has tremendous benefits to your intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development.

Here are but a few researched points.

Studies have shown that young people who sing in choir, do better in their school studies, especially in mathematics. Develop personal confidence and overcome shyness when speaking in public. Have a tendency to be healthier and are sick less often. If a stutterer, do not stutter when singing. Acquire improved abilities to speak and enunciate more clearly. If ESL, learn the language faster and better. Have better posture and body alignment. Learn to breathe properly. Make lasting and wholesome friendships.

We as humans, so the neurologists say, are hard wired to make music. Singing in choirs is the most natural way to make music and express oneself.

By encouraging your child to sing in a choir and to learn how to demonstrate excellence as a group, one is making as a parent an investment of incalculable worth in your child’s life. You are giving them the gift of music — indeed a “lifelong joy.”

Young Golden Voices is Golden’s very own children’s choir. There are in fact two choirs available: The Sparrows, for school grades 1-3, and the Nightingales, for school grades 4-7. Emphasis is on making music while having fun, however other important benefits include learning proper vocal techniques, basic ear training and an introduction to reading music. Young Golden Voices is accepting new registrations for the Fall term now. Please contact me, Sue Gould,  at 250-344-7112 or email sue@seguemusic.com for more information. We will have a table at the Town Registration Night.